Coppertone released its first sunless tanner, QT, in 1960, soon after scientists discovered the cancerous consequences of sitting in the sun all day. Unfortunately, it left would-be beach babies orange and streaky. But self-tanning formulas have come a long way. DHA, a chemical derived from sugar cane that reacts with your skin's amino acids, is still at their core, but now it's mixed with moisturizers, oils, and other extracts for easier, cleaner application.
Jergens' moisturizer is oil-free, has SPF 20, and goes on like lotion. It starts out subtle, but if you use it every day your skin will get quite dark. To start, try diluting it with your regular moisturizer.
St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse ($30)
The best part about St. Tropez's tanning products is Aromaguard, their secret technology that keeps that awful sunless tanner smell at bay. On the flip side, the mousse dries very quickly, meaning there's not a lot of time to blend--so work fast!
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads ($18)
Dr. Gross' regular Alpha Beta pads are a cult classic, but these do all the good stuff--exfoliating, moisturizing--and give you a color boost, too.
Tan Towel Classic Formula Towelettes ($24)
This Australian brand makes different sized towelettes, including a full-body one, that exfoliate, tan, and moisturize all in one.
Sisley Paris Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care ($141)
Sisley's formula is designed for the face, but we'd encourage using it all over your body for the slightest tint. It's incredibly light, without much smell, and absorbs within seconds.
Infinity Sun Glow on the Go ($40)
Infinity's sunless tanner comes in a spray can (propelled by air, so it's not harmful to the environment) and is enriched with essential oils, antioxidants, and botanicals.
Kate Somerville Somerville 360 Face Self-Tanning Pad ($45)
For anyone concerned about using sunless tanner on their face because of breakout potential, grab one of Somerville's pads. She's included tea tree extracts to clear skin and cucumber to keep it calm. And they're individually packaged, which makes for easy traveling.