The Best Self Tanner to Get That Natural Glow

Ready to kick your dull skin to the curb? Build your color gradually—and safely!—with sunless tanners.

byCarla Sosenko| PUBLISHED Jun 18, 2021 5:46 PM
The Best Self Tanner to Get That Natural Glow
Beauty is the illumination of your soul. Mariya Oliynyk, Unsplash

Self tanners have come a long way, baby. Gone are the days when a smidge too much tanner meant looking like you ate too many carrots or dipped your hands in orange paint; gone also are the terrible odors of products past. Now there are multiple ways to get glowing—do you prefer a mousse? Drops? A cream? All are safer than lying out and soaking up the real stuff. Here’s what to consider if you want to self-tan, vitamin D not included.

  • Find Your Formulation: There are serums, moisturizers, drops, mousses, towelettes, and more ways to get that sun-baked look. Each application type has a pro and a con (e.g. aerosol sprays are easy to apply, but hard to get on evenly).
  • Pick the Right Depth: Some brands offer different levels of darkness—e.g. light, medium, dark, super dark. So if what you’re after is a natural-looking sun-kissed bod, be sure to pick a formulation that’s the right shade for your complexion. And make sure to prepare your skin beforehand and have the right tools on hand for even application.
  • Consider Your Skin: Is your skin oily? Dry? Sensitive? Take those same considerations into account when picking a self tanner. For example, if your epidermis is easily irritated, opt for a self tanner with all-natural ingredients. If you need extra hydration, consider a combo self-tanner/hyaluronic acid drop.

Our Picks for the Best Self Tanners on Amazon

Top Pick Overall: Beauty by Earth Self Tanner

This easy-to-apply layerable option is packed with awesome ingredients like green tea extract and coconut oil. Made without toxic chemicals, this formulation is packaged in an FDA-certified lab in the U.S.

Runner-Up: Bondi Sands Self Tanner

No FOMO here! You can control the color of this mousse, which features nourishing ingredients, simply by adjusting how long you leave it on.

Budget Pick: Ӧkostein Bronzing Mousse

This paraben-free option is packed with vitamin E, aloe vera, and coconut, so you get silky-smooth skin while you bronze it! Adjust your color by adding layers of application.

Also Consider: Isle of Paradise Fake Tan Drops

Violet color-correcting actives guarantee just the right shade of bronze. Grapefruit extract, and chia seed, avocado, coconut, and eucalyptus oils make it gentle enough for your body and face.

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