Although I absolutely look best bronzed, I made a promise to my sunscreen: Never shall we part. So that leaves me to rely on faux tanning products for my summery skin.
I've certainly had my share of mishaps -- streaky legs, pigmented patches on my knees, an overall orange tint -- but I'm here to tell you one thing: Don't give up, my friends. The right sunless tanner is out there for you, and I've researched the tried-and-true favorites, as well as tips as to why your faux tan looks so…fake.
Read on for my top 7 self-tanner picks and fool-proof self-tanning tips:
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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Glow Pads
These self-tanning wipes are packed with Vitamin D and anti-aging properties. "There's no greasiness, no stench, no realizing you missed the entire right side of your face halfway through the day. They're easy to apply, and after only two uses, I looked like I had spent a few days on the beach," said Sophia Panych, associate editor at Allure.
Buy it here for $18 -$65
St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse
The entire St. Tropez line is my personal self-tanner favorite -- it goes on smoothly, dries quickly, and lasts an impressively long time. I've never had any issues with streaks or Oompa Loompa orange. Thousands of Sephora reviewers agree that this gives "the most authentic golden glow." This could be because St. Tropez's formulas contain green pigments to counteract any orange tint.
Buy it here for $40
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Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer
A long-time drugstore favorite, this is an affordable way to gradually boost your color in a fool-proof way. It's been praised countless times, from beauty awards to online reviews. It won't give you an instant bronze look, but it slowly builds a summer glow.
Buy it here for $6.79
Dior DiorBronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow
I've heard plenty of rave reviews for this self-tanner from Dior. Allure editors reported that DiorBronze is one of the few self-tanners to give an instant deep color without the fear of streaking.
And, I mean, it's Dior.
Buy it here for $34
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Clarins Delectable Self-Tanning Mousse SPF 15
Another fan favorite, with many online reviewers claiming that this is a good option for fair-skinned gals. I especially like that this one has an SPF, unlike other self-tanners that not only leave you unprotected, but can increase your odds of getting sun burn. (Check the ingredients for Alpha Hydroxy Acid, AHA, which might make your skin more sensitive to the sun, and therefore to burns.)
Buy it here for $42
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion
Another good drugstore self-tanner, but this one has a slight shimmery sparkle to it, and it's is a little stickier than most. Yet it's a good budget drugstore pick -- one that won't leave you with orange streaks up and down your leg.
Buy it here for $8.49
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Fusion Beauty GlowFusion Micro Nutrient Face and Body Natural Protein
Anyone who has hunted through self-tanner reviews has come across a Fusion Beauty recommendation. It even ended up on Glamour Magazine's Ultimate Self-Tanner Guide, which highlighted its "subtle scent and gently bronzed finish."
Buy it here for $58
- By Chelsea Fuss
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