Find the Best Self-Tanning Products for Your Complexion

Before we go any further and talk about all the different ways you can achieve a more tanned look at home, let’s make something clear: Self-tanners are not sunscreen. Most of them don’t contain any SPF, unless it’s clearly stated on the packaging. Slathering yourself in a luxurious self-tanning lotion is all well and good, but every time you go out and expose your skin to sunlight, you need to wear actual sunblock—that’s the only way you can prevent both skin cancer and premature wrinkles caused by sun exposure. It’s simple, really—the health of your skin always comes first.

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How To Apply Fake Tan

 First rule of fake tanning? Exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation. We really can’t stress this one enough. It certainly doesn’t mean that you should scrub your body raw, but removing dead skin before using any tanning product is generally the best way to prevent uneven application and dark spots. Try the Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask—it’s suitable for both face and body and works like magic.

 When your skin is clean and exfoliated, take care to moisturize the areas that usually get dry. Your tanning cream or lotion will apply differently on dry and moisturized skin, which could result in a patchy look. We love Vaseline Cocoa Radiant body lotion because it hydrates even the driest skin while leaving behind a lovely aroma. Any sunless tanning lotion you might pick (for instance our favorite Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Body Skin Care) will then go on beautifully and without uneven results.

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Fake Tan for Pale Skin? Less Is More

 Yes, we know it can be extraordinarily tempting to pretty much paint your body brown when you’re naturally fair skinned and summer comes along. But going overboard with fake tan never brings positive results, and any mistakes will be even more visible on pale skin. Instead, start with a nice light tinted lotion or cream. AVON Sun Self Tan Tinted Hydrating Milk With Beta Carotene is a fantastic product, regardless of whether you apply one coat or carefully layer it to achieve a darker shade.

We also recommend products that give you a fake tan over the course of several hours. Xen-Tan in particular is excellent at achieving an authentic look with your fake tan. Try the Xen-Tan Premium Sunless Tan in Light/Medium and you’ll see just how naturally bronze your body will look. If your skin is fair, chances are it will also be quite sensitive, which of course is another concern when it comes to choosing the right skin and body care. To stay on the safe side, trust the widely popular French pharmacy brands and go for something like Bioderma Photoderm Autobronzant Moisturising Foaming Spray specially designed for those with sensitive skin. A self-tanning spray will generally be a good way to achieve a flawless finish. And most of all, don’t forget to use a light touch when applying any tanning products. You can always go darker, but removing a layer of fake tan to make it lighter is practically impossible.

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Self-Tanners for Your Face

 The best fake tan to use on your face tends to be the one that corresponds to your usual line of skin care. This means that if you generally use products for mature skin, your facial tanning cream should definitely be moisturizing and nourishing, not something that will create a matte finish. Stay away from a powder bronzer and instead pick up a luxurious creamy product such as Lancôme Flash Bronzer Night-Sun. This lotion has moisturizing properties and boasts a special formula that promises no transfer of color to your clothing or other surfaces.

 Surprisingly enough, however, there can be something even better. Don’t believe us? Then take a look at Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. These very special bronzing drops can be added to any moisturizer, turning it into your own customized tanner for face (or body, for that matter). It doesn’t matter whether you use them with your day or night cream; these drops will give you a gorgeous gradual tan with a subtle effect that can be very easily intensified.

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