We all want the gorgeous, bronze, sunkissed glow that you get after being at the beach all day. However, by now, we all know that laying out in the sun without SPF is dangerous, and even the best tan isn’t worth the risk. Luckily, there’s a little something called self tanner that can help deliver the glow you seek.
Using the wrong self tanner can lead to all kinds of trouble, from orange-hued skin to spending a ton of money on a product that doesn’t work. Melville, NY dermatologist Kally Papantoniou, MD, says what’s great about good self tanner products is that they allow you “to get that bronze glow without having to use darker shades of makeup, and of course, stay out of the sun.” We’ve rounded up some dermatologist-approved self tanners that won’t steer you wrong.
Coco and Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam ($35)
New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD, says this Bronzing Foam is easy to apply and it provides a great color that’s not too orange. This self tanner does it all. It’s anti-cellulite and anti-aging and also helps hydrate and firm the skin.
TanTowel Face Tan Towelettes ($30)
In addition to giving you a great tan, this pick from Dr. Papantoniou is packed with ingredients that are great for your skin. “The Towelettes have aloe vera, anti-aging properties, and they boost hydration of the skin (due to the humectant, vitamin B5), says Dr. Papantoniou.

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse ($44)
Monroe, LA dermatologist Janine Hopkins, MD, suggests St. Tropez brand products. She says they’re always “a great option for a golden, bronzed appearance.”
Avène Self-Tanning Moisturizer ($12)
Louisville, KY, dermatologist Tami Buss Cassis, MD, loves Avène Self-Tanning Moisturizer. However, she notes that the product has a bit of a learning curve. She mixes it with her daily moisturizer to “slowly build a tan as the weather gets warmer.”
Bali Body Face Tan Water ($30)
“Bali Body Face Water is great,” says Dr. Peredo. “It doesn’t smell at all like self tanner. You apply it to your face using a pad or blend in with moisturizer for an even, gradual tan.”

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Drops ($14)
Dr. Papantoniou suggests choosing a product that has additional benefits like anti-aging or moisturizing. This product has “the added benefits of not only being able to be mixed in with a serum or moisturizer to boost the hydration, but it also has hyaluronic acid and is fragrance-free,” says Dr. Papantoniou.

FakeBake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan ($20)
“FakeBake is always a popular choice by my patients who want to look like they just returned from the Bahamas or other tropical locations,” says Dr. Hopkins. The brand has plenty of formulas to choose from, including spray, mousse and lotion.

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer Medium/Tan ($10)
As the name implies, apply this product right after the shower on wet skin. “It moisturizes the skin, doesn’t stain clothes, and spreads on evenly since your skin is wet,” says Dr. Peredo.

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