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The Best Self-Tanners According to Me

Are you looking for a beautiful glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays? 


The wait is over. These are the top five self-tanning products of 2021. Finding the perfect self-tanning product can be difficult and will most likely involve a trial and error process. Is it too much to ask for your self-tanner to not develop as an orange shade, fade quickly, come out streaky, or leave an unpleasant smell? Believe it or not, these self-tanning products exceed all expectations. 


1. Tanologist Water Sunless Tanning Mist, $16.99 (Target)


If you are looking for an easy application on a budget for your face and body, Tanologist is the perfect self-tanner for you! This self-tanning mist is easy to apply, available in three different shades (Light Glow, Medium Tan, and Dark Bronze), will not clog your pores, lightweight, and odorless. Tanologist’s products are clean, cruelty-free, vegan, non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, and oil-free. Not only will this mist brighten and hydrate your skin, it will leave you with a sun-kissed glow without transferring to your clothes or sheets. 


2. Isle of Paradise  Glow Clear, Color Correcting Self-Tanning Mousse, $29.00 (Sephora)


If you are looking for a bronzed glow along with a color-correcting formula, this is the self-tanning mousse for you! Isle of Paradise’s Glow Clear, Color Correcting Self-Tanning Mousse is a water-based self-tanning mousse with color-correcting technology to even skin tone for a natural-looking, hydrated glow. This mousse comes in three different shades (Light, Medium, and Dark) with hydrating ingredients such as coconut oil, chia seed oil, and avocado oil. Isle of Paradise’s products are clean at Sephora, Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Customizable, Hydrating, and Recyclable Packaging. 


3. Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Foam, $21.99 (Target)


If you are in need of a deep bronze without breaking your bank, Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Foam is the one for you! This Australian brand captures the perfect summer deep bronze, looking like you just stepped off the beach. This self-tanning foam is simple to apply, light-weight, streak-free, and gives a flawless finish. Not only is this foam enriched with aloe vera and coconut oil that gives you a moisturizing and fast drying application, Bondi Sands’ products are cruelty-free, vegan, and oil-free.


4. St.Tropez Tan x Ashley Graham Limited Edition Ultimate Glow Kit, $55 (Ulta)


If you are new to self-tanning and are in need of a natural glow, this self-tanning mousse is for you! Ashley Graham partnered with St. Tropez to create a kit, including the Self-Tan Luxe Whipped Creme Mousse and a limited edition tanning mitt. This mousse gives you a natural, wearable glow enriched with Hyaluronic Acid Complex, Rosehip Oil & Vitamin E clinically proven to hydrate for nourished, healthy skin. Not only will this glow last evenly for a week, it is touch-dry within seconds, infused with a subtle fine fragrance inspired by Ashley Graham, and has 100% natural tanning ingredients.


5. St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse, $44.00 (Ulta) 


If you are looking for a deep bronze but you are in a rush, this St. Tropez one-hour express mousse is for you. This mousse has no self-tan smell, mood-boosting fragrance, streak-free and easy to apply, quick-drying, non-sticky, and ultra-hydrating with an even fade. The best part about this mousse is that it lasts for days. You only have to apply it once a week in order to maintain your deep bronzed glow. St. Tropez suggests you wait one hour before showering for a light glow, 2 hours before showering for a medium golden tan, and 3 hours for a deep and darker bronze.

Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am a senior at RWU. I am a marketing enthusiast and a dog lover.
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