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How to Pick the Best Self Tanning Products

What is the Best Sunless Self Tanner?

Achieving a perfect sun-kissed glow without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays has never been easier, thanks to the sunless tanning products available from SUGARED + BRONZED. If you are looking for a profession faux glow, you have come to the right place. Whether you're a seasoned self-tanner or new to the game, finding the best sunless self-tanner for your needs is essential. Here at SUGARED + BRONZED, we’re all about helping you achieve a flawless, natural-looking tan year-round. Let's dive into some of the top sunless tanning products on the market, how to apply them, and why they stand out. And if you currently are using a different brand we will guide you on what to switch to.

Best Sunless Tanning Products

1. Self Tanner Lotion

Self-tanning lotions are a classic choice for many and offer a streak-free application. One of the best self-tanning lotions used to be St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion. It's known for its even coverage and natural-looking color. A more luxurious option, Luxe Unfiltered No. 32 Hydrating Self-Tanning Cream provides a deep, hydrating tan that feels indulgent on the skin.

However, if you are looking for the best of both worlds, you should try SUGARED + BRONZED Sunless Tanning Lotion. It's made with professional grade DHA (the key ingredient in tanner) which is naturally derived from plants. It's the fastest working self tanning lotion, because it has our FLEXEXPRESS formula which you can wash or leave on - your choice! It also includes luxe hydration through natural oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and even grapeseed oil to leave your skin nourished and glowing.

So when you're looking for a luxurious self tanner that won't break the bank, you know who to pick. This lotion goes on clear, so if you want something that has a bronzer in it to help guide, turn to our mousse or mist.

2. Self Tan Mousse


There are a lof of self-tanning mousses that claim to be the best, like Bondi Sands Aero Aerated Self Tanning Foam and Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse. However, neither of those can claim they've been in both Vanity Fair Magazine AND Cosmopolitan. So we like to boast a bit. It's lightweight, easy to apply, and can be rinsed after just an hour. If you want to get the darkest result leave it on for more time - details are on the bottle when you order.

With nourishing ingredients such as vitamin E and all-natural emollients, your skin can expect an instant vibrance boost and a long-lasting, radiant glow. Highly recommended for pale legs and last-minute weekend getaways.

3. Self Tan Drops

Customizable and versatile, self-tan drops can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer to build your desired tan. Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops and Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops, are likely what you are currently using and the easiest upgrade is to SUGARED + BRONZED Sunless Tanning Glow Drops.

Crafted with you in mind - you can make your own glow - use as much or as little as you want to get the darkest tan, or just a light layer. Self-Tan Drops are not all equal, and only SUGARED + BRONZED can offer professional salon standard glow drops.

4. Tanning Creme

You can skip all the drugstore brands because they will have lower quality results. Tanning creams are perfect for those who prefer a rich, hydrating formula. Do you use Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer or Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion? Well, swap to SUGARED + BRONZED because our Sunless Tanning Lotion will deliver the most hydrating high-nouishment with a soft, buildable glow.

5. Tanning Oil

For those who love the feel of oils, you might use Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, Bali Body Self Tanning Oil, or Tan Luxe bronzed glow, but don't use FLEXEXPRESS which is only available from us. If you are using these, you'll miss out! So switch to SUGARED + BRONZED Glow Drops and layer the SUGARED + BRONZED Hocoba Oil on top for a glistening level of bronze.

6. Face Tanner

The skin on your face deserves special attention, and face-specific tanners ensure a seamless, radiant look. A lot of people will think Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops or Coola Organic Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum are good because they are on TikTok, but that's not always the way to make a decision! SUGARED + BRONZED Tanning Water is the most delightful way to refresh and glow. It goes on clear, and by no more than an hour, you'll look like you just came back from vacation. It's layered with rose water and other nourishing ingredients that will feel light and easy. This is ideal for the face and a great one to take with you, you can fit it in your carry-on!

How to Apply Self Tanner

Achieving a flawless self-tan requires some preparation and technique. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Exfoliate: Before applying self-tanner, exfoliate your skin thoroughly to remove dead skin cells. This ensures an even application and prevents patchiness.
  2. Moisturize: Pay special attention to dry areas like elbows, knees, and ankles. Applying a light moisturizer to these areas can prevent the tanner from clinging too much.
  3. Apply with a Mitt: Use the SUGARED + BRONZED Sunless Tanning Mitt to apply the self-tanner in circular motions. This helps to blend the product evenly and avoid streaks.
  4. Apply in sections: Apply the product in sections (like your arms, then legs, then torso) to make sure you don't miss any spots.
  5. Blend at your wrists and ankles: These areas can absorb more self-tanner than the rest of your body, so make sure to blend well to avoid dark spots.
  6. Wait to Dress: Allow the tanner to dry completely before getting dressed to avoid transferring the product onto your clothes.
  7. Maintain Your Tan: Keep your skin moisturized to prolong the life of your tan. Exfoliate gently between applications to ensure a smooth surface for reapplication.

Maintaining Your Sunless Tan

Once you've achieved your desired tan, maintaining it is key to prolonging its life. This involves a few simple steps that can make your sunless tan last longer.

Firstly, moisturize daily. Hydrated skin retains the tan better and helps it fade evenly. Secondly, avoid long baths, hot tubs, and excessive sweating.

These can speed up the exfoliation process and cause your tan to fade faster. Lastly, consider using a tan extender like our SUGARED + BRONZED Sunless Tanning Lotion. It contains a small amount of tanning DHA to keep your color looking fresh. With these tips, you can enjoy your sunless tan for up to a week or more.

From lotions to mousses to drops, the options are endless and cater to different preferences and skin types. Here at SUGARED + BRONZED, we encourage you to explore these products and find the perfect fit for your glow goals. And only we can offer a professional self tanner!

What is the best self tanner for fair skin? SUGARED + BRONZED Sunless Self Tanning products can be rinsed within an hour for a light tan, or left on for more than 8 hours for a deeper look. If you have very pale skin, we recommend starting with a light application. Make sure to test out a patch first.