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The 13 Best Self Tanning Products on the Market Today


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Which Self Tanners Work Best?
From left: Getty Images, Decleor and Kate Somerville

I've done the research for you to find the best self-tanners and self-tanning products on the market today from cheap to steep. All of these are beloved by reviewers on all the major review sites including Makeupalley.com, Drugstore.com, Amazon.com and Sephora.

And none of these will turn you orange.

Ever since a bronzed Coco Chanel came back from a Mediterranean vacation in the 1920s and made the tan the hottest fashion accessory, women have been going ga-ga over golden skin and self tanners. Tanning products allow you to get a golden glow without the damaging effects of the sun.

Here are a few tips for proper self-tanning:

  • Most tanners give you a few shade options. If you are fair, do not choose a darker option or your bronzed skin will look fake, fake, fake.
  • Always exfoliate before apply self-tanner. I recommend dry brushing your skin with a brush like this one from Amazon.com.
  • Most self-tanners are buildable, meaning you should apply a few days in a row to get a deeper tan, but some tanners will give you immediate color.
  • To keep the color from darkening on your knees, heels and elbows, I highly recommend moisturizing those areas first. If you are a pro self-tanner, invest in XEN TAN Blending Balm, you won't regret the purchase. It's a great self-tanner secret I got from a friend who's been fake tanning for a decade. Buy it from Amazon.com.
  • After you apply a cream, gel or spray, expect the "tan" to take 2-4 hours to develop.
  • Apply a luminizing cream or highlighter for extra glow.

These are your best bets from drugstore buys to a few luxurious brands like Kate Somerville and Clarins.

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