If you are looking for the best sunless tanners to give you that summer glow all year round without damaging your skin, you need to know what to look for in a crowded marketplace. Avoiding the sun and tanning beds to protect your skin from harmful UV rays doesn’t mean you have to go around being pale all year round. With lotion, mousse, and spray on formulas created for many skin tones and types, there is bound to be something out there for you.
Our list of the 10 best sunless tanners will help you find just the product you are looking for to give your particular skin that sun-kissed golden glow that suits your budget.
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1. Beauty by Earth
This vegan sunless tanner is designed to give your skin a natural but darker glow, for those who have a naturally deeper skin tone or want an extra dark tan. The formula is a mix of all organic and natural ingredients and is vegan and cruelty-free. It does not streak, blotch, or turn orange on the skin. The simple list of ingredients gives you a terrific, dark tan without a lot of chemicals, and is perfect for sensitive skin.
This natural & organic formula is made to give a natural tan to the face and body that will last up to 7 days. The base is mineral rather than chemical, so it helps to nourish and smooth skin as well as give it that beach-comber tan. Skinerals is vegan and cruelty-free and made without paraben or sulfates. It is designed for all skin types including sensitive skin. The lack of artificial chemicals makes it suitable for all ages based in plant oils and fruit and plant extracts for a tan without the harsh scent associated with many tanners.
3. Fake Bake
Fake Bake presents a self-tanner in a convenient spray bottle to help get a smooth, even tan all over the body. The tropical beach scented spray is not sticky and produces a natural, fast-drying formula in about 4 to 6 hours. Fake Bake’s unique, all-natural mixture will not turn orange or stain your clothes. This self-tanner includes a dark spray-on color guide that helps you tell by sight how much you have applied and where and avoid streaking and uneven color
Jergens Instant Sun self-tanner comes in shades for lighter and darker skin tones for a color that flatters your natural skin tone. The mousse consistency makes for an easy, comfortable application that dries quickly (about 60 seconds) and the mousse itself is tinted to make it easy to put on an even coat. The tone deepens over hours after application, gradually darkening your skin rather than giving you a sudden, unnatural dark tan. The formula is buildable, so if you want an even deeper glow, you can continue to apply it after 24 hours to get it.
Anjou offers an all-natural formula for a medium or dark tan that also nourishes and softens your skin, improving the texture even as it adds color. It contains vitamin c, aloe, argan, and jojoba oil. The lotion is tinted to let you be certain you are applying completely and evenly to avoid streaking. Each application develops fully within 4 hours and can be layered over days to achieve a darker color. Your tan can be maintained with only 2 or three applications a week. Anjou’s self-tanner is cruelty-free.
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6. Beauty by Earth Self-Tanner & Mitt Set
This gradual sunless tanner comes with a mitt to help get even coverage without having to worry about staining your hands, an exfoliator glove to help prepare skin for a nice, even color without flaking or splotching, and a face application mitt for detailed application on the face. This formula is 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. This formula is buildable to achieve an even darker tan without exposure to the damaging sun.
7. Golden Star Beauty
This organic sunless tanner spray is made to soften and smooth your skin while it darkens, with natural oils and moisturizers, along with hyaluronic acid to fight aging and clear your skin. This formula has a pleasant, natural scent and will not splotch, streak, stain clothes, or turn orange. It is made for all skin types, and products bought from the manufacturer are 100% guaranteed or your money back.
8. Alba Botanica
Alba Botanica sunless tanner is a gluten, phthalate and paraben-free formula that is not tested on animals (Alba Botanica is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny). The natural plant-based formula is artificial fragrance-free, absorbs quickly, and develops a golden tan in only a few hours. Effects last up to 5 days and can be maintained for longer by re-applying a few times a week. Will not cause breakouts and is safe for sensitive skin.
9. Bahama Tan Sunless Spray with Mitt
Bahama Tan Sunless Spray has an organic formula that is free of parabens, PABA, alcohol, petrochemicals, harsh chemicals, and artificial fragrance. The spray is tinted with a color guide to help apply the tanner evenly and avoid streaking or dark spots. This formula is good for all skin types, even sensitive skin, the tan fully develops in about 6 to 8 hours, and can be built up over several days. The included mitt helps ensure even application and protects your hands. Bahama Tan Sunless Spray is guaranteed or your money back.
10. L’Oreal Sublime Glow
L’Oreal Paris Sublime Glow is a daily moisturizer that helps you develop a natural golden tan gradually while nourishing and protecting your skin. This affordable self-tanner is perfect for medium skin tones, developing a glow that compliments your natural skin color that develops fully in 3 to 4 days. Dries within 10 to 15 minutes and will not stain clothing or turn orange as it oxidizes.
Everyone enjoys having sun-touched bronze skin, but no one wants the damage the sun or tanning beds can do to your skin. Sunless tanners offer that healthy glow while keeping your skin healthy. Try a few of the best sunless tanners on our list and look like you spent all day in the sun.
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By BCR Staff