Top 10 Self Tanning Products


While donning this season's over-sized designer hats and the market's highest rated SPF-55 will keep you looking trendy and feeling healthy, it will not give your skin a glowing, radiant look. As we learn more about the dangers of the sun, the skin care market is becoming increasingly aware of your desire to have beautiful bronzed skin without the harm of the suns damaging rays. Use this guide to aid you in your search for the best at-home sunless tanning product that fit your lifestyle and your budget!

Lancome Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Body Spray/Mousse/Lotion/Gel

As a bronzing system, Lancome Flash Bronzer offers at-home tanning products for face and body. Users enjoy the specificity of this product, as different compounds are more effective in different areas, i.e face vs. leg. The Flash Bronzer line also contains a good dose of vitamin E in addition to self-tanning ingredients to promote healthy skin while adding color.

Pro: streak-free
Avg. cost: $20-$30

Solerra Sunless Self-Tanning Mitt Towelette

This four layered glove contains all of the materials needed for an even beautiful tan without using alcohol or waxes and keeps your hands clean in the process. Solerra also offers a pre-tan body-buff exfoliating mitt ($11.97 for 3) that does not require you to rinse off before using the tanning mitt.

Pro: Plastic Lined Mitt keeps your hands free of the "I just self-tanned myself" look
Avg. cost: $11.50 for 8 pack

Mystic Tan Perfect Tan Kit

Using a three step system, Mystic Tan Perfect Tan Kit allows for maximum specificity and makes it easy to adjust tone and shimmer for your ideal shade. Kit includes a sunless face and body tanning spray, a conditioning complex for body and a color enhancing moisturizer.

Pro: Three step system allows you to add depth or shimmer at your whim
Avg. Cost: $64 for kit

Bain De Soleil Streakguarde Self Tanning Creme

This sunless tanning foam/creme smells superb and is easy to apply if you work fast. It boasts pigment that is more brown than orange so you avoid that ultra-artificial appearance. The foam itself is pigmented so you can see exactly where you're applying it, keeping you from applying too much in some areas and too little in others.

Pro: Tinted Formula shows where it goes
Avg. Cost: $7-$10

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

This product has been described as a cult favorite and has rave reviews from beauty editors on behalf of it's "glow-n-go" coloring system; allowing you to apply this fast drying gel for a soft natural looking bronzy hue.

Pro: Fast drying formula allows for super quick application
Avg. Cost: $32

Bliss A Tan For All Seasons

Infused with rich antioxidants, A Tan For All Seasons nourishes the skin while giving it gradual and believable color without the stench of DHA. Bliss, known for it's yummy smelling products has done it again; this time masking the sent of DHA with a stimulating citrus scent.

Pro: No funky self tanner odor, smell of scintillating citrus instead.
Avg. Cost: $36

Jergen's Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

Delivers soft subtle bronzing through a seven day application period. Jergen's Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer has a mild floral scent and contains jojoba extract, avocado and olive oil and can be applied the same way as normal body lotion and will soften the skin just the same.

Pro: Can be applied in place of your normal body lotion
Avg. Cost: $6.99

L'oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tan Glove

Enriched with pro-AHA, this self tanning glove fits perfectly on your hand and smoothes your skin, improving the natural texture while tanning it.

Pro: Enriched with pro-AHA to smooth skin
Avg. Cost: $12

Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion

Contains soy and antioxidants to enhance skin tone and texture while gradually enhancing the skin natural color. Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion can be used to boost your natural color or to build a "tan" over time.

Pro: Dual sided bottle allows you to adjust for your own tone and shade.
Avg. Cost: $13

Clinique Self Sun Body Airbrush Spray

Sprays ultra-fine multi-directional mist for an even and streak free tan. Clinique Self Sun Body Airbrush Spray is oil-free and non-acnegenic.

Pro: Oil-free
Avg. Cost: $20

--Monica Prata

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