The Best Self-Tanning Products

Despite the alarming information and statistics regarding the risks and potential damage caused by excessive sun exposure, a rich golden tan is still a highly coveted summer trophy. And ironically, most people actually feel healthier with a bit of a sun tan.

Thankfully, there are numerous products available on the market to address every tanning need—sun-free and without any awkwardly unnatural side effects. In this issue of Beauty Guru, we explore the best self-tanning and bronzing products. From self-tanning gels to creams and powders, the following recommendations are sure to deliver the most skin-friendly summer glow.

Jane Iredale’s Tantasia $36

Jane Iredale’s Tantasia is by far one of the best self-tanning products to enter the market. The streak-free formula is light and absorbent, creating a natural looking tan on the face and body that increases within three days and provides natural hydration along the way. And to make it even better, Tantasia also has a refreshing citrus scent. Other great Jane Iredale products for summer include the Moonglow Golden Bronzer and Brush-Me Bronze as well as the Amazing Base Mineral Foundation, which feels absolutely weightless, includes the best selection of shades and provides SPF.

ModelCo’s Tan Gloss $17.95

With its extensive range of self-tanning products — including the amazing Exfoliate Body wipes, which pre-condition the skin for self-tanning — ModelCo’s Tan Gloss is sure to become a fast favorite among sun-worshippers and shade-lovers alike. This shimmering self-tanner builds beautifully while creating a slightly deeper and more dramatic bronze shade with subtle golden shimmering accents. Check out the brand’s website for more self-tanning products as well as a wide selection of other cosmetics.

Nars Blush/Bronzer (Laguna, Orgasm, Albatross) $55

A summer beauty feature would be incomplete without mentioning François Nars Cosmetics. The master of color and texture has created some of the most incredible textures and shades of blush and bronzers on the market. Available in the most desirable combinations, Nars’ line includes options like Orgasm/Laguna and Casino/Sin (both of which are absolute must-haves for any makeup wardrobe). Nars’ Multiple Stick Bronzer, Multiple Duos and Body Glow also receive our highest ratings. Log onto the website for more great product info.

Prtty Peaushun Skintight Body Lotion $29.50

Rapidly becoming the go-to body shimmer/lotion among professional makeup artists, Prtty Peaushun Skintight Body Lotion is a revolutionary product that creates a flattering. realistic glow while concealing imperfections. Created by celebrity make-up artist Bethany Karlyn, Prtty Peaushun is infused with an exclusive blend of natural plant extracts that help firm and tighten the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and even varicose veins. It will even help to soothe sore muscles and minimizes bruises! This toxic ingredient-free, naturally fragrant product comes in four shades.

St. Tropez (Self Tan Bronzing Lotion) $40

Though previously mentioned in this column St. Tropez still receives our highest ratings as an innovative and realistic self-tanning product. From one of the largest and most complete selections of easy to use at-home products, St. Tropez creates, maintain and enhances the perfect color from deluxe spa services. Check out the website for product information and spa locations.

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Jason Campbell

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