Here are 4 of the BEST Self Tanners to Buy (+ How to Get the Perfect Glow)
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Step aside, Mister Sun. ☀️
Social distancing and tons of closures have sure put a damper on vacations and getting the golden tan we all crave come summertime. That said, you don’t need to go to a tropical destination or bake in a tanning bed because these amazing self-tanners are safer and just what you need to get your perfect summer glow in minutes. 😍
Here are some tips to get the best self-tan possible:
- Exfoliate – Before applying any self-tanner, it’s best to exfoliate your skin using a loofa, gentle body brush, and/or exfoliating scrub. This will create a smooth surface for applying your self-tanning product.
- Apply lotion – Pay extra close attention to areas that become drier than others and have more creases such as elbows, knuckles, knees, feet, etc. The lotion will create an extra barrier and limit the amount of color that will settle in those areas.
- Use proper tanning tools – You want the best, streak-free tan, but you also don’t want orange palms while trying to give the rest of your body an amazing glow so consider investing in a tanning kit – complete with a hand mitt for beautiful application and a wand which will help reach your back and other hard to reach places. You can also consider this applicator band for your back, although I’ve never tried this approach.
Here are our team’s favorite self-tanning products:
1. Irene’s favorite self-tanner
Buy it at Target | Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun
If you don’t want the hassle of rubbing in a lotion, a mousse is your next best bet! This favorite self-tanner of Irene’s is not only easy to use, but it’s the most affordable on our team’s favorites list! It’s also aluminum-free which is a huge bonus and great for a range of skin types from normal, dry, or a combination of both. 🙌
Here’s what Irene said about her favorite self-tanner:
“My daughters and I have tried several different brands of sunless tanners. We find Jergen’s to be our favorite due to its quick drying time, even application, low price, and natural look. This product seems to always be available online at Target. This sunless approach is a fantastic way to acquire a tanned look without the harmful rays of the sun – and it’s fast!”
2. Sara’s favorite self-tanner
Buy it at Ulta | Bali Body Self Tanning Mousse
I originally bought this self-tanner direct from the Bali Body company, however, lucky enough for you, it’s now available online at ULTA! It’s also streak-free, 100% vegan, free from sulfates and parabens and it doesn’t have a weird I-just-put-fake-tanner-on smell. 🙌
This product is also buildable so if you wait 30 minutes, you can apply another coat and keep going until you get the deep tan you’re looking for. And if you buy direct from them, I highly recommend trying out their face tan water, which is perfect for applying to your neck and face and will give you a flawless glow!
I’m the woman who never feels tan enough in the summer, so I love that I can easily enhance my glow just after one coat. I followed them for a long time on Instagram and was amazing at how awesome all the tans were. Since I’ve previously had so many bad experiences with self-tanners and streaking, it took me a while to come around, however, I’m so glad I tried out this brand because it’s amazing and gives you such a deep, dark tan – every time I use it someone asks if I’ve been out in the sun lately.
They also have other products to enhance your tan all summer…
If you want to keep your great tan going, I also highly recommend the Bali Body tanning oil. I love the watermelon oil which smells heavenly. It also got me the darkest I’ve ever been in one summer! 😍
Just keep in mind that if you take extra precautions when being out in the sun, the SPF is only 6 so I wouldn’t recommend it to protect your skin.
Hip Tip: Speaking of ULTA, here are a bunch of ways you can save when you shop there.
Speaking of enhancing your tan…
3. This is Lina’s favorite tan accelerant to use when she’s outside at her pool.
Buy it at Walmart | Maui Babe Browning Lotion
This browning lotion is just what you want to be and it’s made of good quality, Hawaiian ingredients like Kukui nut oil, light mineral oil, antioxidant vitamins C, A, and E, and Kona coffee plant extract. It even contains aloe which acts as a natural and effective barrier on your skin while also providing essential moisturization.
The company claims it’s the best suntan lotion on the entire planet. 😏
Here’s what Lina had to say about her favorite browning lotion:
“I love that this product is affordable and you can even get immediate results. My before and after pics are with one application right after I used it and was outside at my pool. It gives you a nice deep tan look and is not streaky. I’d say the only downfall is the typical tanner smell.”
4. Taylor’s favorite self-tanner
Buy it on Amazon | Skinerals Onyx Extra Dark Bronzer
Sick of that orangey glow? This self-tanner that Taylor recently fell in love with has a green-base so it’s perfect for counteracting that Oompa Loompa orange color that all of us are looking to stay away from. 🙌
Additionally, this self-tanner is made in the USA and also cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, aerosol-free, and vegan! Even better, it contains lavender oil, orange peel oil, vanilla bean extract, and shea butter so you can assure it’ll be moisturizing and smell amazing. Just look at Taylor’s gorgeous glow after just one application! 😍
Here’s what Taylor had to say about her favorite browning lotion:
“I’ve been trying different self-tanners for years in search of one that doesn’t make me orange AND that lasts more than a couple days. Skinerals Onyx Extra Dark sunless tanner gave me a neutral tan that was more olive than orange which I love! It also lasts longer than other brands I’ve tried and it smells like cocoa butter!”
Here are some other popular tanners our readers recommended:
“I like that you are applying a light foam and get great color enhancement and you get no-streaking.” – Cate
“I was tired of paying a pretty penny for salon spray tans. I researched self-tanners and had many recommendations for Fake Bake. I bought it at Ulta and have used it for a couple of years now – I absolutely love it!” – Amy
“If you really want an amazing tanner then buy the Isle of Paradise! They are tanning drops you add to your moisturizer so you can add as little or as much as you want to get a light tan or a darker tan. I’ve tried so many self-tanners and this is the one!” – Tamara
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