A Google of "bad self-tanner" pulls up enough images of streaky, orange fake tans to make you swear off the product for good—especially when it comes to your face. However, self-tanners have evolved. Some even offer bonus skincare benefits like extra hydration. But whether you choose St.
For those of us partial to a perpetual post-vacation glow without actually stepping on a plane or baking in the sun's harmful UV rays , self-tanner is an absolute godsend. But as anyone who has unintentionally been transformed into a streaky or orange version of themselves knows, scoring believably sun-kissed limbs can involve some — dare we say — risky trial and error. The reason it's tougher to nail a faux glow than, say, find the perfect foundation shade , is because self-tanners rely on DHA, a sugar that safely darkens the skin. As cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller previously told Allure , DHA can be tough to stabilize, hence the dreaded tangerine tint. Luckily, self-tanners have come a long way since their inception and many of today's options impart "tans" that are indistinguishable from the real deal. To save you from playing chicken with a million formulas, we compiled the mousses, lotions, towelettes — even face mists — that'll have your friends asking where you went on vacay.
We've all witnessed a bad spray tan before—and yes the orange tint can be a definite deterrent—but sometimes a sun-kissed glow is just too tempting to pass up. Self-tanning products have come along way, with brands churning out streak-free formulas and tweaking their DHA ingredients which is what safely causes your skin color to darken so that you can achieve a golden-brown natural-looking tan. And while it feels risky to take the plunge with a product you've never used before, we've taken out the guess-work by selecting the 17 self-tanning products that will best give you a glow. From oils and mousses, to lotions and mists, find out which one works for your summer bronze needs—without the damage. One of the best ways to avoid the streaky affects of a bad self-tan is to use a mousse.
There's nothing better than a natural summer glow. Except when you can fake it without damaging your skin by laying in the sun or a tanning booth. Enter the top-tested self-tanning lotions , sprays, and mousses ahead.