Top Picks: Self Tanners


Ever since I had a mole scare several years ago, I limit my time in the sun and diligently slather on the SPF. With so much sun protection, it can be challenging to develop a nice, bronzed tan. Luckily, self tanners have become my color saving grace-- taking my pasty winter legs to a natural-looking tan. Herr's a few of my favorite self tanners, plus a newbie budget-friendly option.

1. Hawaiian Tropic Island Radiance Creme Lotion Self Tanner, $10.99
I was browsing around looking for a budget-friendly self tanner and this one popped up. I had no clue Hawaiian Tropic makes a tanner! In a creamy formula, I hope this one smells as good as their sunscreen line.

2. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $32 for 4 oz.
My absolute favorite self tanner I have ever used. The mousse formula makes for a consistent  even coverage, leaving no streaks, and the color is the most natural-looking I have used, although not very dark. I apply this with the St. Tropez tanning mitt to keep coverage even... and my hands tanner free!

3. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Gel, $35 for 5 oz.
When I'm wanting a deeper tan, I'll reach for the bronzing gel. Again, with St. Tropez I get a good natural-looking tan, without the streaks. Really loving their formulas!

4. Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tan Mousse, $54 for 4.22 oz.
I received this tanning mousse in the Lucky FABB gift bag and tried it last weekend. I have to say, would drive a wedge in my love for St. Tropez but it's a bit pricey for me. The color develops quickly,  there is no odor, it applies smoothly and even includes organic botanical extracts. If the price tag doesn't scare you away and you are wanting a tanner that lasts and is quality, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.

5. Tan Towel, $24 for 5 towelettes
I like Tan Towels because they are quick and easy, I mean, it's tanner on a wipe! The color payoff is good, however I feel you get more bang for your buck with a mousse/cream/gel in terms of applications. 

6. Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Moisturizer, $9.99
I haven't used this for a couple of years as I had stocked up on mark.'s glowing moisturizer but as soon as I run out, I will be picking up this again. I use this as a daily moisturizer on top of my tanner to prolong the length of my tan. I think Jergens works especially great on those with fair skin, giving a subtle, natural glow that doesn't come out orange-y or unnaturally dark on lighter skin tones. 

Do you have a favorite self tanner or are there any you would especially like to try?

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