sun care and self tanning Beauty Myth Busters: 8 Self-Tanner Myths You Should Stop Believing Now

Get the truth about safe tanning.

May 16, 2022
Common Self Tanner Myths Debunked

If you’re craving a sun-kissed glow, using a self-tanner is the easiest — and safest  — option (since spending prolonged periods of time in the sun without SPF can lead to serious skin damage). Still, when it comes to self-tanner, you might have some preconceived notions about the product — maybe you think it’ll make you look orange or that your tan will come out streaky. 


Those things aren’t necessarily true, though. There are a lot of self-tanner myths out there, just like the aforementioned ones, and we’re debunking them today. Want a golden glow? Get the low-down on eight common self-tanner myths you need to stop believing now.


Myth 1. Self-Tanner Formulas Are One-Size Fits All

It’s a common misconception that all self-tanners are the same when they’re really not. You have to make it a point to find one that best suits your needs. Self-tanners come in an array of forms, such as foams, serums, self-tanning mists, lotions, self-tanning towelettes, and mousse formulas, just to name a few. Put in the time by doing some research to find a formula that you feel most comfortable using and that fits your situation. Need a place to start? Here are a few of our favorites.


If you prefer a transfer-proof formula, try a self-tanning mousse, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse.

If you want to tan your face and neck, try a self-tanning mist, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist.

If you like gradual self-tanners, try a self-tanning serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Drops.

If you love spray tans, try a self-tanning spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist.

If you need to tan on the go, try self-tanning towelettes, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Towelettes for Body.