If you are looking for an instant glow without being in the sun and without going to the tanning salon, there are many options available for tanning at home.
When researching for which sunless tanning products work the best, we found five that have gotten rave reviews from various consumer websites. We tried to choose a range of product types, including gels, lotions, foams and even towelettes people can use to tan at home.
Before using any of these products, the most important advice we can give is to exfoliate. All of these products work best on clean, smooth skin.
Neutrogena Build-a-Tan – $12.00 for a 6.7 ounce bottle – This is one self tanning product that has been praised by users. One of the latest trends in sunless tanners are moisturizing lotions with a hint of color that are used daily and build up a tan over a few days. With this Build-a-Tan pumping lotion, users can dictate how tan they want to be with how often they use it. Neutrogena claims that this lotion is clinically proven to provide natural-looking, even color within two to four hours. The lotion dries in five minutes and comes in a variety of shades and sizes.
Coppertone Endless Summer Foam – $15.99/3.7 ounces – Coppertone is one of the first brands that comes to mind when thinking of protection from UB rays. However, this trusted brand has also developed a line of self tanners. The Coppertone Endless Summer Tanning Foam differs from other lotions in that it is an ultra-light, fast-drying sunless tanner that is claimed to provide beautiful color in 30 minutes. The quick drying of the foam is a real bonus for users, as if impatient people (as we often are) put clothes on too fast, streaks could result. A quicker drying formula is perfect to get a perfect tan. This tanning at home foam comes in several formulas for various skin types.
L’Oreal Sublime Bronze – $9- 5 ounces – This is a new gel from L’Oreal! Now that tan is in, cosmetic companies are launching sunless tanners, too. The latest innovation from the L’Oreal Labs is this Sublime Bronze, which contains Vitamin E and gentle AHA- a chemical that changes skin color. The gel is lightweight and dries fast. The Vitamin E leaves the skin soft and smooth. Users report that the color is smooth and even and skin feels great after using.
Estee Lauder Go-Tan Sunless Towelettes – $28- pack of 10 – Imagine getting invited to a last minute dinner date after work. You have no time to go home and change. You check yourself in the mirror and think your arms are a little pasty. Then a co-worker swipes a moist towelette out of her tiny purse. You think it’s a wet wipe leftover from wing night, but you take a closer look. “That will give me a tan,” you exclaim. Estee Lauder has introduced a sunless tanning method that is free of any lotion, cream or anything you must squeeze from a bottle, and instead has put a tanning solution inside moist towelettes that seem to offer an even, streak-free tan. These are a little pricier than other sunless tanners available, but the convenience factor coupled with the upscale name explain that cost.
Banana Boat Summer Color Sunless Tanning Lotion – $7.95 4 ounces – Like Coppertone, Banana Boat is a name we often associate with sunburn protection. But, this company also has a line of sunless tanning products perfect for tanning at home.
Banana Boat’s Sunless Tanning Lotion comes in several tinted shades and allows users to create as much color as they wish.