Self-tanners to Make Summer Last into Fall
Summer skin is all about gentle exfoliation and hydrating masks, damage defense SPF and the perfect healthy glow. Since you and your tweens/teens have worked hard getting your sun-kissed look just so, or you just lucked out running after little ones at the beach or poolside, we’ve got the best ways to let it linger long after you’ve switched out your bikini for that statement denim jacket. Here, the top five must-have self-tanners that go beyond the drug store shelf and make summer last into fall that are super easy to apply and will take your bronzed self from lazy summer days to harvest moon nights.
100 percent Aussie and vegan friendly, this brand’s special formula is not a self-tanner per se but lets you tan faster (if you must) so there’s less time spent in the sun. They also pack their product (sets starting at $29.95) with skinfoody ingredients–those you could almost eat!–that nourish your skin while you tan like sweet almond oil, cacao butter, jojoba oil, carrot root extract, aloe vera leaf juice, caffeine, shea butter and rose flower water! So yum on your skin and the lingering tan it leaves.
Also from our fashion-forward friends down-under, there are two must-have products on this page that we absolutely can’t get enough of: The Bronzing Lotion ($25.95) for just a “hint of tint” and the Shimmering Body Oil ($29.95) that is super nourishing and dusts your skin with just a bit of bronze and gold shimmer. Seriously sun-kissed!
This super fab company was started by a woman who survived skin cancer–still wanting that hot summer glow but wanting to get it safely, meaning minus harmful UVs. So she started her lines based on the “essence of island inspired bronzing” and we, and btw tons of celebrities, makeup artists and the world’s finests resorts, are glad she did. Our faves? Tahitian Glow Self Tanner ($24), Tahitian Tan Extender ($22) and Tahitian Tan Mist ($28)–all with copper and caffeine (among other amazing ingredients) to tighten and firm skin.
The Coconut Milk + Verbena Self Tanner ($30) gives an absolutely amazing glow and is so low-key you can use it daily to add just a subtle bit more as you go. Plus it’s formula, complete with goji berry, pomegranate extract, shea and mango butters, kigelia African Fruit, seaweed and coffee arabica extracts, is all-over good for your skin with moisturizing and firming agents too boot!
This is essentially self-tanning for dummies–and we are all in! The BB Body Glow ($24) is a daily moisturizer with a tint that’s meant to build on itself to keep your glow steady and natural and can be fine tuned to the shade you are looking for depending on your application. There are also the Face Tan Towelettes ($30 for a pack of 15) that let exfoliate, moisturize and tan and the Body Tan Towelettes ($29 for 5) that come in full body or half (best for arms and legs) and three different formulas–Classic, Plus and Dark–depending on the tan you are looking to take on.