Best for all over self-tanningMatthew Cohen/Rd.com"Exposure to the sun's UV rays can cause your skin to age prematurely, leading to a loss of collagen as well as age spots and wrinkles," says Jamie Greenberg, makeup artist and self-tanning expert. Instead of lying out in the sun, opt for a self-tanning lotion that gets you all of the glowy goodness with none of the side effects. Greenberg recommends Versa Spa Gradual Tanning Spa Butter. It has the whipped butter texture that we love in a lotion, while getting your skin up to its deepest bronze in a week's time. Tan-Luxe The Butter, another rich-textured lotion that you'll savor slathering on your skin, will keep your skin dewy and golden.
Best for self-tanning in a hurryMatthew Cohen/Rd.comNo time to add another step to your morning routine? Try Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, which you can use right in the shower. Simply rub onto damp skin post-shower in place of your regular moisturizer. You'll save time all while looking like you just had a week off.
Best self-tanner with SPFMatthew Cohen/Rd.comIf oil-drenched legs were a staple of your childhood, you'll love the (much safer) tan that comes courtesy of a self-tanning oil with SPF. These luxurious oils give your skin the sheen that of a just-vacationed glow. Vita Liberata Self-Tan Dry Oil SPF 50 with Marula protects your skin from UVA/UVB rays all while building up color. Leave it on for up to eight hours as you spend the day in the shade, and you'll still leave the beach looking like a bronzed goddess. For lightweight coverage, Moroccanoil Sun Oil SPF 15 lets you tan over time. Reapply up to every two hours until you've reached the desired level of tan, whether you want to look like you spent one day in the park or two weeks on a Caribbean cruise. Bonus: It's nourishing for skin thanks to a combination of vitamin E and argan oil, which also means it smells delicious. Since oil doesn't meld well on all skin types, be sure to test a patch of product on the underside of your arm and wait 24 hours before applying to the whole body.
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Best moisturizing self-tannerMatthew Cohen/Rd.comIf you're a moisture addict in addition to a self-tanoholic, meet tanning balms. Like a nourishing lotion that leaves your skin glowing, a tanning balm will leave skin both intensely moisturized and richly bronzed. James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm has the added benefit of organic coconut oil. Expect to reapply product two to three times a week to maintain your summer glow 24/7.
Best self-tanner in a sheet maskMatthew Cohen/Rd.comSome of the industry's most innovative products revolve around getting your face ready for a sun-kissed selfie. Sheet mask fans are flocking to St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask for a dewy glow. Just like a regular sheet mask, it fits to the contours of your face and infuses your skin with serum. Leave it on for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on just how deeply you want to tan, and expect to see the full results in eight hours.
Best self-tanner in a serumMatthew Cohen/Rd.comFor a tanner that you can work easily into your existing skin-care regimen, try COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum. "Apply a small amount to the palm of your hand and spread evenly onto clean, dry skin," says Chris Birchby, founder of self-tanner brand COOLA. "Allow two to four hours for your tan to fully develop. For a more gradual color, add two to three drops of serum to your moisturizer and apply daily."
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