The Best Sunless Tanning Products for That Perfect Summer Glow

Nothing says summer quite like a gorgeous tan, but, as you know, lying out in the sun is healthy for your skin. Sunless tanning at home is a much healthier and a safer option.

The current crop of sunless tanning products is nearly revolutionary, and you can truly get a gorgeous glow at home without shelling out the cash for a pricey spray tan.

Whether you're looking for an all-over bronze or a tan complexion, we've handpicked our favorite sunless tanners on the market.

James Read Self Tan Instant Bronzing Mist: $38

No one will ever know the you faked your glow with James Read's Instant Bronzing Mist. The bronzer is quick-drying and infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to moisturize and protect your skin. It's safe and subtle enough to apply daily, ensuring that your sun-kissed glow sticks around for a while.

James Read Sunless Tanner

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Kai Body Buffer: $40

The secret to the perfect fake tan is the right prep. Exfoliating is a crucial part of your sunless tanning process because it sloughs away dead skin cells and dry patches which sunless tanner tends to adhere to, giving your those darker spots around your knees and elbows. The Kai body buffer is a sponge and product all in one and is great for exfoliating the skin prior to applying your tanning products.

kai body buffer

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Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil: $46

If a healthy fake tan is your thing, then you have to try Coola's Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil. With 70%+ organic ingredients, Coola delivers a natural-looking radiance that lasts up to three days. This fast-drying, streak-free, transfer-free formula is enriched with plant oils and soothing extracts that leave your skin soft and hydrate… and bronzed. It's also infused with a natural tropical scent to cancel out that self-tan smell.

Cool Sunless Tanning Dry Body Oil

(via Revolve)

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water: $28

Yep, self-tanning water is totally a thing now thanks to Isle of Paradise's cult fave clear sunless tanner with color-correcting actives and either a peach (light), green (medium), or violet (dark) base for a natural-looking, bronzed glow with no streaks, smells, or orange tones. This sunless tanner couldn't be easier to use.

Isle of Paradise Sunless Tanning Water

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Beauty by Earth Sunless Tanning Lotion: $28

Beauty by Earth is one of the best-selling sunless tanning lotions on Amazon and has over 300 reviews to peruse. The formula is full of natural and organic ingredients, and you have control over how bronze you want to go.

Beauty by Earth Amazon

(via Amazon)

Kate Somerville Face and Body Tanning Towelettes: $48

Don't let your body get all the glow. Having a healthy-looking bronze on your face can be a total game changer, and we're obsessed with Kate Somerville's face and body tanning towelettes. We recommend using these mainly for your face as they can be pretty pricey.

Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes

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Tan Luxe Illuminating Self Tan Drops: $49

Another great option for a facial glow is Tan Luxe Illuminating Self Tan Drops. This is a tanning concentrate that transforms any moisturizer, serum or face oil into a custom self-tanner. Pretty cool right? Just add a few drops of this to your favorite nighttime moisturizer and get tanner while you sleep.

Tan Luxe Self Tanning Drops

(via Sephora)


Now that you've got the products, HERE is how you prep for your first spray tan.