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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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). 

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Intense Glow Pad

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

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Supergoop Healthy Glow Sunless Tan Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40

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

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

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HauteBronze Sun Drops
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Pradas Flow Sol Solutions Sunless Tanning Mousse

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Comodynes Self-Tanning Natural and Fast Bronzing

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Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil

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Jergens in shower


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Drunk Elephant D. Bronzi


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Huda Beauty Body HIghlighter