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By Erin Lukas
May 07, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
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Forget everything you think you know about self-tanner, including the streaks, Cheeto-colored skin, and stained white sheets.

Sunless tanners have evolved, and now come in multiple forms — from traditional tanning lotions to gradual tan serums — and they're easier than ever to use. Some even offer bonus skincare benefits like extra hydration and gentle exfoliation. 

Whatever self-tanner you choose, you'll end up getting a healthy sun-kissed glow without exposing your skin to damaging UVA/UVB rays

Since finding the right self-tanner can take a ton of trial and error, we've gone ahead and done the work for you. Here, the 10 best self-tanners to use on your face and body for a faux tan that looks unbelievably real. 

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer 

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The Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer is known for delivering the most natural glow at a drugstore price point. On top of a realistic fake tan, this scent-free lotion simultaneously hydrates and firms skin. 

To buy: $8; walgreens.com

L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Water Mousse

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If lotions aren't your thing, try a mousse. L'Oréal Paris' self-tanner melts into skin for a streak-free finish and smells like a tropical vacation. Just remember to wait four hours post-application before showering so the color fully develops. 

To buy: $12; target.com

M-61 PowerGlow Peel Gradual Tan

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Run one of these pads over your face for a bronze glow, plus a bit of light chemical exfoliation. On top of a realistic tan, glycolic and salicylic acids reduce pore size and improve skin texture and tone.

To buy: $68/30; bluemercury.com

Coola Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum

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It checks all the boxes off as a good self-tanner (a natural, streak-free glow), but it also offers the same skincare benefits of your favorite anti-aging serum. Plant cells and hyaluronic acid included in the formula keep skin soft, smooth, and firm. 

To buy: $54; ulta.com

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

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This lightweight foam dries down in seconds, which is great if you want to look instantly bronze, but even better because you won't mess it up since it's so easy to apply.  

To buy: $26; walgreens.com

Bali Body Ultra Dark Self Tanning Mousse

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Seasoned self-tanners will appreciate this ultra-dark tanning mousse. It's formulated with a color guide to ensure you get even coverage. 

To buy: $31; ulta.com

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops 

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Don't want to give up your favorite moisturizer? Just add in a few drops of this product for a subtle glow. What makes these drops unique is their color-correcting actives that balance our your skin tone. Use the peach to brighten, green to reduce redness, and violet to minimize sallowness. 

To buy: $29; sephora.com

St.Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

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Further dispelling the argument that face mists are pointless is this self-tanning version from St. Tropez. It's infused with natural tanning agents and refreshing botanical extracts. An added bonus: It has a tropical scent instead of that unpleasant, tell-tale self-tanner smell. 

To buy: $30; sephora.com

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

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Mix this self-tanning booster to your day or nighttime moisturizer to develop a soft, natural glow. Just don't use this product solo — it's meant to be used with a cream, people!

To buy: $32; sephora.com

Tan-Luxe The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water

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This color-free tanner looks like a tall glass of water, but it also contains organic tanning actives: vitamins B, C, and E, raspberry seed oil, and aloe vera. It will leave skin unbelievably realistic tan and supremely hydrated.  

To buy: $47; sephora.com