With the pandemic still upon us, the only safe way to tan is with self-tanners. And while we’ve written about lots of sun-care products before — from the best natural sunscreens to the best sunscreen for babies and kids — here, we’ve rounded up the best self-tanners, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Almost 11,000 reviewers give this self-tanner five stars, and over 1,000 of them rave about the natural ingredients and the natural-looking glow. A holistic esthetician says, “I love that they use real, organic ingredients and that I can feel confident recommending it to my clients (which I absolutely do). Aside from the ingredients being the best, the color I get is incredible, and I love that it’s buildable if you want to get a darker tan.” Another reviewer confirms the quality results, writing, “The bronze color is very natural looking. I am very fair, and it looks really good. I actually look naturally tan with this stuff.” Another person, who was diagnosed with lupus and needs “to use natural products” loves this self-tanner because “it maintains my tan while making my skin feel moisturized and allows it to fade in a more natural way. I highly recommend it for anyone that wants a chemical-free product.”
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“Natural glow” is how many are describing their tan after using this lotion. “Self tanners can be risky when you’re super fair skinned, but this stuff is perfect for me. Rarely get lines or streaks (usually my own fault for sloppy application) and it gives a great, natural glow,” writes one reviewer, who swears, “Will use this over and over — if they discontinue, I’ll cry. Literally.” Many gravitate towards the natural formula, saying it’s tough to find a self-tanner that isn’t loaded with chemicals, especially for those with sensitive skin. One reviewer sums it all up, writing, “Quick toasty color that deepened with repeated use. Zero orange tones. Blended beautifully and was easily absorbed — no streaks or crease marks. Gentle on my sensitive skin … And the cost was phenomenal, given that so many tanners are in the $30 to $50 range.”
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Over 10,000 reviewers gave this self-tanner five stars because, as one explains, “it goes on evenly and sinks into the skin quickly. It also doesn’t rub off on clothes, sheets, upholstery like other sunless tanners.” Others say it’s very easy to apply, including one who claims they’ll be wearing it all summer long: “It really works, looks natural, and lasts if you read and follow the directions.” Another reviewer who explicitly “does not tan,” uses the “idiot-proof” Fake Bake to gain a light, summer glow and says, “I’d argue that, when used properly, this is the best sunless tanner. The color guard in combination with the mitt makes sure I get every single square inch of my body, no streaks. It dried in minutes, and I was able to dress quickly. The liquid develops into a wonderful brown (not orange) color, and it was even and believable.” A few customers didn’t love the mitt for application, saying it was a bit awkward to use, but one reviewer, who says she’s so pale her stomach “just blinds people,” found the mitt helpful. “It helps me get an even, streak and blotch free application,” she says. This is the lowest maintenance sunless tanner I’ve ever used. It doesn’t feel like a chore.”