Team LC's review of the best self-tanners via laurenconrad.com

Here at Team LC we take our skincare routines pretty seriously. We’ve traded in sun damage for higher SPF especially now that we’re arrived at the hot summer months. We can’t stress enough the importance of protecting our hair and skin from harmful UV rays. After all, premature aging and skin cancer are just a few scary side effects that come from sunbathing. That being said, we understand the want for a gorgeous summer tan straight out of paradise without the risk. What if we told you that you can get a natural, glowing tan without the damaging rays from the sun? Well ladies, it’s true!

Sunless self-tanners are a healthy way to achieve a tan all year long without doing harm to your skin. With the right products and a few spare minutes out of your day, you can look just as sun-kissed as you would after a relaxing vacation by the beach. If you’ve been considering self-tanners but don’t know where to start or which products to use, keep scrolling. From spray tan 101 to the best lotions and mousse, these sunless tanning options will have you glowing all summer…

Spray Tan

If you’ve never had one before, spray tans are a great way to get instant color before sliding on your swimsuit or heading out on vacation. With spray tans you can opt to be sprayed by a machine or air brushed by a professional. Either way, be sure to shave and exfoliate before you get a spray tan and moisturize afterward. The longer you leave on your spray tan without showering it off, the darker the color will appear. After you’ve left it on for a few hours, shower and moisturize your skin. If this is your first time, we recommend speaking with a tanning salon associate to determine the best color for your skin tone!

The downside to spray tans is that they don’t last as long as a natural tan would. Most spray tans last about a week, depending on how often you shower or submerge yourself in water. Be sure to keep your skin nice and moisturized, otherwise your spray tan can appear flaky after a few days. There’s nothing worse than a botched spray tan, so be sure to read these tips if you find yourself in a beauty faux pas.

Towelettes

One of our favorite summer beauty products has to be tanning towelettes. Thanks to Kate Somerville’s Somerville 360° Tanning Towelettes, our self-tanning routines have been revolutionized. These towelettes are safe to use on your entire body and wipe on completely clear. They hydrate your skin while producing a sun kissed tan with your natural skin tone. One wipe works from head to toe and it takes a few hours to see results. These towelettes do not double as SPF, so be sure to coat on the sunblock! The only downside to these tanning towelettes is that you can’t tell if you missed a spot until the color starts showing up, so be sure to wipe thoroughly.

Lotion

Similar to the tanning towelettes above, most self-tanning lotions rub in completely colorless and produce a natural tan after a few hours. Most formulas have switched to being dye-free, but some self-tanning lotions still have a caramel color to help darken your tan. We recommend testing out an even layer over your entire body to see just how tan it makes your skin. If you feel like want to go darker, wait a day or two and layer another coat on. Unlike spray tans, self-tanning lotions fade at an even pace without leaving you splotchy. The only downside is that like the tanning towelettes, you might not notice that you missed a spot until the color has set in. These lotions also produce a self-tanning scent after a few hours, letting you know that it’s time to shower it off.

Mousse

Last but not least we have self-tanning mousse. Tanning mousse is lightweight and lets you build a gradual, natural looking tan. Most tanning mousse should be applied with a self-tanning mitt so that you can give your skin a nice, even coat without leaving streaks. Plus, it will protect your hands from unwanted color. Leave your self-tanning mousse on for one to two hours for medium color, and up to three hours for a deeper tan. A little self-tanning mousse goes a long way, so be sure to ease up on areas like your ankles, wrists, knees and elbows.

Have you tried any self-tanning products? If so, which ones were your favorites and why?

Let us know your thoughts on sunless tanning below!

XO Team LC

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