You know how people say “everyone looks better tan”? Well, as important as it is to protect your skin from the sun, the idea that tan skin is more attractive to us than pale has some basis in reality. Studies have shown that people frequently rate tan people as more attractive than non-tan people, most likely because they look healthy and flushed. However, having a tan can also make you appear thinner or more fit, so if there is one spot that you just can’t seem to tone with workouts, tanning it might be a good option!
Just like black has the power to make you look thin, tan skin has a way of covering imperfections on the skin’s surface, and the dark, smooth appearance might make you look more fit, too. Of course, just because tanning makes you look toned, doesn’t mean you should hit the tanning bed or go out in the sun without sunscreen. No tan is worth damaging your skin!
Instead, stick to the bottled variety. Some sunless tanners even come with anti-aging ingredients, which means they have the power to make your skin look younger not older like a real tan does!
If you need to be tan in a pinch, try a tinted body moisturizer. You can smooth these creams over your legs, arms and decolletage in the darkest days of winter when you need just a little glow to get you going.