Looking For A Tan?

I’m currently on my way to Miami (and most likely sanitizing my tray table on the plane before having my apple slices and Greek yogurt), but I have a great guest post for you. Pam is such a sweetheart and I’m excited that she put this post together. After reading about her health story, I was amazed by what I learned. As a lover of the sun, I know it can be hard to stay indoors completely (especially during the warmer months!), but I understand the importance of taking precautionary measures. Thanks, Pam!

Hey Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill readers! I’m Pamela, and I blog over at Pamcakes and Coffee.


I have enjoyed reading Colleen’s blog over the past few months, and I am very excited to be writing a guest post for her while she is away on her island vacation. I thought it would be fitting to write a post on skin care and sunless tanning.


With the winter months approaching, we do not have the luxury of being outside in the sun or lying out on the beach. If we are unable to plan that beach getaway, there are many products and options available that are a lot safer than the tanning booth. Personally, I have researched and tried out many of these products due to my past diagnosis of melanoma when I was 20 years old (you can read about my health story here). I have to admit, I went tanning a few times in high school. To this day, I don’t know if that played a role in the development of my melanoma. I will never take that risk again, and I have learned to embrace being pale.

There are many tanning lotions and creams that you can find in the stores. This past year, I used Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer. I was happy with the results, but it is important to be careful putting it on evenly because it can be streaky. My mom and sister love the Tan Towels, which you can order on the HSN website. My sister uses the “Classic” and always tells me how easy the towels are to apply. She also finds the result to be more even than other products.

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If you need a quick tan in a flash, spray tans are a great way to go. Personally, I choose the lightest color (which makes a huge difference for me), but there are many darker options for other skin tones. This is a “before” (my usual skin color) and “after” (spray tan from a few years ago).

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If you are able to escape to a warm location during the winter, protect your skin when you are in the sun (or even on a cloudy day). My favorite suntan lotion is Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch. It has a good scent and goes on very smooth. Generally, dermatologists recommend a SPF of 15 (or greater for those who are fair-skinned). I use SPF 30 and reapply a few times throughout the day. You can read more about sunscreen on the American Melanoma Foundation website. I also throw a baseball hat and cover-up in my beach bag and wear a good pair of polarized sunglasses.

Here are a few other “dermatologist-approved” products for daily use. I see my dermatologist every 6 months now, and she suggests Cetaphil, since it is gentle on the skin and less likely to cause breakouts and irritation (especially for dry skin like mine). I use the daily facial cleanser and the daily facial moisturizer. An added bonus of the moisturizer is that it has SPF 15, so you are protected if you are in the sun. It is important to remember that you can still get burnt in the winter!

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I hope that you found some of these sunless tanning products and advice helpful! I would love to hear your feedback. You can find me at my site here.

What are your favorite sunless tanning products?

Thanks again, Pam! And don’t worry, I packed extra bottles of sunscreen! Winking smile


5 thoughts on “Looking For A Tan?

  1. 1) Colleen have an AMAZING time!!!! 🙂

    2) Pam, I am taking notes! With my husband in California all month I refuse for him to come back all tan while I am pasty white. I am totally going to invest in sunless tanning options!

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