Strangely enough I do tan well, but I won't do it anymore. For one thing, I work and have hobbies and have better things to do with my time than to just lie around in the sun like I did in high school. I don't need the skin damage and wrinkles. But mainly I do not want skin cancer - my stepsister's husband, in his fifties, is probably going to be dead before this time next year from melanoma.
But still, I wanted a little color. So I did some research - don't want to look streaky or like an Oompa Loompa - no orange. I wanted something that would last and not sweat off (I sweat more in one workout than any five people do in three).
So I tried L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Mist. I highly, HIGHLY recommend! After two applications I was a nice warm brown. A third and I looked like I'd spent a week in the Bahamas. It dries in a snap, especially standing in front of a fan. It smelled a little strong at first but that faded pretty quickly. It lasts. And most importantly, it passed the Mara Soaking Wet With Sweat test. It didn't streak or run even though I was drenched from head to toe, and didn't even rub off on my white t-shirt. Stuff is awesome. The only drawback is that the spray does go everywhere - I did it in the bathtub and the bottoms of my feet are now a very dark brown from walking around in it! (But who cares - no one sees my feet). It also did take up on the backs of my hands a lot faster than on the rest of me - after the first application I quit spraying them and they're still pretty dark and match the rest of me.
I did follow recommendations from other users to exfoliate thoroughly in the shower, shave whatever I usually shave ( ), and then moisturize like crazy before and after applying.
Mileage may vary - I didn't do "test spots" beforehand but would suggest it to make sure the color is what you want. I had several days off from work and figured if it looked like shit after two days, I had time for it to wear off. I also did NOT do my face.
Edited by Mara, 08 July 2014 - 10:16 PM.