Warm, beachside days may seem light-years away as winter drudges slowly on. In the dead of the cold-weather season, self-tanners and their promise of glowing, sun-kissed skin become all the more alluring. If you’d rather spend the rest of winter delicately bronzed instead of pale (or, even worse, bright orange), these are the best of the self-tanning bunch this season.
When it comes to self-tanners, Jergens is one of the best brands for your bucks. And since the color supposedly lasts two times longer than that of other self-tanners, the surprisingly reasonable amount you spend stretches even further.
TotalBeauty.com dubbed this spray-on self-tanner their "best for a full-body tan," giving it high marks for its even-flow nozzle that works at all angles, letting you reach every nook and cranny. The tinted spray allows you to see exactly where it's been applied, ensuring smooth, even coverage.
This self-tanning spray mist gets high marks from Harpers Bazaar for its natural look and low cost, delivering the same results as pricier products. For a hands-free application that delivers smooth, even coverage, this one is hard to beat.
Celebrated by consumers on Sephora.com and Amazon.com, as well as by women’s publications like Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine, Clarins offers a fast-absorbing gel that produces a more golden skin tone.
The main benefit of putting on this facial moisturizer is that it works to counteract several signs of aging, including uneven skin tone, large pores, age spots, and fine lines. Its color-enhancing properties are an added benefit.
This self-tanner in mousse form gets accolades from TotalBeauty.com, Harpers Bazaar, and consumers on Ulta.com, who have dubbed it the "best self-tanner ever." Used with the included application mitt, the lightweight mousse spreads more evenly than lotions and because it's tinted, you'll be able to see any missed spots right away.