I am a reformed tanning bed junkie. I used to hit it pretty hard in highschool, and I slowed it down after then, but still went way more then I should have. I'm pretty fairskinned so tanning beds were pretty much the only way I could get dark. However, now more then ever I fully understand how bad they are for you. Maybe it's also the fact I am getting older, and I am scared to death of getting skin cancer which is pretty heavy in our family, and not to mention the whole ageing process.... EEEEK. Don't get me wrong, I still go to the pool and beach, and spend a lot of time outside, but I use sunscreen, and I may go all old lady and wear hat or visor this year too.
I have been using some self tanners the last few years, they worked ok, but as I was doing a two step process I wanted something a little simpler. I was pretty much using a gradual lotion like Jergens, and then taking some Loreal or Neutrogena spray tanner and doing that. The color was ok, but still not all that dark, and it was a pain to wait for two to dry while standing around all akward naked in the bathroom for freaking ever....
So I asked around, got some ideas and suggestions, and I ended up buying something the other day while out that I had heard about. I went with Sunlabs Ultra dark lotion. I love it! The color is very nice, and not orangey. It also smells good when you put it on, but once the color develops I find the smell changes over to the same old self tanner smell. Basically what I do is shower at night, and then put the lotion on. I go to bed after, and then in the morning I shower again to get the smell to go away (the smell isn't that strong, but I rather smell nicer). When you apply the lotion you can tell where you are putting it as it's very dark as it has a bronzer in it (that's another reason I also shower in the morning as the brozer is a little bit too much for me). So when you shower the smell goes away, and the brozer washes off leaving you with a nice tan. Also, a good tip is as soon as your done with the lotion Windex those hands. Seriously, sounds silly but it works wonders.
I have used the lotion now twice, the first time I had some mistakes, but after two times I feel pretty good using it now, and I think this will be my go to for this summer. They have a few different shades, but I went with Ultra dark which still doesn't look weird on someone pale like me.