The 10 Best Self Tanners of 2018


Nothing seems irritating than applying a self-tanner then at the end you realize some streaky legs or dark elbows. Therefore, it is important to be choosy when it comes to picking a tanner that will yield a good natural look. Knowing one’s skin type and how to expertly apply the tanner on the body especially the knees, hands, elbows, feet, ankles and face is of great advantage.

Below are top 10 best self tanners that will not disappoint you this 2017. You can comfortably wear that strapless dress, bikini or short with no worries of exposing tan lines.

Self Tanner – Organic & Natural Sunless Tanning Lotion for Best Bronzer and Golden Tan

The tanner is made of high quality, nourishing and natural ingredients such as Shea butter, organic coconut oil, aloe vera leaf juice and Japanese green tea leaf extract that all work to give you a beautiful, natural looking tan – no radiation required. It is free of anything toxic, so everyone can enjoy the confidence that comes from knowing your skin looks amazing, even though you might have a sensitive skin.This natural tanner transforms pale or lifeless skin into an ideal level of bronze, covering any blemishes, veins, dark spots, streaks, blotches or any other form of imperfections. It protects against sunburns, early aging and skin cancer caused by the sun.

The self-tanner develops a bronze and golden tan over face, body, arms and legs when applied correctly. It has to be applied 4 to 7 days or as needed. It is perfect for everyday wear, weddings, events and more.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Is it okay to apply it on the face now that the tanner absorbs in pores?

A: The base formulation of the self tanner is an organic lotion, which is why it absorbs. If you exfoliate your face before using this tanning lotion, it will just fade over time.

Q: What shade of tan will this give?

A: The first application will give you a light tan. If you desire a darker tan, simply reapply it again the following day and so on until you reach the desired color. Once you have the color you were after, simply reapply every 4-5 days to maintain the tan.

Fake Bake Flawless

Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid combines ease of application with intense professional color development. It is applied with a professional mitt (included) in effortless gliding strokes for a perfectly even golden tan. The fast drying, fast absorbing formula is transfer resistant, so can be worn throughout the day. Formulated with Fake Bake’s exclusive triple tan formula (DHA boosted by DMI & Erythulose) for an intense tan that lasts longer.This liquid self tanner is suitable for all skin types. It is made of Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Dihydroxyacetone, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Erythrulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, tropical Fragrance, Blue 1 (C 42090), Yellow 5 (19140), Red 40 (CI 16035), Coumarin. There are no artificial preservatives or parabens added to it.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

It is best for all types of skin leaving a streak-free, natural looking bronze glow.

The tanner is easy to apply and takes only a minute to dry before dressing up. It takes about 4 to 5 hours for it to develop into a long-lasting tan.

The self tanner is infused with eco-cert approved DHA (an all natural tanning agent). There is no awful smell from it unlike some other tans. It also doesn’t slather on Orange.

Sun Self Tanning Lotion Ultra Dark Instant Tint

This hydrating, natural and protecting tanning lotion gives a bronzed look in just three hours when applied on the face and body. It protects the skin against harmful rays from the sun and prevents streaking. It is ideal for all skin types.

The tanner is made of high quality natural ingredients such as sweet almond oil, water, glycerin (vegetables), aloe vera and coconut oils. It has a nice fragrance but with no parabens included.

For best results exfoliate skin regularly with the Exfoliant Body Gel. To maintain tan apply Ultra Dark 1 to 3 times weekly in conjunction with the Tan Moisturizer Maintainer.

Body Drench Quick Tan * 3 – Pack * Instant Self-tanning Spray

This spray tan is easy to apply with the 360 degree nozzle. It produces a bronze tint for an instant sun-kissed glow. Tinted formulas make it easy to see where to apply. Natural-looking sunless tan develops in 3-5 hours. The tanning mist can be applied as often as twice a week. The tan has a cocoa vanilla scent.

Frequently asked questions

Q: I have a fair complexion, will this look too unnatural? With blonde hair and blue eyes, I want a nice tan but really don’t want to look like a Snooki.

A: No! It would look great! Spray a light mist – or spray a heavy mist – I have dark hair and blue eyes – I spray one layer and let it dry then another. Useful to all skin tones

Q: If this gets on clothing or sheets does it easily come out in the laundry? Also, if I get some on my bathroom floor, does it clean off easily?

A: Yea, it comes off so easily when washed.

Banana Boat Self-Tanning Lotion, Deep Dark Summer Color

The tanner is packaged in a case of three 6-ounce of sunless tinted lotion. It is oil free and is enriched with aloe vera and Vitamin E. It provides a streak-free tan hence promoting a golden brown glowing skin. The Self Adjusting Color formula dries off easily and lets you control the shade of your choice. The more often you apply it, the deeper your tan becomes. After achieving your desired color, you can maintain your tan with less frequent applications for a natural-looking tan.

The tan is made for deep, dark skin tone, Summer Color.  It is suitable for all skin types.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Does the color come off when sweating?

A: You must ensure it has dried up before dressing to avoid inconveniences.

Q: Can people with olive skin tone use this product?

A: Yes

Tan Physics True Color Sunless Tanner

Tan Physics True Color Sunless Tanner Fake Tan serves as a moisturizer, anti-aging and a sunless tanner.

It has been perfectly formulated to provide you with a rich and natural looking tan that will exceed even your highest expectations. Not only will it leave your skin gorgeously bronze but it is formulated with exclusive anti-aging moisturizers that hydrate, replenish, and restore your skin. It leaves no streaks, no orange and no smell.

Tan Physics contains a caramel color guide so you know where you put it and where you didn’t. Your tan should last between 4-7 days. If you want to get darker, apply more tan. No need to exfoliate again. If you like the color and want to maintain it but still are looking for daily anti-aging moisturizing, you can use our world class Tan Extender to extend your tan and rejuvenate your skin.

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Pro Perfect Salon Airbrush Self Tanning Mist

Sublime Bronze Pro Perfect Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist gives you salon perfect tanning results at home. The super-fine 360 degrees mist coats skin evenly with the wide angled jet applicator and dries instantly allowing for ultra-even application and natural-looking, streak-free results — even on the areas that are hardest to reach, like the back of your legs.  It is made with Vitamin E and gentle Alpha Hydroxyl Acid (AHA) derivative to provide a beautiful, 100% natural-looking tan and ultra-smooth skin. In order to achieve the desired tan, you have to continue using it till you can see a change.

The tan is available in medium and deep shades. For best results, one needs to wait till the skin dries before dressing up or applying makeup. Little amount of tan should be applied around ankles, knees, and elbows. If gloves were not worn prior to applying the tan, hands should be thoroughly washed to get rid of any visible tan.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What ingredients are used to make this tan, before I can consider purchasing it?

A: Water, Dimethyl Ether, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG 60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Citral, Coumarin and Fragrance.

Q: Does it stay permanent?

A: no, it fades over time.

Self Tanner + Pre Tan Exfoliator = 26.90, Instant Tint

This tanner comes with a free pre-tan Exfoliator. It is made of all natural organic ingredients, with no oily feel or orange, no parabens or artificial preservatives, and no sensitivity at all.

The Botanic Tree tanner effectively transforms the ghostly white or pale skin into a stunning golden bronze tan. The skin is left perfectly tanned and there will be no streakiness or orange appearance.

Included in the ingredients are Shea butter and nourishing fruit oils of jojoba, apricot, avocado, rosemary, grape seed, linseed, passion fruit, moringa, coconut and vanilla. The pre-tan Exfoliator features natural Crystals to slough off dead skin for a smoother, brighter texture. Essential oil hydrates as it neutralizes free radicals while natural soap will remove excess of oils and dead cells. Essential oils tone and sooth the skin while preparing the skin to lock in moisture and natural color tanning.  It has organic ingredients inclusive of blueberry, pomegranate, calendula, matricaria, Japanese green tea, lavender, lemongrass and orange.

NIVEA Sun-Kissed Radiance Medium to Dark Skin Gradual Tanner and Body Lotion

NIVEA Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin is best for medium to dark skin. It will leaves skin looking naturally tan and touchably soft. The freshly scented formula with NIVEA’s exclusive Hydra IQ technology intensively moisturizes skin and provides a more even-looking tan with less streaking. It smoothes and gradually tans your skin within 5 days.

The tanner has a fresh scent. It is inclusive of Ginkgo Extract, Grape Seed Oil, and HYDRA IQ Technology which supports skin’s own hydration network to unleash deep, non-stop moisture that lasts more than 24 hours.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Is it a bad idea to apply a moisturizing lotion on top of this after it has set in? i have a favorite lotion i like to wear?

A: No, but you will have to wait till it is completely dry. This tan is however a moisturizer on its own, so that won’t be necessary.

Q: After applying, how many minutes or hours does it take for you to see a darkening of your skin?

A: The color builds over time and so subsequent application is needed to get a darker tan.

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