Sunless tanners, or self-tanners, have come a long way from their early days, when they flatly transformed any natural skin tones into a signature orangey-brown, with clear demarcation lines indicating wherever the application tanning lotion stopped, no matter how carefully one tried to blur the edges. There are many wonderful colors from different brands that are natural looking and work by slowly building a tan, rather than creating an overnight tan transformation. These products all smell great or have no odor at all, and they offer excellent moisturization to wherever they’re applied. They make it possible for the summer tan to be a year-round glow, and enable tan lovers to completely ditch the tanning bed and all the risks associated with that form of tanning. All you need to do is to effectively exfoliate before applying your sunless tanning product, for the best results. Now, as with everything, all self-tanners are not all created equal, thus the reason for the following mentionables that rank the highest among the sunless tanners you can find on the market.
Kate Somerville Somer 360 Tanning Towelettes, $48
This product provides a radiant, smooth and healthy glow, but without any possible mess from the product, as everything is contained safely within pre-moistened towelettes, with the ideal volume of saturation. To use, simply wipe them on your skin where you want to appear tanned, and when done, toss into the trash. No mess, no streaks!
Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist, $35
Get a naturally caramel colored tan for your winter skin with this product, formulated by a collaborative effort pioneered by Lindsay Lohan, enlisting the professional direction of Lorit Simon, a well-known tanning expert. It’s green-conscious, being packaged in an aluminum can (recyclable,) and it’s never tested on animals. It has a very light, pleasant scent not anything like the tanning spray odor.
Mystic Tan Sunless Face & Body Spray, $38
This one’s formulated without ingredients known for their drying effects like alcohol. With its aerosol propellant, you can be assured that it will go on evenly and smoothly, for the most natural effect, and it’s streak-free.
Fusion Beauty GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face & Body Natural Protein Tan, $58
This could very well be the very best self-tanner ever sold! It is formulated to be odorless, and is available in two different strengths: a light blend for more of a hint of sun exposure, and their medium, for an obvious bronze-tanned glow. You won’t be troubled with staining here, neither to your palms (from applying) nor to your clothing, should any of the product accidentally come in contact with it. And no streaks, ever, to worry about.