The Best Drugstore Self-Tanners to Extend Your Summer Glow
Based on 45,083 Influenster Reviews
With the end of summer fast approaching, it might be time to turn to self-tanners to extend that bronzed glow you worked so hard to build. Self-tanners can be great if you pick the right one. You don't need to expose your skin to harmful UV rays that can cause damage and age your skin and you look like you just spent two weeks at St. Barts, sprawled out on a beach towel, sipping on Mai Tai's by the ocean. Some sunless lotions though can leave you orange and splotchy, looking like Garfield. Not cute. It's even harder to find great ones that you can get at the drugstore.
We did the leg work for you and read through more than 14K Influenster reviews to find you the best drugstore self-tanners on the market. Which one is your favorite?
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Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Tinted Lotion contains a self-adjusting color formula that allows you to control how dark the tan is. First application wasn't quite dark enough? Just apply another layer!
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeupis like Photoshop for your legs. It can cover freckles, veins, and imperfections and the mist stimulates microcirculation for firmer looking legs. How cool is that?
I found the application process fairly simple. I would not recommend applying this product after you get out of the shower. Its better to apply on dry skin that's been prepped with a bit of moisturizer - especially around the knees and ankles. For application I alternated between spraying directly on the skin & spraying into my hand and had no problems. It spreads nicely and it's very easy to correct should you miss a spot and streaks are easily rubbed away. I was extremely impressed with how easily it applied around the ankles and on top of the feet which are usually trouble areas. ...read more
L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion will give you an instant medium natural tan that dries quickly and won't rub off.
Neutrogena Micro-Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan is like a professional airbrush spray in a bottle. This mist covers evenly, dries fast, won't clog pores, and sprays at any angle.
I usually apply two days in a row to build the color up a little. It is easy to spray and I've never had any issues with streaking. I have found doing light coats, letting them dry and then adding another coat works best. If I apply it too heavily in one coat I see the product runs a little. When this happens I just blend it with my finger.
The product dries quickly and I don't mind the smell. Additionally, when the color starts to wear off I have never had the problem of dramatic looking patches as I sometimes get with salon spray tans. ...read more
This mousse dries in 60 seconds! TIP: For best results, prep your skin by exfoliating in the shower and moisturizing after the mousse dries.