Self-tanners are a godsend. When the sun is out and the beach/pool/lake is calling your name, there’s nothing more important than slathering on the highest possible SPF and a giant hat to protect your skin from skin cancer and (less importantly) wrinkles. But why should you have to give up the lovely sunkissed bronze look? The minute you catch a tan, all of a sudden you look healthier, like you just came in from playing a round of tennis in the sun and the exercise did you good. And it can’t be scientifically proven, but everyone looks a few pounds lighter after they come back with a tan.
There are so many products to choose from these days that you can pretty much tailor your exact shade. And there’s no reason to be afraid of the tan palms anymore, thanks to genius products like tan towels and oils that build it slowly and subtly. The Kate Somerville tan towels work on your face and body, and will even give you a tan within two-four hours. Dr. Dennis Gross’s version offers skincare built in, with active ingredients that will keep your skin looking fresh. We love everything from Supergoop! so of course we love their Healthy Glow Sunless Tan. It even has SPF in it! Finally, if you’re feeling especially luxurious, you should know that iconic skincare brand La Mer has their very own self-tanner. Their Face and Body Gradual Tan is buildable and moisturizing.
Shop our favorite self-tanners below: