Best Self-Tanners: Natural Sunless Fake Tan

Protect your skin from sun damage and gain a healthy looking glow by using one of the best sun tanners available

Self-tanners have been a hit or miss with most people. In some cases you end up looking unnaturally tanned (orange), other times there are streaks that look strange.

Not to worry, we reviewed and hand picked our 10 best self-tanners that you can safely use at home that make your skin glow naturally as if you’ve just been in the sun.

10. Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water

With over 4500 positive reviews, you can’t really go wrong with Isle of Paradise’s self-tanning water.

Buyers can choose between the tan tone they are looking for, whether that’s a light medium, or dark tan.

All of their product contain color correcting actives which help even out your skin tone after you apply it.

You don’t need to worry about pores being blocked as that is one of their selling points. It can also be used to set makeup.

9. Neutrogena Micromist Airbrush Sunless Tanning Spray

Neutrogena Micromist Airbrush Sunless Tanning Spray

Forget going to a tanning salon and spending 100’s of dollars when Neutrogena’s Micromist tanning spray sells at around $10 per can.

Get that beautiful tanned look in just 5 minutes without looking like an orange.

Buyers have praised Micromist for it being easy to apply as well as lasting a long time. Even guys have praised it for the same reasons!

8. Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Self Tanner Mousse

Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Self Tanner Mousse

Coco & Eve Sunny Honey is a self tanner mousse that intends to give you that ‘Bali tan’ without even visiting Bali.

You can choose between a medium, dark, and ultra dark tan and buyers have been raving about this product in the review section.

While it does take around 2 hours to show, you won’t be left feeling sticky, and you won’t see any streaks (unless you apply it wrong). They also claim that there is no ‘biscuit’ smell after applying which is reassuring.

Give this a try if you prefer a mousse over a spray as mousse’s can be a bit easier to apply.

7. St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez is a world renown brand that has a 4.6/5 rating on over 10,000 reviews. If that doesn’t tell you how good this product is, nothing will.

You apply this self-tanner with a mitt and after either 1,2, or 3 hours you can rinse it off. The longer you keep it on, the darker your tan will become so if you are looking for a light tan, rinse yourself off after just an hour.

As all of the other products we tested on this list, St. Tropez’s Bronzing Mousse doesn’t make you look orange and instead delivers a beautiful natural-looking tan.

Get this product if you want to switch or experiment between glow depths, or if you are just looking for a solid product that delivers fantastic results.

6. Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Body Mousse

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Body Mousse

Jergens Natural Glow “Instant Sun” mousse has a tropical/fruity scent that makes you feel as if you are enjoying a delicious drink on a tropical island.

This self-tanner is ideal for those with a fair to medium skin tone and the tone can be darkened by applying more mousse the day after you initially applied it.

It’s easy to apply and dries in just 60 seconds. You won’t need to wait around for hours unlike some of the other mousse’s on this list.

If you are in a hurry and want just a light natural looking tan, Jergens is for you.

5. L’Oreal Paris Skincare Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Water Mousse

L'Oreal Paris Skincare Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Water Mousse

L’Oreal Paris is a trusted brand worldwide that delivers astonishing products that last.

Their Sublime Bronze self-tanning water mousse lasts a long time and develops gradually. You won’t need to worry about tanning too much as you can simply stop applying more mousse when you’ve reached your desired look.

L’Oreal’s formula is enriched with real coconut water and Vitamin E which allows for smoother and softer skin.

After you initially apply the mousse, wait around 4-8 hours before rinsing off. For a deeper tan, apply three times over a course of 12-24 hours.

4. b.tan Darkest Self Tanner

b.tan Darkest Self Tanner

This one is for those that want an incredibly dark tan. B.tan’s “Tanned AF” foam is made to give off the darkest possible tan you can get.

Buyers also get a free mitt which you can use to easily apply the foam.

Just be sure to apply less to your elbows, wrists, hands, knees, and feet as those areas are a little more sensitive to a darker tan.

Rinse off after 1-8 hours depending on how dark you want to go and you are good to go! Just don’t use any soap when rinsing off.

3. Beauty by Earth Self Tanner Tanning Lotion

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner Tanning Lotion

Choose between fair-medium or medium-dark and get yourself a beautiful long lasting fake tan.

Beauty By Earth lasts around 5 days and can be applied twice for a deeper color. It’s also super easy to apply and you’ll see the results in just 6-8 hours after applying.

There are roughly 20,000 reviews online boasting about this product and when we tested it, we saw some great results as well! (We only applied it once)

2. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam

Go full Bondi and get an authentic Australian take from a product make in Australia.

Bondi Sands has an incredible 30,000 5 star reviews and is super easy to apply, maintain, and even erase if desired.

This foam is enriched with Aloe Vera and has a light coconut scent. The best part is that it doesn’t make you look like an orange.

Buyers can choose between a light/medium, dark, or ultra dark tan so be sure to get the one that suits your needs.

1. BuyHealth Idol Tan

Best Self Tanner - BuyHealth Idol Tan

Our number one spot goes to Idol Tan. Their goal is to give you that famous celebrity-like tan that you see in movies and music videos.

The best part, and also one of the main reasons we have this as number 1 is because they give you a free bottle which allows you to try it out first before spending any money.

Idol Tan also works as a moisturizer and provides a beautiful natural glow.

If you are not ready to spend any money, claim a free bottle and see how it goes.


Do self-tanners work?

Yes, self-tanners work. Most self-tanners contain an active ingredient called dihydroxyacetone or DHA. DHA darkens the skin temporarily.

With proper application, you will be able to achieve a darker skin tone that could last up to a week.

Things to consider when choosing a self-tanner

The first things to consider is the type of skin you have. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to be careful about any potential ingredients in there that give you a reaction.

The next thing you need to consider is the time of year. If you’re looking for a self-tanner to help get you through the cold winter months, you’ll want to find one that has added moisturizers to help keep your skin hydrated.

If you’re wanting to use a self-tanner for a special event or trip, you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to apply it and that it will be fully absorbed into your skin before you need to leave.

Benefits of using a self-tanner

The most obvious benefit is that it can help you achieve a naturally tanned skin tone without having to spend time in the sun and potentially damaging your skin.

A self-tanner can also help to disguise skin imperfections and even out your skin tone. If you have any scars or blemishes, these can help to cover them up.

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Article by Sylvie

Hi, my name is Sylvie and I am an enthusiast of health and fitness. I love spending time outdoors and traveling in my free time. I grew up in France and moved to the United States a few years ago. Ever since then, I have been passionate about learning more about American culture. I am currently majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing. I love writing (hence why I am here) and sharing my experiences with fellow readers!