Aug. 7 2018
Many of us want the sun-kissed, I-just-got-back-from-The-Maldives glow–without the sunburn, expensive vacation, or skin-damaging UV rays. That’s where self-tanning comes in. Nowadays, many products are made with organic, safe ingredients, making it truly the best way to have a tan (even long after the summer months). To help you get that enviable glow, we’ve listed our favorite self-tanners below, along with their comparative benefits.
NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse. Want a tan but are concerned about the chemicals that go into giving you that coveted bronze color? Fear no more–this NKD SKN Tinted mousse is not only easy to use, it’s also odorless, made with 100% natural DHA, and is free from parabens, perfumes, and alcohol. Beyond not containing any harmful ingredients, this mousse is also actually good for your skin, containing hydrating and healing Aloe Vera, Melon, and Lychee. Bonus: It’s not tested on animals, works great for all skin types, and is a steal at $19. Talk about the all-around perfect product.
Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist. One of your favorite sunscreen brands can also help you get a tan–safely. In the form of a mist, this tanner works for all skin types, is easy-to-use, and is eco-certified organic. Looking for the perfect shade? Of course you are. To help, this spray offers a buildable, natural-looking radiance that lasts up to 3 days. Bonus: If you hate the smell of most tanners, this one is infused with a natural pina-coco scent to mask the tell-tale self-tan aroma. Phew.
St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Mousse. This tanner’s unique water-foam formula means it’s lightweight–and there’s no need to rinse off afterwards. It’s also free of harmful ingredients such as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and is noncomedogenic (meaning it won’t make you break out–yay). Post-application, this mousse provides a natural-looking, streak-free golden tan that starts to show between four to eight hours later. It’s the best option for a woman on-the-go.
Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Slimmer Shimmer. Famous for her celebrity clients, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has developed the ultimate shimmer body cream. Less of a self-tanner, and more of a body-highlighter, smearing this product down the center of arms and legs is a model’s secret to creating the illusion of leaner, longer limbs. It truly takes your outdoor summer Instas to the next level.
Tan Luxe Self-Tan Illuminating Body Drops. This tiny bottle packs a lot of punch. It works in tandem with your daily body moisturizer to develop a natural golden glow with minimum effort. You simply mix one or two drops with your favorite cream, and apply to the skin in sections, working in a circular motion from head to toe. Bonus: It’s made with skin-boosting, organic ingredients derived from Raspberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera for hydrating benefits–while also firming the surface of skin to reduce the appearance of cellulite.