Yes, the sun damages our skin. But yes, many of us still want to look like we've been basking in it. Thankfully, the world of sunless tanners has taken a collective step forward. So with foams, sprays and tinted gels packing shelves now, we decided to try a range of products and divide the bronze from the bronzeless.
Yes, the sun damages our skin. But yes, many of us still want to look like we've been basking in it. Thankfully, the world of sunless tanners has taken a collective step forward. So with foams, sprays and tinted gels packing shelves now, we decided to try a range of products and divide the bronze from the bronzeless. (Five stars is best.)
Tanner: Mystic Tan Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for face
Price: $29 at Sephora
Recap: This face formula fails to produce any noticeable color, even with repeated daily use. It's great as a moisturizer - but not with this price tag.
Tanner: Isomers Tan Trick
Price: $14.50 at Isomers.ca
Recap: This one delivers. Streak-free color gradually darkens to an authentic-looking tan-and stays that way-after about two applications. Unfortunately, it also smells like glue.
Tanner: Isomers TanGlo
Price: $14.50 at Isomers.ca
Recap: Although it's marketed as a moisturizer that develops color over time, those looking for a splash of sun won't want to wait on this one.
Tanner: Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube
Price: $22.50 at Sephora
Recap: Color is imparted immediately in the form of a sparkly bronzer, but it fades after your next shower. The pina colada scent is pleasant enough, though, so if you need something to slather on for a night out, this does the trick.
Tanner: Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer
Price: $9 at drug stores
Recap: Smooth this down the neck and dcolletage as well as the face for a flush of sun-kissed color. It gives skin a greasy appearance, though, so think about putting it on before bed instead of as a pre-makeup moisturizer.
Tanner: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Tinted Self-Tan
Price: $28.50 at Estee Lauder cosmetic counters
Recap: The tinted liquid is much more reassuring to apply than clear lotions. But this one is quick to fade. And with a scent reminiscent of rust, it's not something you want to apply often.
Tanner: Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer
Price: $9 at drugstores
Recap: The foam squirts out like shaving cream but turns into a fast-drying liquid when rubbed against skin. A healthy color develops hours later, but tends to be a bit streaky.
Tanner: Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Shade to Order
Price: $18.50 at Bath & Body Works
Recap: With customizable color, you can adjust on a whim (the select-a-color dial delivers more or less self-tanning power). With natural-looking, non-streaky results, this one's the winner.
Tanner: Skin So Soft Satin Glow Continuous Mist Airbrush Spray
Price: $12 at Avon.com
Recap: This spray goes on with a chilly blast. It dries quickly, but the color takes days of application to develop.