The Best Self-Tanners for Bronzing Your Body

May 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Best Self-Tanners
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When it comes to getting glowy in the summer, there’s no competition between baking in the sun and self-tanning; in our eyes, the latter will always win. It takes less time, fades away over time and above all, it’s safer! Even with sunscreen, extended sun exposure leaves us vulnerable to skin disorders and disease, especially since we rarely reapply it throughout the day.

Spray tanning or using a self-tanner allows you to harness all the benefits of a traditional sun sesh, and more often than not, the formulas are also chock-full of ingredients that nourish the skin in addition to tinting it. Bronzing the face can be tricky depending on the skin type category you fall under, but the body isn’t so intimidating as long as you’re cognizant of the differences in application.

“For your body, you want to make sure you have exfoliated and shaved, and if you have waxed, wait about 24 hours before applying just so that your hair follicles/pores have time to settle,” says Sophie Evans, skin-finishing expert for St. Tropez.

For the face, make sure that all makeup is removed and you’ve lightly exfoliated. Evans also recommends steering away from retinol creams and using the tanner in conjunction with a light layer of moisturizer and/or eye serum instead.

“A lot of people ask if you can use body self-tanners on the face, and the answer is yes, but you would combine with other skin care products,” she says. “Self-tans designed for the face have premium antiaging ingredients and are formulated perfectly for the delicate face area. The face has a tendency to develop a little darker due to a higher pH level in the facial area, so self-tans designed for the face are formulated a little lighter.”

Since we’ve already shared the best self-tanners for the face, ahead are 10 body-specific options that’ll give you color without the streaking and icky transfer.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /10: St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse

St. Tropez Self-Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse
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1/10 :St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse

2 /10: Supergoop! Healthy Glow Sunless Tan

Supergoop! Healthy Glow Sunless Tan
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2/10 :Supergoop! Healthy Glow Sunless Tan

3 /10: St. Tropez Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez Self-Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse
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3/10 :St. Tropez Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse

4 /10: Tarte Glow with the Faux Foaming Self-Tanner

Tarte Glow with the Faux Foaming Self-Tanner
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4/10 :Tarte Glow with the Faux Foaming Self-Tanner

5 /10: Viva Liberata pHenomenal 2 – 3 Week Tan Mousse

Viva Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

5/10 :Viva Liberata pHenomenal 2 – 3 Week Tan Mousse

6 /10: Tan-Luxe The Butter

Tan Luxe the Butter
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6/10 :Tan-Luxe The Butter

7 /10: Coola Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist

COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist
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7/10 :Coola Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist

8 /10: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
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8/10 :Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel

9 /10: Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Mist

Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Mist
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9/10 :Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Mist

10 /10: Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Self-Tanning Body Butter

Josie Maran Juicy Mango Whipped Argan Oil Self-Tanning Body Butter
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10/10 :Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Self-Tanning Body Butter