In the interest of preparing for summer, I just wanted to share with my lady-readers the best sunless tanner ever: Banana Boat Summer Color Sunless Tanning Lotion.
It’s $6.99 on drugstore.com (link via the picture above) and totally worth it. Below is a picture from my 22nd birthday party so that you can see how AWESOME the color is. Not orange at all!
I obviously am the girl in the center wearing the precious tiara in celebration of my birthday (thanks, MRF!!). I love this sunless tanner because it makes me look like I have a carefree, sun-soaked lifestyle in about 2 hours, minus all the scary potential side effects.
I love laying out in the summer — something about being from Alabama and running on Vitamin D once the average daily temperature stays above 72 for 3 days in a row — and relaxing in tanning beds, too. God, I love love LOVE how relaxing the tanning bed can be. BUT when I was 19, I had a precancerous lesion removed, and since then, I just can’t justify spending hours and hours out in the sun (or in a Booth o’ Melanoma), so I try to limit the amount of time I spend out in the sun and I ALWAYS make sure that I have a full coating of SPF 15 (my favorite: Coppertone Oil Free Sunblock Lotion SPF 15) — just ask TR.
Some days, especially gloomy weather days or stressful days, I hear the tanning bed’s siren song, but I remind myself that I really, really don’t want to die of melanoma before I’m 30.
UPDATE: Okay, maybe I look a little orange. Just sayin’.