Summer is here and the sun is shining! There’s nothing like a fresh summer tan, but sunbathing comes with several health risks and can be so time consuming. For a healthy, guilt-free glow, self-tanners are the best option — but we know what you’re thinking. They can be orange, streaky, and pretty stinky, but only if you choose the wrong one. Here are our favorite self-tanners that provide a natural, healthy glow — just don’t forget to exfoliate and lotion up those hands, feet, elbows, and knees first!
Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam
This Coco & Eve formula claims to be the first 100 percent natural DHA self-tanning body treatment. Leave it on for a minimum of two hours or overnight and shower to reveal your fresh tan. This self-tanner is available in three flexible shades, so you can get that summer glow regardless of your skin tone. Give yourself the best possible applications with the Coco & Eve mitt or kabuki brush!
This beloved self-tanner promises a gorgeous, natural tan. Once you apply this color-guided mousse, you’ll instantly see the bronze pigment and your glow will develop into a stronger faux tan over time. You’ll get the full effect after only two hours, making it super convenient. According to Ulta’s reviews, this formula is a favorite because it isn’t orange and doesn’t have that typical self-tanner odor.
This ultra dark shade is a favorite pick for experienced at-home tanners. The formula contains a fresh coconut scent and it will hydrate and nourish your skin. According to Bondi Sands, this mousse is never orange and never streaky — What more could you ask for?
Vita Liberata’s pHenO2 technology ensures a tan that lasts up to four times longer than standard self-tanner formulas. This pick is infused with organic botanicals and moisture-locking technology for 72-hour hydration. Plus, the pigment of this mousse is olive-toned, so no orange streaks over here!
Get a beautiful faux tan in just one hour! This aerated formula is lightweight and dries down fast, so it won’t transfer onto your clothes. According to reviews, this mousse doesn’t turn orange on fair skin tones like traditional self-tanners do.
St. Tropez x Ashley Graham Ultimate Glow Mousse Kit
Show off your golden tan with this self-tanner and mitt combo from St. Tropez and model Ashley Graham. It dries within seconds and takes four to eight hours to develop. Leave it on overnight and you’ll have a natural, streak-free tan after you rinse off in the morning. This whipped mousse also contains a hyaluronic acid complex and rosehip oil for extra hydration, and includes fine fragrances inspired by Ashley’s favorite scents!
These customizable drops make self-tanning a breeze. You can add as much or as little as you want (between two and twelve drops) to your favorite body moisturizer, mix it all together, and apply it to your skin.
For a more subtle glow, try this foaming water. This unique pick applies clear and it’s derived from natural sugars. The self-tanning water is said to work with your skin’s natural tone to develop the perfect color for you. Best of all, it’s dye-free, transfer-free, and contains coconut water for a fresh, tropical scent!
The green base in this self-tanner will counteract any warm, orange tones, leaving you with a natural looking tan. It only takes an hour to develop and it’s self adjusting to your skin tone, so it’s suitable for self-tanning beginners and experts alike!
If you’re a little nervous about self-tanning in general, but you still want to give it a try, a gradual lotion is the way to go. Tan Luxe’s formula is mild, illuminating, and creates a natural glow! Just apply the lotion in circular motions all over your body and make sure to wash your hands immediately after.