The Internet Has Spoken: These Are the Only Self-Tanners That Are Worth It

Most of us dream of that just-been-at-the-beach glow. But there's a catch. If you are lucky enough to go on a beach vacation or spend the day poolside, baking in the sun isn't really the best idea. UV exposure can put you at risk for skin cancer. Not to mention sun damage can cause your skin to age faster, leading to wrinkles, age spots, loose skin, spider veins, and a blotchy or ruddy complexion.

But you can still be good to your skin and get that sun-kissed, radiant look. Enter self-tanners. Now, you might have some thoughts about self-tanners, especially if the first image that comes to mind is a fake, orange, streaky, and splotchy "tan." But have you seen these new formulations? They're nothing like the ones from years past that would leave you looking like an Oompa Loompa. In fact, a lot of them will leave you with a natural-looking glow that might even have people asking you, "Where did you just get back from?"


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There are so many different formulas out there, so I did the research for you and found the long-lasting self-tanners with the best, most enthusiastic reviews. Take a look at my findings below and get ready to glow.

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.