How to Fake a Golden Glow on Your Legs

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How to fake a golden glow on your legs |

Some of you may recall that a few years ago I experienced the worst sunburn I have ever seen and I honestly can’t imagine one worse. I was taking a medication because of the gallbladder issues I was having, and whereas most medications typically come with a sun warning, this one did not. We went down to Florida for a wedding and despite wearing sunscreen and only staying on the beach for about an hour and a half at the beach or so, I had giant infected blisters covering my arms. After my parents forced me to visit an emergency room I learned that my arms were covered in second degree burns, and in addition to some heavy pain medication I also received burn cream. This was not really a life highlight and is certainly something I never want to experience again, so I RARELY go out in the sun these days. While my arms usually get a little bit of color during the summer, my legs are almost always pasty white.

While I’ve tried self tanners, I’m not a huge fan of them. The primary reason is because I’m lazy and never want to take the time to either properly apply the tanner or let it dry. Instead, I prefer products that fake a  golden glow without any thoughts of longevity. Dry oils, shimmers and spray on bronzers are my ultimate summer indulgence that I typically pull out during warm months that fake the illusion of a summer glow, if not a full summer tan.

Ready for some faux summer sun? Here are some products that help you fake a golden glow on your legs for as little or as long as you want.

Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil

The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil • $22

This oil gets rave reviews and I have been meaning to try it for years! It is available in two shades, Golden Honey and Honey Kissed (pictured above).

Ever Glow Body Renewal Oil

Ever Glow Body Renewal Oil • $55

I received this body oil in my Stella & Dot Summer Box and I love it. It has a very mild summery scent and the shimmer is very subtle. It’s pretty close to perfect, in my opinion.

This Works Skin Deep Golden Elixir

This Works Skin Deep Golden Elixir • $61.50

Shimmer 24 carat gold? Yes, please.

Reverence de Bastien Leg Shimmer Dry Oil

Reverence de Bastien Leg Shimmer Dry Oil • $59

This oil is supposedly super moisturizing and the mother of pearl particles will leave your gams looking amazing and feeling silky smooth.

Fake a Summer Glow with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs • $10.23

This is one of my favorite products that I invest in every summer! It works great and is super easy to apply. Highly recommend!

TIP: For dry shimmer oils, it’s best to apply them immediately after bathing. Whenever I use one I typically forego my traditional moisturizer in lieu of the oil.


Do Tell: What are some of your favorite products that will help give your skin a golden glow?

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