Get Glowing: The Best Self-Tanners

You’ll soon be making the wardrobe switch from sweaters and jeans to shorts and sleeveless tops.

We sought out to find the best self-tanners to transform your ghostly face and milky white limbs into bronze beauties. From mousses to towelettes, these products suit just about anyone’s desperate need for a little color before summer officially arrives.



self-tanner-kiehlsKiehl’s Sun-Free Self-Tanning Formula for Face and BodyWe love the moisturizing power of Kiehl’s products, and this one does just that while adding a natural glow to your skin. Suggested by one of our staff members, this has got to be the best smelling self-tanner we’ve ever used. Our only warning is to wash your hands immediately after applying to avoid stained palms. The color should start developing an hour after you apply it, leaving you with gently sun-kissed skin. $22.50, Nordstrom 

bareMinerals Faux Tan Face

This new product is intended for your face and décolleté, making it a great year-round solution for the lack of sun and warmth in the chilly Midwest. The cream comes out of the tube in an easy-to-see amber color for even application. It also dries quickly, so you can apply your makeup soon after using it. $24, Ulta



St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Paired with St. Tropez’s Tan Applicator Mitt, this is our favorite full-body product. The mousse is super light and long-lasting, and the mitt prevents any streaks and stains on your hands. The scent isn’t overpowering, plus it’s infused with soothing aloe vera. The only caveat is you have to wait four hours to shower after you apply—so it might be an ideal project for a weekend morning. $32 for a 4 oz. bottle, Sephora



Suggested by our web editor, Tantowels ingeniously combine exfoliation and tanning into one product. While it’s simple to apply, we had to use a couple of towels to get the job done from head to toe and didn’t love the smell. Since each towel is wrapped individually, this product is ideal for traveling, providing a healthy glow before you event get to the beach. $24 for a full body (9″ x 12″ each) 5-pack, Sephora



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