It's the beginning of spring, but I'm white. Even though I turn pretty brown in the summer, my tan fades quickly and I'm left with pastey, blindingly white skin. I don't do tanning beds because A) they're terrible for you, B) they make me feel like I'm in a coffin which freaks me out and C) I hate that back fart noise that happens when the small of your back forms a suction with the glass and then you try to get up and the whole place hears you and you want to scream, "THAT WAS MY BACK I PROMISE!!!"
Tanning lotions work OK, but a friend introduced me to TanTowels, and they're fantastic. Each TanTowel is like a Clorox wipe, but with self tanner in it. They come individually wrapped in a box of 5 for around $25, and you can use one towel for your entire body and your face. And they leave you with a natural-looking tan that's not streaky and not cancer-causing.
My trick when I use them is that after I apply one all over, I wash my hands so they won't get blotchy, then pick up the TanTowel with a paper towel and rub it on the backs of my hands so the color won't just stop at my wrists.
The tanner in these towels dries quickly, and you can get a natural-looking tan in a couple of applications.
As with most self-tanners, TanTowels do have that weird tanner smell, but it's not as bad as most. It's citrusy when you first put it on, and then settles into whatever that smell is that's associated with self-tanners.
What about you? What's your method for getting some color during the winter months?