The 10 Best Self-Tanners for a Year-Round Glow

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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.

While today's self-tanners are fairly easy to use, there's still room for error. The key for an even tan is prepping skin with a gentle exfoliator — especially on areas like the knees, elbows, neck, ankles, and feet. This step will remove dead skin build up from these spots, which can cause uneven application.

It's also important to be strategic about your shaving schedule. Shave your armpits and legs one day before using self-tanner. The lotion can get trapped in freshly-shaved hair follicles and cause a patchy finish. The same goes for shaving after you apply self-tanner because you might take off some of your faux glow with the hairs.

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

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer helps achieve that fresh-off-vacation tone while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

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 tanning lotions to use on your face and body for a faux tan that looks unbelievably real.

Our Picks

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer

Best Self Tanners - Jergens Natural Glow

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. Replace your current body moisturizer with this formula at least once a day and watch as your natural skin tone is enhanced in as little as a week for fairer skin tones.

To buy: $12;

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

Loreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse in Medium

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: $15;

M-61 PowerGlow Peel Gradual Tan

Best Self-Tanners - M-61 PowerGlow Peel Gradual Tan

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: $36;

Coola Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum

Coola Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum

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

To buy: $54;

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

Best Self-Tanners - Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Foam

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

To buy: $26;

Bali Body Ultra Dark Self Tanning Mousse

Bali Body Ultra Dark Self Tanning Mousse

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: $30;

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

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: $32;

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

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;

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Self Tan Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face

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: $34;

Tan-Luxe The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water

Tan-Luxe The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water

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: $34;

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