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If you’re already doom-scrolling through your summer vacation photos in preparation for fall, you need to stop. It’s not going to make you feel better — in fact, it’s going to get rid of your radiant, sun-kissed skin faster. So, how do you make your real tan last when all you want to do is listen to Lana Del Rey? Fake it!
Unfortunately, slathering on even the best and easiest of self-tanners is way too much work, but there are tons of tanning alternatives. From luminescent body oils to skin-like cream bronzers and tinted sunscreens, there are many low-effort ways to extend your natural summer glow way past Labor Day weekend.
Scroll below to shop the best products to fake your summer glow and keep your tan through fall. It’ll be just like you’re still on vacation.
This glowy body oil from Summer Fridays is a favorite with In The Know editors, thanks to its skin-nourishing ingredients and subtle, sun-kissed shimmer. It features a blend of macadamia, jojoba, apricot kernel, sunflower oils and Vitamin E, and your skin is left smooth and soft with the most delicate coconut scent.
2. Isle Glow Body Lotion SPF 45, $38
A glow-boosting, tinted and hydrating body lotion with SPF 45 that’s also safe for sensitive skin? Sounds like a dream. From Winnie Harlow’s CAY SKIN, the lightweight formula uses island-based ingredients like nutrient-rich sea moss, soothing sunflower oil and cocoa seed butter to hydrate the skin. At the same time, natural pearl provides a luminous, instant glow without leaving any glitter or white cast.
3. Supergoop! Glow Oil SPF 50, $38
If you’re looking for all-things glowy with sun protection, Supergoop! is the GOAT. This fan-favorite sunscreen oil leaves the skin glowing and protected without feeling greasy. It also comes in a convenient spray bottle and is water-resistant for 80 minutes. Pro-tip: You can spritz it on your face to reapply SPF without ruining your makeup.
One of the easiest ways to extend that signature summer look is to fake a slight sunburn, minus the sun damage. The Tower 28 cream blush is ideal for this look, as it has officially achieved cult-favorite status for leaving the most natural-looking flush.
Rush Hour, the “sun-kissed peachy” shade, is ideal for pretending you just got back from an autumn getaway. Just softly dab it on your nose, cheeks and forehead, and you’re good to go.
5. Patrick Ta Major Glow Body Oil, $52
Patrick Ta’s top-selling body oil is known for its indulgent signature scent made of jasmine, white musk and saffron. The stabilized vitamin C absorbs into your skin quickly for a more youthful-looking appearance, while the olive oil and squalane work hard to instantly moisturize and hydrate. Spray this on, and you’ll smell like you just came back from a five-star resort.
An under-the-radar product from Supergoop!, Glowscreen Body offers sun protection with a big dose of shimmer. Formulated with light-reflecting minerals that help amplify your natural glow, the SPF-first body highlighter is also sweat- and water-resistant.
If you’ve opened TikTok even once this year, you’ve come across the Saie Glowy Super Gel. While the more translucent Starglow shade is great for everyday wear, the bronzed Sunglow is the best way to keep your summer vibes alive.
The beaming gel-based formula is made of 75 percent water for easy layering. Mix it with your skin care and foundation — or just wear it alone! You really can’t go wrong with this one.
8. Fenty Beauty Body Lava Moisturizer, $29.50 (Orig. $59)
When Rihanna dropped the Fenty Beauty Body Lava, the world truly stopped. Achieve that post-vacay glow year-round with this gel-based body luminizer that glides on and leaves skin feeling dewy. Light-diffusing micro-pearls are formulated with a sheer tint of color to accentuate all skin tones. The result is a silky, sun-soaked sheen. Plus, it has the most addictive vanilla scent that you’ll just want to bathe in.
Charlotte Tilbury’s cream bronzer comes in four different sun-kissed shades that blend seamlessly into both the face and body. Start by applying a small amount before building up to your desired beachy-bronze. Per the brand, the bronzer is sweat- and humidity-proof and clinically proven to last for 16 hours.
This bronzing oil from California-based indie brand caliray will leave you with visibly juicy, toned, and satiny skin. The lightweight luminosity offers a radiant finish, while vitamin E and omega fatty acids visibly tone. Drizzle it directly onto your skin or mix it into makeup for extra magic across your face and body.
11. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil, $34-$100
Yes, it’s pricey — but the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil is a top seller for a reason. This luxury body oil captures the sultry effect of sun-kissed summer skin and tempts the senses with a spicy and warm fragrance. According to basically everyone, this is the one splurge item that’s well worth it.
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