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The Best Self-Tanner for Every Situation

Sun Care & Self-Tanning

The Best Self-Tanner for Every Situation The Best Self-Tanner for Every Situation The Best Self-Tanner for Every Situation

Let’s talk about self-tanner. Using a self-tanner can help you get bronzed, glowing color without stepping foot outside. But choosing which self-tanner to use can be a difficult decision. The thing is, different self-tanners not only serve different purposes but are right for different occasions. Instead of selecting one on a whim, follow this guide for finding the best self-tanner for every situation you’ll find yourself in and the L’Oreal Paris products we recommend.

The Best Self-Tanner for…Fall or Winter

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't rock a beautiful, bronzed glow the rest of the year. Look for a self-tanner in a deep, dark shade that will give the impression you’ve been spending time in the sun (even if you've been cooped up under sweaters). The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion Deep Natural Tan has an advanced skin-smoothing formula with AHAs and vitamin E for a perfect, streak-free tan. This transfer- and water-resistant self-tanner creates an instant bronze tint as your flawless, 100 percent natural-looking sunless tan develops. No one will be the wiser that your legs have been in hibernation!

How to use it: After cleansing and exfoliating your skin, apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas. Spread the tanning lotion all over your body, using sparingly on your ankles, knees, and elbows. Wash your hands after use and allow your skin to dry before putting on makeup or clothes. Use daily until you’ve reached your desired tan, then use 1-2 times each week to maintain your color.

The Best Self-Tanner for…on the Go

Do you really want to apply a self-tanning lotion when you’re in a rush? That could very well end in a mess. For those perpetually on the move, it’s a good idea to stick with self-tanning towelettes or wipes, which can help keep the mess to a minimum. We love the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Towelettes for Body; the convenient single-use wipes are perfect for travel or using at the beach. The unique self-tanning formula applies easily and dries quickly for a smooth, natural-looking tan.

How to use it: Cleanse and exfoliate your skin, then smooth a towelette over your body. Use it sparingly around your ankles, knees, and elbows. Wash your hands after use and allow your skin to dry before putting on makeup or clothes. Use daily until you’ve reached your desired tan, then use 1-2 times each week to maintain your color.

The Best Self-Tanner for…a Warm-Weather Vacation

There’s never a bad time to treat yourself to a sunless tan—vacation included. Anytime you’re getting ready to jet out on a holiday—especially to a warm or tropical climate—consider adding a self-tanner to your pre-vacation checklist. When picking a self-tanner for your trip (staycations count too!), why not try a different texture? Instead of sticking with the lotions and creams you’re used to, grab the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum. This quick-dry, streak-free product offers long-lasting color and can be used on both your body and your face.

How to use it: Pump the serum directly into the palms of your hands and spread evenly over your face. Wash your hands once you’ve finished and be sure to allow skin to dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes. Use daily for three consecutive days to achieve a lasting fake tan.

The Best Self-Tanner for…Tanning Alone

If you’ve ever struggled to tan those hard to reach spots, you know it’s helpful to have a friend on hand. After all, what are friends for if not helping to apply self-tanner to the center of your back? When you don’t have a helping hand nearby, self-tanning can be trickier. Your best bet for being able to tan your entire body—without contorting yourself into crazy positions—is to use a spray formula. Spraying on your self-tanner requires less flexibility, making it perfect for friendless occasions. The L’Oréal Paris Subline Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist Medium Natural Tan has a 360° wide angle jet applicator that provides continuous coverage for a natural-looking tan. The super-fine mist applies evenly and dries quickly with no need to rub in—making it easy to tan totally solo.

How to use it: After cleansing and exfoliating your skin, apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry areas. Spray the mist slowly and continuously at arm’s length without rubbing it in. Let your skin dry completely before putting on makeup or clothes. Use daily until you’ve reached your desired tan, then use 1-2 times each week to maintain your color.

Now that you know how to choose the best self-tanner for your situation, check out our article, 6 Self-Tanner Hacks to Help You Get a Golden Glow.