The art of self-tanning can be difficult so you need the right materials and equipment to be fitted with. (We can confidently assume that the look of a cheap chip of human size will never be in style). We did the hard work for you to find the best formulae out there. Such self-tanners are user-friendly, streak-free and will leave behind a natural glow. Tap to pick your favourite.
Alba Botanica Sunless Tanner Lotion
“Natural glow” is how many people use this lotion to characterize their tan. “If you’re super light skinned, self tanners can be dangerous but this stuff is great for me. Rarely get lines or streaks (usually my own fault for sloppy application) and it gives a perfect, natural glow, “writes one reviewer, who swears,” Would use this over and over. “Others gravitate towards the natural formula, saying it’s hard to find a self-tanner that isn’t filled with chemicals, especially for those with sensitive skin. One reviewer sums it up, saying, “Blended perfectly and was absorbed easily. Gentle on my delicate skin and the quality was phenomenal, because there are so many tanners in the range of $30-$50.
Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelette (10 Count)
“Easy” is a word that comes up in hundreds of reviews of these self-tanner wipes, with one client calling them, “ridiculously easy to use” with “no mess, no stains, no problem.” That reviewer adds, “This gives you the bronzy sun goddess feel with only one application.” Reviewers who find traditional self-tanner too hard to apply equally enjoyed this wipe-on alternative. “If you’re worried about the streaky self-spray tan, that’s a far more reliable alternative. Not streaky, and light enough to develop over many days instead of turning orange instantly, “one boasts. I love to see how beautiful the bronze looks.
L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes 6 ct.
“I’ve been using these tanning towelettes for years and I’m a big fan,” one reviewer says. “They give a very natural-looking tan … not orange or fake-looking look like many other items I’ve tried.” Dozens also praise it for being easy to apply. “Honestly this one is the simplest with the least mess and the least chance of any error with the application,” writes one reviewer, while another says, “It’s foolproof and gives realistic natural looking color quickly.” These wipes are also long-lasting, and reviewers report regularly reusing them over the course of a couple of days. “The best results are given once or twice, gently over my back, legs and neck,” one says.
St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
Reviewers were struck with how much safer and quicker to use this mousse in a spray bottle than the self-tanners. “The mousse is really simple to apply and I love you being able to see it immediately so you know where to rub in more or add more. It blends in quite well, “one reviewer remarks. Another acknowledges that she has a “tanning fetish,” but stopped tanning daily because of the possibility of skin cancer, and the price never found a self-tanner she liked until this one, writes, “It was so easy to put on and dried quite quickly. Seems so normal. I’m not at all disappointed and I already know that when this one gets weak, I’ll order another bottle.’
St Moriz 200ml Instant Self Tanning Mousse Medium
“It’s hands down the best tanning tool I’ve ever used,” one consumer writes about this self-tanning mousse. “I’ve even cancelled my tanning membership because it makes me tanner faster, is safer, and looks completely normal.” Another compares the results of the above-mentioned (and more expensive) St. Tropez mousse: “It’s slightly darker than St. Tropez and it’s just as simple as it’s streak-free.” “I put it on one leg, and the St. Tropez on the other leg, and they both looked fantastic,” though she estimates that the St. Moriz is darker around “10%.”
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam
“I don’t feel like a Victorian-era dying girl on her death bed anymore for someone who’s white enough to scare Casper the friendly ghost,” thanks to this dark tanning foam, according to one reviewer. They add that it is “So easy to use, spreads well, leaves no artificial look, leaves no streaks or the dreaded orange colour.” The fact that this formula is dark not only helps with a long-lasting deep tanning — “It gives a good, deep olive tanning and it lasts quite a long time, usually for me at least eight to ten days” — but it also helps with the application. “I love that foam is black, because you can see where you’re going to apply,” one explains. Another selling point is its lack of discernible odor, along with the fact that it doesn’t move easily. “It doesn’t smell, it doesn’t leave any marks on the bed while you sleep, my clothes that had the bronze residue are washed and you can’t even tell the bronze lasts for four or five days for me,” concludes a reader.