I would not consider myself a self tanner expert, by any means. In fact, I might even go so far as to say novice. In the past I've only felt comfortable using the kind of self tanners that have a gradual effect and build up color over a number of applications, so that I couldn't really mess up. Well Sinead over at SelfTanningQueen.com asked me to try her company Antidote Skin Care's new self tanning system and I had great success! Perfectly tan legs in October!
She sent me the Summer Glow Dark Self Tanning System, which includes a 6 oz. Summer Glow Dark Self Tanning Lotion, along with a body scrub and 2 pairs of application gloves. I applied the lotion in the evening after a shower where I scrubbed my skin well and shaved my legs. Using the gloves to apply the lotion felt a bit funny at first, but I got the hang of it. It was so great not to worry about dying my hands brown in the process. The lotion is incredibly dark brown and so as you apply it, you know exactly what it is going to look like. It seems to apply as dark as it turned out (meaning it didn't develop over the next few hours) which was fine by me. The summer glow is a bit dark for my pale complexion, I think I would be more comfortable using their All Seasons Glow system, which is a shade lighter and can be built upon with a few applications.
The tan I got seems to last awhile, a least a week I think. It wasn't streaky at all either. I do recommend moisturizing your rough spots prior to application (knees, heels, elbows, etc.) I had to do a little scrubbing to get rid of some dark spots because I forgot! This is a great, very natural looking self tanner. It does take some time and concentration to apply it correctly, but the effort is worth the payoff - a gorgeous tan without the cancer!