If you’re looking for the kind of glow that won’t look out of place with a cozy sweater, you’ve come to the right place! For the most convincing results, our sunless and spray tan team of experts called the Golden Girls recommend “just dropping your tan down one shade” from your regular summer glow goal. Which to some sunless lovers, this means rinsing off an express self-tanner a little sooner, such as one hour instead of three. That way it doesn’t develop to its full strength. Or consider trying a clear water formula instead; we know you’ll love its lightweight feel! Another option for tan fans who want to sleigh it this holiday season in their sunless at-home routine, may opt to go the gradual route. That way you’re in full control; If you don’t find it quite dark enough after one application, you can just apply your self-tanning product again the next day. It’s easier to build that way.
To celebrate the joyous season and add some extra swoon-worthy shimmer wherever you go (or stay), our Golden Girls have rounded up the best 6 products to achieve a natural glow at home during the holidays. Whether for your own personal use, or purchased for someone special on your shopping list, give the gift of “a healthy golden glow” with our holiday gift guide below!
“Wondering what to get that ride or die girlfriend that always has your back and just knows when you need an egg nog latte on those rough days? Look no further… Norvell Venetian Mousse is a safe bet for all your besties with different skin tones! Giving the gift of a natural beautiful golden hue is the best gift for this season. The Norvell Venetian Mousse is not only gluten free, paraben free, cruelty free, non-comedogenic but it’s also an orange-free sunless product! Meaning this is a bullet proof solution making sure only her natural inner goddess arrives at this year’s holiday party. Don’t forget to include a mitt for application because ain’t no body want those type of tan lines.”
“Have you ever had one of those days where you just need to buy a really decadent piece of chocolate? This is how I feel about Mine Tan’s Luxe Ultra Dark Self-Tan Foamed Oil. The colour is so rich and the hydration you get from the 7 heavenly oils packed inside this golden bottle is to die for! Another bonus, it’s that quick fix you need as it can develop in as little as an hour! Want darker? Leave it on for three.”
NATURALLY ROSE-Y CHEEKS
“Winter calls for cold air outdoors and high heat indoors… Which means my skin is super dehydrated and needs some TLC. What better way to give it a boost of moisture than with soothing rose water! And even better? The gorgeous natural-looking colour I get from using this Rose Illuminating Facial Tan Mist! Depending what day of the week or mood I’m in, I have two ways for application. I either start my day with “tantouring” (a tip I learned from a TikTok trend hashtag) where I spritz the mist directly on my makeup contour brush so that the definition lasts even when I remove my makeup at the end of the day. Then I use a powder brush to sweep the spray where the sun would naturally hit like my nose, forehead and the top of my cheeks, this way it gives me a “I just spent the whole weekend skiing in Whistler Blackcomb” sun-kissed look! Whereas on relaxing low-key weekends I like to keep it super simple and just lightly spritz Rose Illuminating Facial Tan Mist all over my face straight from the bottle. Either way, my facial skin is treated to ultimate hydration which also helps prolong my tan and maintain a holiday glow all winter long!”
“This is my fav self–tanner for the winter months! Unlike the name states, let’s be honest we all don’t want to look fake and none of us can pass off that we just came back from a luxurious vacation on a tropical beach right now, so this is the perfect solution. This fake it til you make it self tan mousse by b.tan gives a perfect subtle glow to keep that cute but sexy Christmas party dress looking fine, without anyone knowing before application your legs really were ghostly. So fake it till you make it girl!”
SHIMMER ALL THE WAY
“I don’t know about you but I do enjoy the comeback glitter has made in beauty and skin care these days. Not sure why… perhaps my spirit animal is a shimmering unicorn? Regardless I’m never upset when Norvell Essential Dazzling Shimmering Mist meets my skin, it’s like an army of bronze and gold glitter soldiers have landed ready to go to work and accentuate areas of the skin light hits to give a flawless finish. I find the areas I apply most often are the shoulders and décolletage but ultimately you can use it anywhere including your hair! A must have for any occasion, even Zoom dates with the girls.”
SANTA’S MILK JUST GOT AN UPGRADE
“Who needs to go outside to build a snowman when you can gradually build a fresh bronzed glow indoors? Spending the holidays at home, I always find time feels like it slows down. Especially this year, being isolated inside has given me extra time to relax and reflect to appreciate the simple things in life: The snowflakes falling.. The warmth from the fireplace.. The cheerful Christmas carols I sing-along to blaring from my Sonos speakers! Well, add Mine Tan’s Gradual Tanning Milk to the list because it’s definitely one product I appreciate during the winter wonderland I see outside. Typically I am bundled up every day in cozy sweaters and wool socks, but I actually enjoy applying this silky-smooth lotion when I get out of the shower! Especially knowing it provides up to 48 hours of intense hydration! The blend of coconut oil, argan oil and macadamia oil melts into my skin and nourishes for a deeper, longer lasting tan. For best results I use this Gradual Tan Milk three times a week as part of my self-tan aftercare routine so I get my glow on all over! You know the feeling you get when you wear matching underwear, it makes you feel more confident? Well my hydrated skin thanks to Gradual Tanning Milk gives me a major confidence boost too because I find myself looking in the mirror a little longer to appreciate the fact I can keep my tan-game strong all winter long… even if it’s cold out!”