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Beauty Awards: The Best Self-Tanners

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If you’re planning to wear any post-Memorial Day white this year, allow me to suggest a self-tanner:
1. BEST FOR FACEDr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads ($32 for 20) – Dr. Gross’ cult-favorite glycolic peel pads infused with self-tanner. Which means, not only does your skin look clear and smooth the next day, but a golden brown.
2. FASTEST-ACTING: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel ($34) – There’s a reason this one always makes editors’ lists. The clear, oil-free gel formula absorbs in seconds so there’s no fear of ruining your white linens or wardrobe, and the color forms in a few of hours. Bonus: works equally well on face and body.
3. BEST FOR FAIR SKIN: Fake Bake Radiant Glow Lotion in Fair ($30) – Finally! A self-tanner that promises a gradual, natural-looking glow for pale skin and actually delivers. The built-in bronzer makes it easy—and instantly gratifying—to apply.
4. BEST SCENT + SPF: Clarins Delectable Self-Tanning Mousse SPF 15 ($42) – Noticing a trend? This rich, velvety multi-tasker moisturizes and protects while imparting Clarin’s signature St. Barts glow.
5.  MOST FOOL-PROOF: Bare Escentuals Faux Tan Body Moisturizer ($18): A creamy, colorless lotion with a hint of shimmer, BE’s gradual self-tanner can stand in for your daily moisturizer without the muss and fuss of more potent products.
6. MOST TRAVEL-FRIENDLY: Sonia Kashuk Self Tanning Towelettes for Body ($10) – Neat and tidy, just like the tan each pre-wrapped towelette yields. Go for the body version as there’s enough in each towel for a head-to-toe tan, and the formula is exactly the same.



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