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The 5 Best Self-Tanners for Every Part of Your Body

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June 01, 2022

We’ll let you in on a little faux tanning secret: The trick to a seamless, natural and glowy self-tan all starts with the right products suited for different parts of the body. From the face to the decolletage to hard to reach areas, you want to make sure you’ve got it fully covered — literally.

Because these different areas have different shapes and skin textures, it’s important to pick a user-friendly self-tanning formula for each to help avoid tanning mistakes or a blotchy finish. Anyone who’s made the mistake of not doing this can attest that it absolutely matters. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best L’Oréal Paris tanning options for every part of the body to perfect your at-home glow.

Best Self-Tanner For Face: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Drops, Fragrance Free and L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist, Vitamin E

Make no mistake, you should avoid using non-comedogenic self-tanners on the face that aren’t face-friendly. Instead, opt for fragrance-free facial drops, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Drops, that can be mixed into your moisturizer for a radiant glow. The drops also contain hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration, as well. Add five to seven drops to a dime-size amount of your day time moisturizer for a sun-kissed glow, or apply before bed — so you can actually say, “I woke up like this.”

Another great option for the face is a self-tanning mist, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist, Vitamin E. This illuminating, water-based formula contains vitamin E to hydrate the skin for a bronzed, healthy-looking complexion. To use, spray the mist onto a cotton pad and sweep over the face, avoiding the eyes, lips, and hairline.

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Best Self-Tanner For Hard to Reach Areas: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Towelettes for Body 

A faux-tan is most noticeable on areas like the back, by the under arms or behind the legs because — well — these places are tough to reach. Make your application smooth, seamless and easy by using these tanning towelettes on these areas. They contain vitamin E and gentle alpha hydroxy acids to lightly exfoliate your skin, leaving it soft and glowy. 

Best Self-Tanner For Hands and Feet: L’Oréal Paris Tinted Self- Tanning Lotion

The hands and feet can often highlight tanning mistakes simply because there are a lot of creases and crevices that can be easily missed. A tanning lotion like this tinted option will actually mitigate this because it’s incredibly easy to apply. 

Simply pump it out onto the top of each hand and foot and thoroughly massage until absorbed. After completely set, wash your hands to help get rid of excess product. We love this one also because it has a slight shimmer and it’s streak-free.

Best Self-Tanner For Everywhere Else: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse 

For just about anywhere on the body — except on the face — this mousse is a must-try. Simply pump out the lightweight formula onto a mitt and gently rub it onto all areas of your skin for a completely even sun-kissed finish. You can’t go wrong with this tanning mousse, which is easy to use and gives a long-lasting, natural-looking tan that develops in just hours. Just make sure to wait four to eight before showering so that the color can fully set. 

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Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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