Best Self Tanning Lotions, Gels and Sprays

Bring out your inner golden goddess with these fabulous self tanning lotions, gels and sprays! Self tanning products work best when applied after exfoliating in the shower. Create an even tan and prevent dark spots on your knees and elbows by applying a little moisturizer on those areas before applying self tanner!

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Firming Cream: $40.00

Self Tanning addicts swear by the St. Tropez line, but this product is particularly great, because it both tones and tans. It helps to plump skin with hydrating hyaluronic acid (so it looks less dimpled) and gradually builds up to a realistic tan. The St. Tropez line gives one of the best and long lasting tans, but can be time consuming to apply.  This product is not great for people looking for an instant tan or a really dark tan.

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel: $37.00

For many self tanning addicts this product is the holy grail. Great for an instant tan that won’t get all over your clothes. This product also smells great and will give you a really healthy glow. Generally the entire self tanning line from Clarins is pretty fantastic.

Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel: $34.00

This product will give you an instant tan. It is quick drying and is perfect for special events. The formula is very natural looking, but is best applied with a mitt to protect your hands from getting stained! The formula is also tinted so you can see exactly where you are applying it.

Sephora Body Self Tanning Bronzer Mist: $16.00

Gives a natural tan that will deepen in 3 hours. The aerosol spray makes this product easy to use and great for hard to reach places like your back. This is one of the easiest tanning products to use.
L’Oréal Paris: Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum

L’Oréal Paris: Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Serum: $11.00

This product is great, because it is so flexible. Just add a few drops of this serum to your favorite body and face moisturizer and rub it in! Add more drops for an intense tan or just a few to build up too a gradual tan.

Dove Energy Glow Body Lotion: $10.00

Gradually builds a natural light tan that works well for fair skin tones. Again because this product builds up to a natural tan and is great for beginners. This product is really popular in Europe, but can be hard to find in the States.

Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer: $9.99

Gradually builds a natural looking tan. Can take up to a week with repeated use to achieve a deeper tan. Jergens also makes a self tanning firming moisturizer that is especially great for legs.  This product is great for beginners as the formula is really fool proof!

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