The 17 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. These 17 serums, oils and lotions deliver believable, consistent 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 ($52.50)

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. 

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Kora Organics Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion ($48)

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. 

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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)

Want 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 for Face ($32)

Three drops of Clarins is all it takes to get the dreamiest summer tint. Golden Glow Booster for Face boasts super-soothing aloe and if you're not already convinced: It's a lot less expensive than a trip to Bora Bora, too.  

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Innovative Glow Pads tan while they exfoliate—thanks to alpha and beta hydroxy acids—creating consistent color that lasts long after the sunny season ends.  

10/17

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water ($28)

NewBeauty Award-Winning Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water comes in three varieties with ingenious color-correcting pigments to deliver an even, natural glow, no matter your skin tone.

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Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops ($39)

Like liquid sunshine without the damage, D-Bronzi provides a temporary glow—it washes off with cleanser—and boasts skin-bettering ingredients like peptides and white tea extract to help minimize any fine lines. 
12/17

Supergoop Healthy Glow Sunless Tan ($38)

Cult-brand Supergoop does it all with the Healthy Glow Sunless Tan—part self-tanner, part sunscreen, part moisturizer and wholly genius. 

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St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse ($42)

With an average of four out of five stars on Sephora, Ulta and Amazon, we think it's fair to say that St. Tropez's scented Bronzing Water Mousse is a major winner.

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L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse ($15)

Vitamin E and coconut water shine in this hydrating foam formula from L'Oréal. A paragon of buildable pigment, Sublime Bronze goes on easy and can be effortlessly layered for deeper color.






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Cleantan A Tan With Benefits Quickie Concentrate ($43)

Aesthetician-created Cleantan features plant-based pigments for a bespoke and guilt-free glow. And application is easy—just mix in with your fave moisturizer. 




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Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil ($39)

Well worth its weight in, well you know, vegan Argan Liquid Gold is gluten-free, cruelty-free and streak-free and offers a choose-your-own-scent adventure.

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Jergens Natural Glow +Firming Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10)

Tinted Wet Skin Moisturizer is back and better than ever with this reboot that includes a blend of collagen and elastin to diminish cellulite—all from the comfort of your own shower.