Is there anything better than having a golden bronze skin after days of being under the sun? It something we all look forward to—the golden tan that only Summer or a getaway to a tropical paradise can bring us.
But we know exactly that not everyone has the time to wait for Summer or even spend a few days at a tropical beach. Sometimes, there’s just no other way to have that beautiful tan you’ve always wanted, but to have an artificial one. Don’t judge us yet, we love tanning salons—but isn’t it just a hassle to book an appointment, have it done, and sometimes have difficulty removing the stain. So we know the best and easiest way to still have that golden brown skin tone all throughout the year—self tanners.
Countless of self-tanners can be found in the drugstore, on the market, and every corner of the online beauty world. But here’s the catch—not every single self-tanner available work well on the skin. Some of them even harm your precious complexion! But don’t fret, we know exactly which ones you could trust and we accumulated them all in a list for you:
We’re starting with this easy-to-apply product, tanning toweletters from Kate Somerville! This packet contains towelletes that you can easily wipe all over your face and body to have that even tan with no streaking. Aside from the natural tan that this brings, it also gives a beautiful glow that lasts for a few hours!
If you’re into deep tans, you’ll love the shade that this Dark Bronzing Mousse from St. Tropez will give you. The deep glow of this mousse give a wonderful glow too, which you’ll love re-applying and sporting every single day, even during the winter.
Another easy-to-utilize self-tanner are these glow pads from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. What we especially adore about this is that it doesn’t only give you a streak-free bronze glow, but it also exfoliates your skin through its alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. This further intensifies the glow, and we love it!
Guess what—a great lotion can be an amazing self-tanner, too! That’s what Whish has proven when it released the Self Tanner Body Butter. You’ll fall in love with the naturally subtle color payoff that this bronzing tanner gives, yet if you’re suffering from dry skin, you’ll definitely love it even more! It contains mango and shea butter that moisturize and soften the skin, letting your skin be the best it can be. *wink*
Alright, we mean serious business here. We know some brands use chemical ingredients in their self-tanners, but do they have to smell so pungent? For those of you who cannot take that kind of smell, thank goodness there’s Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream. We loooove the fragrant formula of this self-tanner, and with its even tanning and moisturizing properties, we’ll purchase this one in a heartbeat.
For patrons of cruelty- and toxin-free products, Tan-Luxe’s The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops is the right self-tanner for you. This technologically advanced tanning product uses the Triple Tan Technology to make a bespoke tanner that somehow serves as serum, face oil, and moisturizer, too! The streak-free effect of the tan drops is thanks to its nourishing products, like aloe vera, vitamin E, and raspberry seed oil.
It is liquid gold! Josie Maran came up with a self-tanning oil made from 100% argan oil. It has an ultra-nourishing property added to the bronze glow effect that actually lasts! It also contains coconut water to hydrate the skin and aloe juice to revitalize and smoothen the complexion, too. A major bonus: it has a wonderful natural scent as well!
Coming from a brand we love for their gorgeous makeup, the Tarte Brazilliance™ PLUS+ Self-Tanner is a wonderful product that provides a beautiful fresh-from-the-beach-skin plus a huge boost of moisturizing and exfoliating ingredients. It incorporates both PUREshield™ scent-control technology and skinvigorating™ blend to make sure that this product smells top-notch and helps condition the skin in the best way possible.
See, faking that summer skin is so easy. Just make sure you use the best products you can possibly get, say, any self-tanner on this list! So go ahead and try them out, and you just might have the best year for your (tanned) skin yet.
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