Happy Tuesday, friends!
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the unofficial end of summer is here. Even though the thought of chilly fall weather and overcast mornings is uber depressing, your golden glow doesn’t need to become a casualty of the seasons. I’ve rounded up my favorite self-tanning products to keep you looking your island-babe best.
Kiehls, Face Tanner $22
There’s nothing cute about an uneven tan, especially when your face is three shades lighter than the rest of your body. As you know, I’m very particular about what products I use on my face so I was thrilled to find Kiehl’s sun-free self-tanner. It’s formulated for both face and body but it’s a bit pricey so I prefer to use it as my daily moisturizer. It’s ultra lightweight, non-greasy, doesn’t have a harsh chemical scent, and contains anti-oxidants.
Clarins, Tanning Lotion $38
If you’re looking for a deeper tint, Clarins’ intense bronzer is a fabulous option. This moisturizing formula glides on without leaving your face streaky. The color deepens as it sits and will have you looking like you just stepped off a tropical island. Plus it contains two super-skincare ingredients: aloe vera and cocoa butter. Both of these botanical extracts soothe and smooth your skin while protecting it from free radicals.
St. Tropez, Luxe Dry Oil $40
If you’re looking for something a little more indulgent this Brazilian-inspired dry oil is a great addition to your rotation. It’s non-greasy, hydrating, streak-free and formulated with a 100% natural tanning agent that lasts up to ten days. Even better, it’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and that infamous self-tanner odor.
St. Tropez, Tanning Mousse $44
I was really skeptical when I tried this St. Tropez mousse but let me tell you, it’s awesome! It goes on so smoothly, smells like cinnamon, and gives you a deep, dark bronze glow. Similar to its dry oil companion, this mousse is hydrating, doesn’t leave you with gross streaks, and is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. My bottle has lasted about a dozen generous uses and is nowhere near empty.
Jergen’s, Everyday Moisturizing Lotion $12
If you want something more affordable and a little easier to maintain, Jergens’ daily moisturizer has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Your tan begins pretty subtle and with continued use develops into a beautiful bronze glow. It’s a great replacement for your everyday lotion if your skin isn’t terribly dry.
Smashbox, BB Cream $42
I’ve recently become obsessed with Smashbox’s BB cream! It is definitely pricy but a very little bit goes a long way. This formula enhances your tan while also protecting your skin from sun damage (SPF 35). My favorite part of this BB cream though is that it’s five-in-one. It moisturizes, primes, perfects, protects and controls oil in one magical bottle. Additionally, its paraben-free, sodium lauryl sulfate-free, phthalate-free, oil-free, fragrance-free, talc-free, cruelty-free AND vegan. It’s basically diet makeup.
Tarte, Full Coverage Clay Foundation $39
If you’re looking for something with a bit more coverage, tarte’s Amazonian clay foundation will give you 12 hours of summer glow without clogging your pores. The vegan, vitamin-enriched formula covers redness and hyper-pigmentation while helping to balance oily/sensitive skin. You’ve probably picked up on a theme and guessed that yep, this stuff is paraben-free, phthalate-free, triclosan-free (a terrible antimicrobial agent), sodium lauryl sulfate-free, and gluten-free. Win!
Benefit, Hula Bronzer $29
Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is the perfect matte powder for achieving that summer, island glow year-round. It is especially great for fair skin tones that don’t mix well with shine or shimmer. You can use it as an all-over powder or for targeted contouring. Either way, you’ll look like a tropical goddess even on autumn’s gloomiest days.