The Best Self-Tanning Lotions for Natural, Glowing Skin

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Laying out for hours or paying a monthly salon membership can get tiring. Whether you're looking to save money or time, these six self-tanning lotions have you covered—literally.

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Coola

This self-tanning lotion will not only darken your skin, but it also offers a toned finish. To apply, massage a generous amount into the desired area and let sit for two to four hours. If you think the color is too dark, you can dilute the lotion with a moisturizer. One reviewer raves about the layering effect, saying, "My tan looks very natural and I can build my tan over time."

To Buy: $46; macys.com

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Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Lotion

Give your legs the color you've been dreaming of with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Lotion. The lightweight lotion can even hide veins or freckles to make your legs look incredibly smooth. And once you're ready to remove the product, it comes off easily with soap and water. Reviewers can't get enough of this lotion, saying, "I use this all over my body to give me the perfect bronzed look!"

To Buy: $15; cvs.com

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'Gradual Tan' Classic Everyday Body Lotion

This ultra-hydrating lotion will give your skin an effortless sun-kissed glow. For optimal results, make sure your skin is clean and dry before applying. It's also recommended to allow four to eight hours before getting wet. And reviewers couldn't be more thrilled with the product, saying "This is the best tanning cream I've ever used. I've been using it for years!"

To Buy: $25; nordstrom.com

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Skinerals Self Tanner

Getting an all-over tan shouldn't require a ton of products. That's why we love the Skinerals Self Tanner that can be applied everywhere—yes, including your face. For the best results, apply the lotion using a hand towel or mitt and enjoy a streakless, natural-looking tan. Plus, there's no need to worry about irritation or possible acne. One reviewer who swears by this self-tanner raves, "I have super sensitive skin and I have no irritation whatsoever from the product!"

To Buy: $24 (was $25); amazon.com

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Beauty by Earth Self Tanner

Get all the benefits of a glowing tan without exposing yourself to harsh UV rays with this self-tanner from Grove Collaborative. This chemical-free lotion is made with hydrating aloe vera gel and shea butter—win!. One reviewer sums up this amazing self-tanner in five words, saying, "It's quick, effective, easy, natural, and inexpensive!"

To Buy: $27; grove.com

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The Butter Illuminating Tanning Butter

This safe alternative to tanning contains Cellutone Complex which can reduce the appearance of cellulite and firm skin. Infused with raspberry seed oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, a reviewer points out, "The scent is light, almost like melted butter! There's none of the typical self-tanner smell." It's recommended to apply this product for three days in a row and then keep applying on alternate days to maintain your desired tan.

To Buy: $36; sephora.com

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