Many people want a natural glowing sun-kissed look, but using the sun to get it is a bad idea. Prolonged exposure to the sun—the kind you need to get a natural tan—causes damage to the skin due to its harmful UV rays. On top of looking tired and wrinkled before your time, sun damage increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
Fortunately, there is a huge range of products on the market to help you to get that bronze glow without any of the risks.
Sally Beauty Salon Bronze Airbrush Tanning System
A spray tan is a safer choice, but sometimes you don’t have the time or the budget to go to a salon and stand in a paper g-string while someone sprays you down.
The Sally Beauty Salon Bronze Airbrush Tanning System allows you to get a spray tan in the comfort of your home. It provides a natural color so you still look like yourself, and even dries fast to ensure that you don’t leave marks on your clothes or furniture.
It’s also scentless, which will allow you to forget that you’re sporting a new tan even right after it’s applied.
Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self-Tanning Formula
This tanning product is in high demand because it’s also free of that tell-tale fake tan smell. You can enjoy slathering it on liberally without worrying about smelling like chemicals after you walk out of the house.
The Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self-Tanning Formula has a thick consistency that isn’t greasy. You won’t feel oily or wet after it’s applied. You can even apply it the same day you want to show off the tan! Its natural look offers immediate results in just an hour after it’s used.
Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Body
For a luxurious tan and a bit of indulgence, turn to the Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Body. It glides easily onto the skin and offers a deep color that will make you look like you spent several days on a tropical island.
The Dior Bronze tanner lasts for an average of four or five days. Use it throughout the year to maintain your glow and pretend you don’t have a pale complexion!
Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion
Clinique’s tanning product is streak-free and promises to never look orange. It even works to moisturize the skin to ensure that you look hydrated and flawless once the tint kicks in.
It lasts for up to five days so you’re not constantly reapplying—or you can build up your tan with several layers for a deeper glow. Apply this bronzer in just a single layer for a more minimal skin tint.
Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion
Perhaps one of the most affordable sunless tanning products available, Banana Boat tan is the best fake tan found in drugstores, and doesn’t appear streaky.
This product creates a realistic sun-kissed color that develops gradually. It’s suitable for use all over the body and doesn’t look weird and patchy, even on elbows and knees.
Sun Laboratories Ultra Dark Self Tanning Lotion
If you want to look like you’re back from two weeks in the Caribbean, the Sun Laboratories Ultra Dark formula is the best fake tan to try. It offers a deep dark glow, suitable for those with already deep skin-tones. If you’re a pale gal, don’t try this unless you’re already a tanning pro!
Sun Laboratories products are available in lotion, spray and roll-on forms to suit your preferred tanning method.