The Best Self-Tanners To See You Through Sundress Season
It’s that time of year again. The temperature is rising and so are the hemlines. It’s time to dust off the sandals and bring those sundresses out of hiding but, before you do, just make sure your gams are in top form with a little help from these self-tanners. Finding the best self-tanner for your skin may depend on a few factors such as skin tone and application preference. Here you’ll find our picks for the best drugstore self-tanner, the best self-tanner for face, and the best self-tanner for fair skin.
Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker
This multitasking gel bronzer adds a healthy sheen to summer skin. It’s the perfect daily complexion enhancer, and it comes in a light, fast-absorbing, oil-free formula.
Buy: $29.50, Nordstrom.com
Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water
This lightweight water formula has a buildable color payoff, dries quickly, and leaves a natural-looking tan behind. Those in search of a paraben-, sulfate-, and cruelty-free formula will love this easy-to-use spray.
Buy: $28, Sephora.com
L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Water Mousse
We’re calling this the best drugstore self-tanner. It clocks in at just $12 and will have your legs and arms ready for spring in no time. It gives more color than the Jergens gradual option (which you’ll likely find on a shelf nearby), so you might not want to apply quite so liberally.
Buy: $12; Walgreens.com
St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan
We love the ease of an in-shower tan. Think it’s too good to be true? Our beauty-loving travel editor stands by it.
Buy: $25; Ulta.com
Supergoop Healthy Glow Sunless Tan SPF 40
This odorless, streak-free self-tanning formula is packed with SPF and moisturizers, including aloe vera and Vitamin E. Anyone who wants to build a golden glow while also shielding their skin from the sun will love this simple-to-use spray. (It’s also water-resistant, so splash away!)
Buy: $38, Dermstore.com
Kate Somerville 360 Tanning Towelettes
Fair-skinned gals, you’ve got to give this one a try. My skin tone falls into the alabaster category. For that reason, I have to be very choosy with self-tanners. Kate Somerville’s towelettes rival spray-tan quality, but at just $6 per pop.
Buy: $48/set of 8 towelettes; Sephora.com
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
There’s a reason this is a winner in the best gradual self-tanner category. It won’t take your tan from nonexistent to full-on bronze in a matter of hours but, instead, gives that natural, sun-kissed look without the skin damage that comes along with the real thing.
Buy: $3; Target.com
Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum
Sure, you can use most standard self-tanners on your face, but we wouldn’t recommend it. We think it’s best to go for an option specifically formulated for faces. Give this serum a go—it fights signs of aging too.
Buy: $54; Ulta.com
Ocean Potion Skincare Ever Glow Daily Moisturizer Lotion
Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion
Don’t worry about color transfer onto that little white dress—this formula promises to keep the tan on your skin and not on your clothes.
Buy: $30; Ulta.com
D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Bronzing Drops
Just a hint of sunshine is what this formula aims to bring to your complexion. Add a drop to your oil, serum, or moisturizer for a summertime glow.
Buy: $36; Sephora.com