The 7 Best Self-Tanners for Bronzed Skin without Sun Damage

"Fake it till you make it" might just be the best beauty advice we've ever gotten. Or rather, simply "fake it." A great tan can be oh-so-perfect for summer and super sexy, but too much time in the sun can be seriously damaging to skin. Enter: gradual tanning products. Below, these seven serums, oils and lotions deliver believable, even color rain or shine.

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COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Serum, $54

Calling all glow getters: COOLA's serum—made with hyaluronic acid and plant stem cells—imparts a transfer-resistant tan while addressing potential concerns like dry skin and fine lines.


Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil, $52

We've had our fair share of self-tan-induced nightmares. Tonight we're sleeping well knowing that Tan-Luxe is working hard while we doze for a healthy glow (for our faces and not our pillows) literally overnight. For a full body tan from Tan-Luxe, check out the NewBeauty Award-winning Wonder Oil.  


Kora Organics Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion, $48

Let's get one thing straight: Anything good enough for Miranda Kerr is something we want to stockpile, especially if it's a product that she uses to get her dewy, supermodel glow. BONUS: This one-size-fits-all lotion boasts lavender essential oil for a subtle scent. 


James Read Tan Instant Bronzing Mist, $38

Perfect for both body and face, this ultra-fine, cult-fave mist dries in seconds and is the best tool for tanning: The formula is tinted, so we know exactly where to apply if we missed a spot (or two or three). 


Tan Towel Body Tan Towelettes, $29

We'd be lying if we said that we didn't have a storied past with streaky tans. These easy-to-use wipes deliver an even layer of sun-kissed color that's entirely foolproof. The formula blends so well, we're not convinced that this isn't magic.


Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Mist, $36

We dare you to find a tanning product more convenient than this award-winning, clear spray with aloe vera from Hampton Sun. Apply directly to dry skin for the ultimate glow-on-the-go.


La Mer The Face & Body Gradual Tan Lotion, $100

Looking for a way to fool your friends into thinking you have a place in Tahiti? La Mer—the crown jewel in any skin savant's shelfie—hits it out of the park with this best-selling and fast-acting sunless tanner.


Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster


Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Intense Glow Pad


Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water (NB Award-winner)


Supergoop Healthy Glow Sunless Tan Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40


St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Gradual Tan Plus Luminous Veil Everyday Illuminating Face Cream


St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse (NB Award Winner)

HauteBronze Sun Drops

Pradas Flow Sol Solutions Sunless Tanning Mousse


Comodynes Self-Tanning Natural and Fast Bronzing


Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil


Jergens in shower


Drunk Elephant D. Bronzi


Huda Beauty Body HIghlighter