The 5-Minute Trick to Getting Effortlessly Glowy Skin

One problem I have during the summer is that I want that amazing, glowy, sun-kissed skin, but I really can't get to a beach or pool enough for it. This is especially true right now because I haven't planned any upcoming vacations, and I'm getting extremely jealous of everyone else's just-back-from-a-trip tans. And that's not to mention I've been trying to cool it with the poolside tanning in an effort to protect my skin against harmful UV rays.

So what can I do that doesn't involve a tanning bed? I could get a spray tan, but that's never ended well for me. And I could try self-tanners, but sometimes I don't have the time to apply carefully.

Well, here's where body bronzers come in handy. They give you that glowy look in just a few minutes, so it doesn't take that much time to prep before you go out. And if you really want to go for it, you can even use a body bronzer to define and contour. Personally, I'm not that skilled, so I just like to apply a light layer of bronzer for a nice, healthy glow. The best part, though? Speaking of not being that skilled, if you do mess up, you can just wash it off.

Take a look at some highly rated body bronzers below.


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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.