The time has come. Whether you’re swimsuit-ready or not, the pools and beaches are opening for another season–which means it’s time for the perfect tan. Gone are the days of applying oil and baking in the sun or visiting a tanning salon to bronze ourselves up. Today, it is all about the self-tanner. Sunless tanning is the easiest and safest way to fake the bake. When purchasing a sunless tanner, it is important to choose the right shade for your skin tone and to find one that is streak-free. Easy application and low to no odor are also must-haves. We’ve put together a list of the best self-tanners (in no particular order) to help you get ready for the upcoming summer season.
- Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Lotion ($30) makes the list for its natural and organic ingredients. The mousse formula goes on easily without streaking, providing a tan that will last two to three weeks after application. Set it and forget it.
- Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer ($7) has a light floral scent and a silky texture that provides a streak-free glow. This drugstore find builds your tan gradually so it appears more natural. It firms skin and helps hide cellulite, too. This could be your next BFF in a bottle!
- Tan Towel Self Tan Towelette ($29 for five-pack) is available in a face only or whole-body option. To use this tan towel is to love it. It won’t drip or leak when you take it out of the package, which means greater control when applying. The tan is great on all skin tones and lasts for a week.
- L’oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Gelee ($9) is not only a drugstore rock star but the lightweight formula is so gentle that is safe for your face and your body. That’s a tough combo to beat. This fast drying gel allows you to apply make-up or put on your clothes just minutes after applying.
- Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream ($46) is on the pricier side, but it saves you time and money because it is streak-free and non-drying.
- Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self Tanning Oil ($38) is another non-drying self tanner that not only moisturizes, it comes with an easy applicator glove to help you achieve a streak-free finish. After application, you can expect the tan to last through several showers. .