The Best Self-Tanner for Your Skin
Best for Face
Jergens Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer
Above-the-neck bronzers can cause agita, what with pore-clogging formulas and potentially orange results. Relax: This SPF 20 lotion is oil-free and builds tint gradually. In two shades.
To buy: $8.50, drugstore.com.
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Xen-Tan Moroccan Tan
The active ingredient in most self-tanners, DHA, is also what causes that pungent odor. Xen-Tan overcomes the problem with an infusion of black coconut that smells so good, you’ll actually look forward to putting it on.
To buy: $35, nordstrom.com.
Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
This classic, nonsticky formula is renowned for its natural-looking results. It’s also light enough to apply in one coat for a sheer tint or in layers for a deeper bronze.
To buy: $35, clarins.com.
L’OrÃ©al Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist
The bullhorn-shaped nozzle targets the spray at your skin, not the bathroom walls, and the quick-dry formula requires no rubbing.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Firming Cream
This overachiever both tones and tans: It helps to plump skin with hydrating hyaluronic acid (so it looks less dimpled) and delivers realistic color that deepens to a post-vacation hue after several uses.
To buy: $35, sephora.com.