With new self-tanning products on the market each year, it’s easier than ever to get a natural bronzed glow without baking in the sun. Since I live in LA and spend much of my time at the beach (slathered with lots of sunscreen), I like to make sure my body is evenly tanned for the summer season. I've tested out countless self tanners over the years and these are my favorite options for a long-lasting summer bronze that’s safe and effective.
Two of these products, Vita Liberata and NKD, I’ve already mentioned in previous articles but they’re still my sunless staples. I've added Mine Tan and Coola as new faves so read below for my sunless tanning picks that smell great and give you the streak-free tan of a bronzed goddess!
The Coconut Foam 1 Hour Express Tan from MineTan is the first product on the market formulated with coconut water. YAY! That means extra hydration with an amazing coconut fragrance. I love the personalized concept of the company as well; the bottle arrived with my name on it, "Melissa's Tan." The weightless foam absorbs quickly and is a rapid tan, delivering a bronzed glow after just 60 minutes. The longer you leave on the product before showering, the darker the tan. Supercharged with antioxidants and essential fatty acids found in coconut, this hydrating tanner is great for dry skin. MineTan gets my overall pick for scent, and an extra star for the fun personalized bottles.
It can be challenging to find a self-tanner for the face that doesn't leave brown spots and streaks, so I was thrilled to find this great product by one of my favorite brands known for their amazing sunscreens. The COOLA face serum has a very pleasant light, tropical scent and doesn’t clog your pores. It's also eco-certified, non-GMO, and formulated with 70% organic ingredients. With a blend of argan oil, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and plant stem cell cultures, this potent serum is a great solution for uneven skin tone, dryness, and loss of elasticity. The antioxidant-rich blend leaves your skin smooth, hydrated and glowing, with a gradual tan that lasts up to three days. Plus, it can be used alone or mixed with your everyday face moisturizer.
This self tanning product by NKD SKN is a game changer when it comes to achieving a subtle, gradual tan. The Pre-Shower Tan goes on like a white moisturizing cream and has an Odour Remove™ technology. Simply apply the cream to your face and body, wait 10 minutes for the tan to absorb, then shower. The self-tan actives develop gradually over 4-8 hours and the color can be deepened with regular application. Expect a lovely bronze glow that is even and streak-free without stained clothing and sheets!
For people looking for a natural option, this is the most organic self-tanning product on the market. Non-toxic and free from parabens, alcohol and perfumes, the pHenomenal 2-3 week tanning mousse is simply one of my favorite products. It also lasts much longer than other self tanners and has an odor remove technology for a no self-tan smell. All of Vita Liberata's products also contain a moisture locking system so the skin never feels dry when using them. A rapid self tanner, this mousse is easy to apply and creates a sheer beautiful glow on the skin.
This odorless face serum feels great on the skin and has incredible anti-aging ingredients that help your skin produce more collagen. Vita Liberata's Self Tanning Anti Aging Serum is made with rosehip oil, a great addition to your everyday face moisturizer. Just a couple drops and your on your way to a gorgeous bronzed glow!
Looking to try a new self-tanner for the most natural bronzed glow? Shop my picks below!