Goof-Proof Self-Tanners

St Tropez
If you like the look of a deep tan or even just a subtle, sun-kissed glow, sunless tanner is the only way to go (no skin-damaging UV rays!). But we all know application can be tricky. One false move and you can be left with an obvious streak that lasts for days. Fortunately, the latest crop of glow getters makes a faux tan faux pas free.

Jergens Natural Glow Sunless Tanning Collection

The brand that started the whole gradual tan craze now has a three-step system to get you an even better-looking believable glow, faster. Jergens Natural Glow Color Primer In-Shower Scrub preps skin for an even application. The Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse gives you a hit of color instantly that deepens over the next few hours. Finally, the Natural Glow Tan Extender is a daily moisturizer that lengthens the life span of your faux glow. 

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil

In case you haven’t noticed: Facial oils are having a major skincare moment. This one combines skin-nourishing botanicals oil with self-tanner. Just one to two drops of this fast-absorbing formula gets you hydrated skin and a sun-kissed glow that lasts for up to five days. 

L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum

We’re fans of facial serums because they’re so lightweight, easy-to-spread, and fast absorbing. So, it’s no surprise that we also love a self-tanning serum for the same reasons. When applied just three days in a row, the silky liquid creates a natural-looking tan that lasts for up to two weeks.

Clarins Golden Glow Booster for Body

Because sometimes you want just a hint of tan: Add a few drops of this liquid self-tanner to your regular face moisturizer or body lotion and get an I-look-like-this-all-the-time radiance.

Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Mist

This clear mist in a spray-at-any-angle can develops a rich, golden tan that looks just like the real deal. And the brand’s signature scent, Privet Bloom, makes skin smell fresh and crisp, not anything like telltale, stinky self-tanner.

James Read Sleep Mask Tan – Body

Wake and (fake) bake: Apply this serum self-tanner before bed and wake up with radiant, sun-kissed skin. Plus, a whole host of hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and cucumber leave skin incredibly soft.

Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals

Powder bronzer adds warmth to pasty skin instantly, but this mineral formula goes one step further. Infused with self-tanning ingredients, it leaves behind a glow that lasts for up to five days. Dust it all over or only on the highpoints of your face: forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin. 

Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil

For the rehabbed sun worshipper: a safe way to wear tanning oil. This hydrating argan oil-based sunless tanning formula absorbs quickly and gets you sun-kissed skin -- without the damage.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Face

It doesn’t get much easier than a wipe-on towelette. Swipe it on your skin and watch a streak-free tan develop a few hours later. This cloth doesn’t stop there -- it also exfoliates skin and delivers a dose of (sun-free) vitamin D.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower

Get your glow on in the shower. This lathering, gradual tanning lotion is activated by water. After you cleanse, turn off the shower spray and rub the tanning lotion from head to toe. Then rinse after three minutes. That's it. Really.

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