The arrival of summer brings with it the harsh realization that our arms, legs, and stomachs (gasp) will no longer be covered up by oversized sweaters and knee boots.  As the temperatures and hemlines rise my initial thought goes INSTANTLY to the color (or lack thereof, you could call me casper on a good day) of my legs!

Nothing ever looks as good and I definitely never feel as confident as I do when I have a tan. Now that I have a little one to keep up with, "sunbathe in a bikini" has yet to make it on my "to do list." To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't layout even if I had the time, I did enough damage to my skin in high school and college to carry me through till retirement (which is why I invest a small fortune in anti-aging skin creams). Ugh.

With that being said, I have tried and tossed numerous sunless tanning options over the years and have rounded up my 4 favorites in hopes to leave you streak free and feeling fresh for the warmer months ahead.

1. Tarte Brazilliance Plus+

I received this as a freebie from Sephora for spending WAY too much money. I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised by its awesomeness, and will definitely repurchase when this when I run out. I love the bronze color of the product, it's very natural looking, and they have managed to make the application mess and streak free (thank you mitt). So, if you're in the market for a higher end self tanner, this one is a MUST. 

2. Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer 

Thank the good Lord above for the invention of bronzer. I am a bronzer connoisseur and can confidently say this appropriately named "TANtazlizer" by Lorac is hands down the best bronzer when it comes to giving you color that looks like you have actually spent the weekend at the beach. It leaves your skin perfectly tanned with a built in glow that is completely swoon worthy.

Warning! - It doesn't require a heavy application. So, although a little pricey the product goes a long way and will last you FOREVER. 

3. The Sinless Tan

Of all my sunless tanning favorites, spray tans rank at the very top of my list. They're quick, easy, and provide instant results. I know a lot of people are hesitant when it comes to the idea of a spray tan. With a little bit of research and a referral or two I promise you will come out looking beautifully bronzed and not like a Jersey Shore cast member. YIKES. If you live in Chicago you're lucky enough to have The Sinless Tan in Lakeview, and now in Old Town! My spray tan was perfection, (which I totally attribute to the pre-tan PH balancing mist they coat you in) no blotchiness, no streaks, and most importantly there was no trace of the dreaded "orange!" I got a spray tan from The Sinless Tan right before we left for Italy, it was the perfect color and lasted the entire trip (and then some). Phil commented, "I think this is the best spray tan you have ever had." It was the sincerest of compliments, he has not always been a fan of spray tans. If you're in Chicago, check them out, you won't regret it!

4. Jergens Natural Glow 

A tried and true old faithful. They have re-formulated the scent (MUCH better) since my college days where I slathered this lotion from head to toe after a 20 minute tanning bed session. Tan on top of tan? Seriously gross, I had a problem. Anyway, I have since said goodbye to the tanning bed and kept the lotion on hand. It is an easy access (Target, CVS, Walgreens, grocery store, etc.) product that if you have a couple of days to allow it to build up, it leaves you with beautifully bronzed skin. 

Tip - Even if you are super fair skinned (like me) go for the medium/dark skin tone formula. I really don't see much of a difference when I use the fair/medium option. The darker lotion will give you a richer color in half the time!