Get out of that sticky spray booth! These DIY tanners are the new gold standard.
We’re the third rock from the sun, and we want our skin to look it—without the damage, of course. Before you book an awkward spray tan with a stranger, check out these more innovative ways to catch a DIY beautiful golden tan this summer. JESSICA VELEZ
SLOW AND STEADY
If your natural skintone is particularly fair, then you might want to ease into the bronze age. First Aid Beauty’s new Slow Glow Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturizer lets you build your tone with up to three to four days of continuous use. Your patience pays off, because not only will you be glowing from head to toe (you can use it on your face, too!) but your skin will also be nourished with coconut oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera.
When you’re on a long vacation, you want to keep your bag light. The problem? Most tanning routines include exfoliating with a body scrub, rubbing on tanning lotion, and then finishing with moisturizer. So your road-trip tote has more room for snacks, tarte has combined all three steps in one. Its revamped Brazilliance formula rubs away dead skin cells while simultaneously warming up your complexion and softening skin. Plus, it comes with a handy mitt for seamless application.
OIL TANNED UP
Fans of Josie Maran’s argan oil line will love every last drop of her new Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil. She’s also cracked open a few coconuts and blended its water into the mix so it’s extra hydrating. To make this oft-uncomfortable tanning experience of touch more pleasurable, the oil comes accompanied with an extra-plush black mitt that will never looked stained from prior uses.
Last minute pool-party invite? Instantly spray on a healthy-looking glow with SEPHORA COLLECTION Tinted Self-Tanning Mist. There’s no 12-hour waiting period—just spray, slip into your bathing suit, and go.
We’re not talking about the water temperature. St. Tropez has an in-shower tanner that you rub on, let sit for a few minutes, and wash off. Yes, it’s a miracle. No, we’re not kidding. Love that stranded-on-an-isle look? Go for the In-Shower Tanner’s latest formula, which has deepened to a more medium-tone tan than the original version. And for those that shower at night, sleep soundly knowing it won’t stain even stark-white sheets.