Gluten Free Sunless Tanners

My skin tone is translucent. You can see right through it. I am not fond of it, luckily my Husband likes my paleness. During the winter I cover it up with lots of clothing but when summer approaches I have to start wearing shorter sleeves and shorts. For at least 3-4 months out of the year the average temp is over 90 and often 100 or more. I try to stay indoors but my family always wants to eat and my kids like to play, so I do have to get out in this sun and rough it. Ugh!

When the temps start reaching over 80 I have to start applying my tan a few times a week. By the way, you are all welcome. This is totally a service to the community so I don't scare all of you people by blinding you will my pasty pale skin. It is a chore, but I do not tan and this is the approach many take now in order to avoid skin cancer. Lucky for me, there are some great self tanners out there! Not all of them may be gluten free though.

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I have found in order to maintain a healthy shade of pale my regimen consists of two products. The first is a tanner that I apply about 2 times a week, maybe 3 if I need to wear a bathing suite. The other product is a daily tanner that needs to be applied on "off" days from the tanner.

When I say I have tried every sunless tanner known to man-I mean it. I really have. I have 32 years of paleness under my belt and I started craving tan skin at the ripe old age of 10. I would sneak my Mom's tanners until I started purchasing my own. The worst part of a tanner is the after smell, so I totally take that into consideration when I am recommending these products to you.

I have talked before about my favorite beauty company and that is Tarte. They are amazing in every aspect. They are a gluten free, vegan, cruelty free company who believes that beauty doesn't need to compromise our health. I trust all of their products and I have loved every single thing I have bought and used. Their sunless tanner is no exception.


The tanner goes on with color so you can see where it is going and if you have streaks. With all tanners you should exfoliate before hand and I also rub a tiny bit of lotion on my knees, elbows, heels and wrists. This helps so those extra rough dry areas don't cling on to all of the pigment and leave dark non-natural looking spots. This tanner also comes with a mitt so you don't have oompa loompa palms.

In between my Tarte tanner I use Hempz Touch of Summer Daily Moisturizer. This gives you a natural glow and the smell is pretty good in comparison to some of the other tanners. Jergens is the worst, yuk! Make sure you have exfoliated before hand and I recommend using the lotion I talked about before in the dry spots. I often mix this with lotions to do my ankles and feet to give it a more natural look.

Believe me when I say you will be happy with these two products for your summer skin. They are affordable and work very well all while being safe for your gluten free skin. Are there any tanners that you prefer?