My 3 Go-To Self Tanners

I hate to brag but, I would say I’m a pretty good authority on self tanners. As the palest person I know, I have gotten to know most of the lotions and sprays that <$20 can buy. At one point, I even invested in a spray tan machine and tent. My passion for sunless tanning runs deep! Here are the three tanners that have the best instant results:

Left: No self tanner used, obviously. Right: after self tanning.

3. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze

Finally, another product I usually grab if I’m at Walmart or any drugstore is the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze line (usually less than $12). I use both the lotion and the mist in combination.

I don’t love how it looks only using the lotion. The mist is the hero. Sometimes I will just use the lotion on my face, legs and arms and then do the mist over the whole body. TIP: I always apply more tanner to my face since I wash this far more frequently and the color fades faster. 

Product description: The tinted guide color provides an instant bronze glow with subtle shimmer while a streak-free sunless tan develops. Vitamin E and gentle AHAs* leave the skin feeling smooth and soft.

2. Loving Tan

I was so excited when I got this product for my birthday. Lately, it’s been catching a lot of hype on Instagram so I was curious to try it out.

It’s a little more expensive than I usually like to pay for tanners and is sold in Ulta, Sephora, tons of boutiques, and online for around $35. I received the mousse in the shade dark (which is a bit too dark for me) but I absolutely love it. It’s super luxurious and the results look fantastic.

Product description: Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse gives you a natural looking, sexy tan within minutes. The salon inspired formula provides you with an immediate color, while developing into a deeper, darker tan. The color guide technology ensures an easy, streak free application every time. It is both quick drying and deliciously fragrant.

1. St. Moriz

I usually pick this up at Ulta, but they also sell it at Target and Walgreens. I prefer their spray to their mousse or lotion. This is my absolute go-to because of the price and the quality. It goes on so evenly and is not streaky or orange.

Everything from their line is $12.99! Super affordable and lasts about a month if you are a regular user. I’m extremely fair skinned and use the shade medium.

Product description: St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mist offers a deep bronze, natural looking tan with a professional finish. With a unique blend of active tanning agents, our ultra-fine mist formulation offers an instant bronzing, quick drying spray for a healthy glow all year round! Suitable for all skin types and ideal for those

Remember not to use tanning beds or tanning for excessive amounts of time outside. If cancer doesn’t scare you, wrinkles will.


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