9 of the highest-rated sunless tanners, because no one wants to be orange
We’ve got nothing against orange. It’s a lovely color, which we especially like when it comes to things like sunsets and mimosas. But when it comes to tanning? Um, no. Orange isn’t the look we’re going for. So we’ve gone on a major quest to find the best self tanners out there.
Why self tanning? Because it’s the safest way to rock a bronze beach look. UV rays are responsible for 90% of all melanomas, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Baking in the sun is bad for you, and tanning beds are even worse, which is why tanning salons are straight up illegal in several countries, including Brazil and most of Australia.
But let’s be honest. There’s an art to sunless tanning. It can be tricky. We’ve all ended up on the wrong side of orange or somehow pulled a Ross Geller. AKA:
The struggle is real, guys!
But we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up 9 of the best self tanners on the market. Behold, our faves:
James Read Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse, $45
This product works really fast and also lets you customize your tan. Leave it on for one hour, and get a golden glow. Two hours will get you a medium tan, and after three, you’ll be rocking Kardashians-in-Greece level awesomeness. Plus it’s a mousse! Which means it’s basically the whipped cream of tanners.
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, $8.21
This one wins on multiple levels. First of all, the price. Hands-down it’s the best sunless tan you’ll get for under $10. Period. And this new formula is designed to be applied while your skin is still wet from the shower, which means maximum moisturizing potential AND easier blending. No more zebra stripes!
Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid, $28
You know a self-tanner is going to be good when it carries the same name as a Beyoncé song! And wave buh-bye to orange hands, because Fake Bake’s Flawless liquid comes with a professional mitt for effortless, even application.
Almay Healthy Glow Makeup & Gradual Self Tanner, $12.97
This product is amazing because it’s a nice quality foundation, but also a gradual tanning product at the same time. So after a week behind your desk at work, you’ll look like you’ve been on a beach vacation. Aloha.
Kiehl’s Sun Free Self-Tanning Formula, $22.50
Check out the reviews on this product, and you’ll see that not only does it work quickly, but it also contains ZERO sunless tanner smell. You know what we’re talking about, right? That weird, chemical burning odor that no one wants to smell like. Well, you won’t find it here. Sign. Us. Up.
Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Body, $42
This bronzer’s claim to fame is its longevity. Its easy-blending formula lasts a solid four to five days before you need to reapply. Yes, please.
Kate Somerville Somerville360 Face and Body Tanning Towelettes, $48
Easy peasy. This is the super luxe baby wipe of tanning products, and just one towelette does the trick. There’s seriously no easier way to get a safe glow.
Lancome Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Body Gel, $42
What makes Lancome’s Flash Bronzer totally amazing? It’s easily one of the quickest-working self tanners on the market. You can practically get a tan by walking past the bottle as it sits on the department store shelf. Okay, it’s more like a half-hour process, but still. We’re talking insta-tan.
St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Untinted Classic Bronzing Lotion, $42
We might have saved the best for last! This product is such a cult favorite among self-tanning aficionados that it has a perfect 5-star rating on Sephora. And *BONUS* it has a new fragrance designed to boost your mood. Because who wants to be cranky and tan? Spoiler alert: No one.