The 6 Products You Need for Perfectly Tan Legs

Basking in the sun may feel great, but it’s certainly not skin-friendly, or condoned by any dermatologist we know. And tanning beds, well those aren’t an option we’d recommend either, for good reason. So when it comes to achieving a beautiful bronze, beauty products might do just the trick. These six can leave your legs perfectly tan, glowing and ready for bikini season.

 

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tarte maracuja rainforest glow instant matte waterproof body perfector 

Why you need it: Harnessing the skin-nourishing power of fatty acid–rich maracuja oil, this creamy bronzing body perfecter works to camouflage uneven skin tone, varicose veins and other imperfections so skin looks brighter, smoother and beach-ready. The application mitt (included with the lotion) helps you easily achieve a streak-free tan that looks completely natural. The bonus: It’s also waterproof, so it won’t budge throughout the day. $39, tartecosmetics.com

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LUSH Sandstone Soap

Why you need it: Exfoliation is a key step when it comes to applying self-tanner because it removes dead skin cells on the surface that keep products from being able to penetrate your skin and do their jobs effectively. This citrus-scented, sand-based scrub is the ultimate body exfoliator and will leave your skin feeling softer than ever and prepped for self-tanner. You can also use it on the backs of your arms or any other place where your skin needs a little smoothing and softening. $8, lushusa.com

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Karin Herzog Tone & Tan 

Why you need it: We’re all for multitasking products, and this two-in-one body toning cream and self-tanner does just that. As you massage it into your cellulite-prone areas, firming ingredients penetrate to enhance your skin’s firmness while gradual tan technology goes to work to build an even, natural-looking bronze. And, a little bit goes a long way, so you won’t run out of product too quickly. $56, karinherzog.com

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NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse

Why you need it: Equipped with the brand’s Odour Remove technology so it doesn’t give you that dreaded “self-tanner smell,” this nontoxic tanning mousse is super easy to use—it’s incredibly lightweight and seeps right into your skin as you apply it (use a tanning mitt). Plus, it comes in two shades—medium and dark—and lasts up to seven days. $20, ulta.com

 

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Après Soleil Exotic Shimmer Body Oil

Why you need it: Formulated with 100 percent natural ingredients, this superluxe dry body oil delivers a hint of shimmer and bronze for a supermodel-worthy glow. A trio of good-for-your-skin oils (rosehip, argan and pomegranate seed) supply antioxidant-rich anti-aging benefits, and, it also helps soothe irritated skin. $56, net-a-porter.com

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Key West Aloe Save A Tan

Why you need it: Although we don’t promote soaking up the sun’s rays due to the damaging effects it has on your skin and the premature aging it can cause, sometimes you can’t avoid a little sunshine. If this is the case, you want to prevent peeling and keep your skin hydrated to help avoid any further damage. We love this after-sun moisturizer, which is chock-full of lab-certified aloe vera (80 percent) and has a yummy tropical scent that will make you want to reapply often. keywestaloe.com

 

 

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