Self-tanners so often promise miracles in a bottle, but a tan within minutes can mean trading health benefits (zero UV rays) for a vibrant "Oompa Loompa glow." Because it's ideal to look like you achieved your tan poolside rather than from an orange Kool-Aid drink mix, look into these high-achieving sunless options that will make people ask about your sunny vacation.
For instant bronzing touch-up that you can easily spritz on before an event, beeline for this skin enhancing spray. It dries easily so you don't have to worry about adding a Midas touch to everything nearby and it's easy to layer color without the patchy spots.
Is there anything more low-maintenance than self-tanning towelettes? 🙏 Designed to enhance color and exfoliate the face and body, simply swab the towelettes evenly over skin the way you would with a wet wipe.
Tarte's best-selling Brazilliance self-tanner gel got a facelift this summer with a new customized application mitt and an exceptional blend of skin-friendly elements (like aloe), minus the overpowering scent.
A 2-in-1 body butter that leaves skin with a poolside bronze-y tint AND nourishes? Not a hard sell. Coffee lovers can thank the Arabica coffee and shea/mango butter combo for the subtle exfoliating effect and creamy texture.
This deep-moisture tanning mousse contains organic and natural ingredients for a healthy tan that lingers for two to three weeks.
An easy drugstore fix that double-tasks by building natural color over a matter of days and decreasing the appearance of cellulite (AKA your swim season enemy).
For buildable color that you can realistically layer week by week (it lasts for about seven days), Xen Tan produces a rich medium hue that doesn't streak or leave you looking rusty.
A skin-centric cream that won't cause an unholy amount of acne on your skin afterwards.
A favorite of self-tanning diehards, St. Tropez's new and improved formula for its classic bronzing mousse is the same but enhanced with extra long-wear and a fresh scent. As with any uber-fast-drying mousse formula, always, always, always use mitts to avoid super-saturated hands.
Opt for a self-tanning oil over a mist or gel if you want added moisture and sheer, natural color that will last you through several showers.
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