If you’re feeling particularly pale and sun-deprived these days you’re not alone—being quarantined does deny us the levels of vitamin D we’re all craving. Unless you’re one of the lucky few who have a backyard or balcony to lay out on, you’re most likely stuck indoors for most of the day right now. But at least we’re able to fake it in the tanning department as there are so many products that deliver an amazing sun-kissed glow without even leaving your bathroom. From mousses to drops to lotions, there are almost too many options to choose from when looking for an at-home tanning product, so I’ve narrowed it down to 5 that are easy to apply and give you amazing results. All of these products will leave you with a natural-looking bronze glow, and never look orange or streaky. Some of these even have elements that help tone and firm the skin while simultaneously bronzing—a win-win. Below are the 5 best self-tanning products for a beautiful, natural at-home glow.
St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse ($44): This thick mousse formula is beyond easy to apply and gives you a natural-looking bronze in just a few hours. Simply use the St. Tropez applicator mitt to apply the mousse evenly over your entire body or the areas you’d like to tan, leave on for a few hours, and rinse off. The mousse leaves a light brown tint on the skin after you apply so it’s easy to spot any areas you may have missed. Containing 100% natural DHA, you can control how dark you want to be by leaving the mousse on anywhere from one to four hours (one hour giving you a glow, two hours for a medium tan, and three to four hours for a darker bronze). St. Tropez also makes a Bronzing Water Face Mist to gives your face a glow boost to match your body.
Tan-Luxe Illuminating Self-Tan Drops ($59): These concentrated tanning drops gives you a buildable, natural-looking glow that’s customizable to match your desired tan level. To apply, mix the drops with your favorite moisturizer or body butter and apply evenly to your entire body. These drops are great because you can control how tan you want to be—if you’re looking to simply maintain a glow you’ll add less drops than if you’re looking to tan quickly for an occasion. There’s also no transfer (unlike some other self tanners) so you don’t have to worry about staining your light clothes or sheets after you apply. Tan-Luxe also offers the Illuminating Self-Tan Drops specifically formulated for the face.
Isle of Paradise Glow Clear, Color Correcting Self-Tanning Mousse ($29): This non-toxic mousse comes in three shade levels and offers a clear formula that doesn’t transfer onto clothes or sheets (and also has no smell like most other self-tan products!). It’s also 100% clean, so if you’re looking to detox your beauty routine this is a great addition. Isle of Paradise also offers self-tan drops to be mixed with moisturizer if that’s your preferred method of applying.
Elle Effect Self Tanning Mousse ($45): Another mousse that gives you a perfectly bronzed glow is Elle Effect—it goes on evenly, has a subtle rose scent to mask any tanning smell, and is completely customizable. Apply somewhere between one and three layers depending on how dark you want to be (one for a subtle glow, two to look like you just returned from a day at the beach, and three to look like you just got back from a sun-filled vacation). It’s also great for beginners because it doesn’t leave behind any streaking.
COOLA Sunless Tan Firming Lotion ($46): This non-toxic, organic sunless tanning lotion delivers a natural glow while also firming and toning the skin. The beet-derived DHA gives you streak-free color (that doesn’t transfer onto clothes!) while caffeine and seaweed help firm. To use, apply the lotion evenly over your body in circular motions and allow two to four hours for the tan to develop, and six to eight hours before showering. After the initial four hours if you’re looking for a darker bronze, simply apply another layer lotion and wait another four.
What’s your favorite tanning product? Let us know in the comments below!