A few years ago, at the start of the summer, I decided my skin was looking a bit too pale. I went out and bought the first self-tanner I could find. I’d never used self-tanner before (I’m half black, after all), but hoped I could create a more even, dare I say, glowy skin tone with a drugstore tanner. Alas, I could not. Less than 12 hours later, I woke up looking more like an oompa loompa than anything else. Even worse? All I could smell was that tell-tale self-tanning scent. Ugh.
If only I’d known then about the Bronze Buffer, a sponge that removes unwanted self-tanner with just a little water. It was created by a former beauty editor, who had tried all sorts of self-tanning products, but never quite found the right product to help her erase common self-tanning mistakes like streaks or color buildup.
It’s almost like a Magic Eraser — for your skin. Unlike Mr. Clean’s miracle sponge, Bronze Buffer boasts no added ingredients or chemicals. And it works great — I recently overdid a more forgiving self-tanning application and was able to fix it quickly with a few swipes of the Bronze Buffer. It’s shaped like a multi-point star, which is great for cleaning up spots in between your fingers and toes.
The best part? Bronze Buffer retails for just $10 (that gets you two sponges).
I’d be remiss if I didn’t also make a self-tanning recommendation in this post. And armed with the Bronze Buffer, I’ll be a little more adventurous when it comes to trying self-tanners. The best one I’ve tried is Perricone MD’s No Sun Tanner — the smell is minimal and it goes on pretty evenly, eventually working into a very natural color. At $69 though, it’s a bit of a splurge.
I can’t wait to try Tarte’s Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Marajuca Face and Body Self Tanner, which comes with an application mitt and retails for $37 at Sephora. That just might be my 4th of July beauty project.
READERS’ TAKE: Which self-tanners have you tried? Sound off in the comments.
**DISCLAIMER: Stylin’ & Profilin’ was provided a product sample for review.**