Now that we’re in the dog days of Winter, lots of sun worshipers have turned as pale as they’re gonna get. That’s why Bronzers and Self Tanning beauty products are more popular in the off-beach months. Still, there’s no reason why women (and more men) can’t look like they just came back from a week or so of a tropical vacation. Here are the best bronzers and self tanning products out there right now. Is it Summer yet?
Loving Tan 2 Hour Express
The product which gives the darkest look on this list, like its name implies, this tanner dries more quickly than other bronzers. That’s still about 2 hours, so don’t expect to spray and go…
Clinique Tinted Lotion
The brand that started it all is still the go-to bronzer and self tanner most beauty product shoppers look for. It’s fairly dark, applies like a cream, dries quickly and there’s no aroma whatsoever.
Fake Bake Flawless
Definitely the discount brand on this list, it’s a bronzer/self tanner priced for the masses. But, it applies evenly and dries quickly. Quality may be off a bit, but, hey, it works…
Dior Bronzing Creme
The most recognizable name on the list, this bronzer/self tanner appeals to a wide range of users. It’s a cream, applies evenly, dries quickly and produces a fairly dark skin tone.
Tanceuticals Self Tanning Lotion
There’s always one beauty product on a list going for that ‘clinical’ reputation. That explains this product’s scientific sounding name. But the results are pretty much the same. Applies smoothly, dries quickly and evenly and produces a rich tone. So much for science…
Vita Liberata Untinted Self Tan Gel
This self tanner comes out as a gel, so the application is a bit different. The label recommends using gloves! But, it dries quickly. The one downside is it’s intended for a very light tan, so don’t expect to look like you’ve been out in the sun for a month.
St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse
Because it’s a bronzer, drying time is just 15 minutes. And the tint out of the tube helps to get that evenly applied look. Easily the most popular and famous brand.
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam
This brand is Australian and only recently came on the US market, creating lots of buzz and demand. The early consensus: The aroma is to die for! So put another shrimp on the barbie!
Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
The most ‘moist’ bronzer/tanner on the list, it’s also the most expensive. You get what you pay for, even if you have to wait for the formula to dry a bit longer than others. 2 hours and you’re good to go!