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7 Best Under-$20 Drugstore Self-Tanners That Won’t Streak

Ruby is a freelance beauty writer at STYLECASTER.

The 7 best drugstore self-tanners under $20

Just in case your dermatologist, mom or, like, anyone with basic UV-ray knowledge hasn’t lectured you enough, we’re about to be really honest with you. Even after you’ve found your match made in sunscreen heaven, it’s still incredibly dangerous (see: dumb) to veg out in the sun. Yep, it doesn’t matter how good your pasty-as-hell legs would look after a few hours in the sun, ‘cause sun bathing can cause wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancer, which 1 in 5 Americans will develop in their lifetime. But don’t worry; you don’t have to look like a ghost all summer long — because the beauty industry is currently flooded with top-notch self-tanning products that, unlike the orange-skin-inducing formulas you used in high school, actually leave your skin with pretty, glowing color.

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And if you’re a straight-up self-tanner hater, we hate to break it to you, but you’ve probably just been applying it wrong — or rather, too hesitantly. The biggest misconception with self-tanning products is that the formula’s pigment is in your control, when actually, it’s predetermined. Think of self-tanners like lipstick. No matter how many or how few coats you apply, you’re more or less getting the same color — so smearing a small dollop of product across your entire body is only going to result in uneven, streaky color.

And after sifting through all 8 billion self-tanners on the market right now, we weeded out any formulas with false promises or ridiculously high price points to find the absolute seven best, easiest-to-use products that are safe enough to slather across your entire body — all for less than $20. Including subtle, gradual tans for newbies and hydrating mists that’ll coat even your hardest-to-reach areas, these seven self-tanners are so damn good, you’ll forget you got it indoors and sans sun.

Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner & Body Lotion

The 7 best drugstore self-tanners under $20
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Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner & Body Lotion (Target, $6.99)

Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan

The 7 best drugstore self-tanners under $20
Image: Neutrogena

Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan (Neutrogena, $10.99)

Bondi Sands Wash Off Instant Tan

The 7 best drugstore self-tanners under $20
Image: Target

Bondi Sands Wash Off Instant Tan (Target, $15)

St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse

The 7 best drugstore self-tanners under $20
Image: Target

St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse (Target, $12.99)

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion

The 7 best drugstore self-tanners under $20
Image: Soap & Glory

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion (Soap & Glory, $8)

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse

The 7 best drugstore self-tanners under $20
Image: Walmart

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse (Walmart, $11.97)

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