What’s the best sunless tanner? Which one is the most sought-after by celebrities?
Discovering a good self tanner can be a challenge — it’s overwhelming how many different self-tanning products you can come across. Some are smelly, some turn you orange and some often fade or become spotty.
Say goodbye to winter’s pasty-looking skin and officially kick off the beginning of summer by sporting a golden glow. Here’s our list of some of the best –
For an inexpensive self-tanner, Banana Boat’s Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion doesn’t streak, dries quickly and allows for a deep tan without the damaging effects of the sun. You can use it on your body or face. Pictured here is the deep dark color, but there are lighter options for people with fairer skin.
Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, $8.50
You get so much in one loud package: self-tanning cream, bronzer and sunscreen (SPF 45). Don’t let the obnoxious packaging fool you, this stuff is highly rated for providing instant glow while keeping skin from burning. Added bonus: it’s water-resistant, so you can swim and sweat with no worry. Plus, users report it smells divinely tropical.
Australian Gold Faces Sheer Coverage Kona Infused, SPF 45, $8.99
This one is absolutely perfect for people with fair skin. The effect is more gradual, which also limits streaks.
Jergens Natural Glow, $9
In 1984, Guerlain of Paris created the first bronzing powder they called “Terracotta.” At $35 – $50 it’s still one of the best spray tanners on the market. Nice brown color without the hint of orange. Only downfall is it is a bit pricey.
Guerlain’s Terracotta Self-Tanning Spray for the Body, $64
I love this self-tanner because it’s one that works well and gets rave reviews but also has no parabens, phthalates or petrolatum. It’s also super moisturizing because it contains 7 moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, apricot kernel oil, soybean oil, vitamin E and sweet almond oil.
Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion, Medium Skin Tones, $13.99
Unlike other self-tanners, Laura Mercier’s bronzing gel is meant to be used to enhance the tan on the face. The company suggests dabbing a bit on AFTER tinted moisturizer and BEFORE powders. A bit pricier than M.A.C. and other bronzers on the market, testers found it’s well worth the price. This bronzer provides a “just tanned” look with a touch of rose. Warms the skin and adds a spark of shimmer.
Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel for the Face, $32
This salon brand is beloved by celebs including Elle MacPherson. You apply this and within a few hours you’ll have a deep, naturally-looking tan. This is not a gradual self-tanner. St. Tropez’s Website features applications videos, which I highly recommend watching. Testers found that Whipped Bronze had a more pleasant fragrance than other self-tanners they tried. Ideal for the entire body, including the face.
St. Tropez Whipped Bronze Self-Tanning Mousse for Face and Body, $32