Dear Pink Diamond,
First let me say that I am glad that you are back. I was wondering what happened to you!!!
Anyway, I am a black woman who is fairly light skinned. Lately, I have been looking at some slimming tips for the summer and I found that tanning is a good way to appear slimmer. Besides slimming, I think the whole bronze and golden look is so pretty. As a black woman, how can I achieve this look? I am too nervous about using tanning beds. I am thinking about using those self tanner products or going to use mystic tan for an airbrush tan. Could you please give me some advice? I've looked up information on the Internet for reviews and stuff, the problem is, the tanning products may work differently for other races than for our own.
Thanks for writing! I completely understand your frustration with tanning. I am a black woman myself and I absolutely love the bronzed look on me. I am fairly light skinned, a caramel color to be exact and when I achieve the perfect bronzed look - I feel super sexy.
I have to admit that I have never used the Mystic Tan - but a good friend of mine swears by it.
She said that in order to be successful with the Mystic Tan Spray Airbrush you have to make sure that your hair is pulled up and that you don't wear any glasses or anything on your face because it will leave it patchy. She also said that you need to exfoliate and shave before you get the spray tan. She also notes that it's important to moisturize your knees, elbows and all those places that won't be getting sprayed.
If you are going to go the self tanning route, she suggests the Loreal Sublime Bronzer. She said that it is excellent, however, you will need to start applying at least a week in advance and use gloves.
Personally, I have used the Dove Energy Glow Self Tanner and I really liked it. It smells good and it was easy to apply. The only thing that I didn't like was that it started fading after a few days, and rubbed off on my towels. I checked other reviews and some people say that they really like Dove, others complained that it made them look yellow. I guess it depends on your skin tone and how the tanner is applied.
Other reviews say that Jergens, Clinique & Neutrogena have good self tanning products. You might have to experiment a bit.
Hope this helps!
What are your thoughts on good tanning products for black women? I am interested to hear your feedback!