With the advent of summer sun and a few vacation days stored away for that tropical getaway you've been planning, craving a healthy glow is simply part of the deal. But with new studies published each day on the dangers of unprotected exposure to the sun, it's not exactly shrewd to lie out without a hefty coating of sunscreen.
However, even devout sun worshippers know that the key to a modern summer tan is the right lotion, spray, moisturizer or mousse. For those who crave sun-kissed color without UV damage, here are the nine best tried-and-true self-tanners on the market. Just remember to throw some sunscreen on top if it isn't included in the formula, and you'll be set for whichever beach, park, or rooftop garden is next on your list.
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster
Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face and Body Self Tanner
As far as self-tanners go, Tarte has all of its bases covered with its Brazilliance formula. Not only is the tanner easy to apply thanks to a mitt, but the color is a believable shade of cocoa.
Body Drench Quick Tan Instant Bronzing Spray
If ease and speed of use is what you’re looking for in a tanner, this spray by body drench is your new best friend. After a quick spray-down, your skin tone will warm up over the course of several hours, leaving behind a customized tan and a delicious scent.
L'Oreal Paris Sublime Glow Daily Body Moisturizer + Natural Skin Tone Enhancer
L’Oreal’s daily tanning moisturizer formula provides a subtler effect than the brand’s spray–perfect for those who want a light, believable tint.
Victoria's Secret Self Tanning Tinted Spray
Victoria’s Secret’s new self tanning spray delivers on its promise for a sexy glow, and its 360 degree nozzle makes application a snap.
Hampton Sun SPF 8 Continuous Mist Sunscreen with Bronzer
Anything that makes life a bit simpler gets my vote of approval, and this sunscreen-bronzer combination does exactly that. It’s easy to throw on self-tanner and forget that you need sunscreen as well, but this handy formula performs both functions in one go.