I’m kind of a self-tanning addict. It really effects my confidence for the better when I’m washed in some color and these days there are so many fast-acting, natural-looking, easy-to-use options that don’t smell. And I’m not just talking mousses (though I LOVE LOVE LOVE my St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, which applies clear, barely smells, and requires no showering off!). There are a number of unique tanning products that will work to quickly give you a natural glow. Here are some standouts, all of which require zero precision (you don’t even need a mirror…).
Dr. Gross’ Alpha Beta Intense Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face ($38) is the only tanning product I will use on my face. I just started using these two months ago and I’m totally addicted. I apply a wipe, in circular motion, every other day or every three days, and I wake up and my face is GLOWING. It looks so natural and while there’s a light smell, it’s not a bad one. I break out super easily and with these oil-free, exfoliating pads I never have to worry about that. In fact, they’re helping fight my breakouts while imparting a glow. I’m so happy to have discovered these because it’s the first time I can tan my face without worrying about how my skin will react!
For Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($32) all you do is drop a few drops of the golden booster into your balm and mix it with your moisturizer (or put some drops directly in your moisturizer) for an instant glow.
Stock up on Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelettes ($10) while you can because they’re limited edition. Like Dr. Gross’ wipes they’re easy to apply and portable (perfect for travel). Don’t forget your neck! Note, however, that if you have acne-prone skin do a patch test first because these are formulated with oil.
Sephora Collection always kills it. They make some of the best, affordable beauty products on the market and their Tinted-Self Tanning Body Mist ($18) is no exception. This mist is natural and easy to use – no mitt required – just spray and go! It dries fast, no sticky residue, and no color transfer. While the color develops over time it does apply a light color at first so you can see where you’ve applied it.