Is Self-Tanner Worth the Hype?

I am someone who sports rather ridiculous tan lines throughout the summer months. This is a result of the attire I sport while working on the farm; typically jeans to protect my legs, work boots, and a racer-back tank. My arms and shoulders become quite tan, however, the lower half of my body does not, thus making it rather difficult to wear dresses that expose my Casper legs.

I have experimented with different self-tanning products to use on my legs, and so far, I really haven’t had any luck. I think the combination of my own application skills and the poor-quality of the products I have tried are to blame, and it seems as though no matter how careful I am, I always end up with streaks, which are never pretty. My ankles and knees tend to look orange, and the tops of my feet look incredibly blotchy and inconsistent in colour.

I have heard of a few self-tanners that are supposed to work really well, St. Tropez for example, but I am reluctant to try them out because they are typically quite expensive, and considering my luck with self-tanners so far, I don’t exactly feel like spending a whack of money only to look like an oompa-loompa. I realize that allowing the sun to do its work is arguably my best option, but for safety reasons, I simply cannot wear shorts when I am working on the farm, based on the jobs I am doing. I also can’t be bothered laying out in the sun and waiting for a tan to appear. I did this when I was younger and stupid, and not only am I impatient and struggle to sit still for that long, but the sun’s rays are more damaging than ever before.

If any of you have encountered success with a particular self-tanner, please let a girl know. I will be eternally grateful.

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