These highly-rated self-tanning lotions, mousses, and liquids deliver natural-looking results, and don't leave behind unflattering orange streaks or splotches.
By now, you better know that tanning is dangerous. Exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays boosts your risk of skin cancer, and studies suggest that people who use tanning beds triple their risk of melanoma.
That said, we get it: sometimes you still want that bronzed, just-back-from-the-beach glow (minus the skin cancer risk, of course). That's why there are hundreds of skin-safe self-tanners out there that can take you from pale and pasty to sunny and summery in minutes. But as anyone who's ever wound up with streaky, orange skin can attest, not all of these products are created equal.
To the rescue: These self-tanning lotions, liquids, mousses, and even water are guaranteed to give you a natural-looking fake bronze. Pick one that suits your preferred price range and application method, and get ready to glow all year round.
Fake Bake Flawless
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
It's not cheap, but this self-tanning tinted mousse from St. Tropez delivers beautiful, streak-free results and dries in just 60 seconds. Plus, it deepens the more you use it, so you can gradually work up to your desired shade. Bonus: Many reviewers rave about the color, calling it the most natural-looking fake tanner they've tried.
L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Body Towelettes
Jergens Natural Flow Firming Moisturizer
Banana Boat Self-Tanning Lotion
Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Mist
Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Self Tan Water
Self-tanning water exists, and it's a game-changer. This liquid formula develops into a gorgeous tan that lasts up to a week, but doesn't leave behind any sticky residue. Natural botanical ingredients like ginkgo biloba and raspberry also help fight signs of aging while you bronze.
NKD SKN Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturizer
All-natural ingredients, a fragrance-free formula, and adorable packaging are just a few things we love about this self-tanning lotion—which, most importantly, also leaves behind a gorgeous tan. It even applies completely clear, so you don't have to worry about messy hands.