In an effort to shield our skin from premature aging and irreversible sun damage, we've become quite friendly with sunless tanners. We can fake a back-from-the-beach glow year-round without any of the negative aftermath of actually laying on the beach. But if the thought of staining your skin scares you—don't worry, sunless tanners aren't what they used to be. (Remember waking up orange the morning after applying self-tanner?) Today's faux glow formulas veer on the side of bronzed and natural, not orange and streaky.
Below, we've compiled our favorite new sunless tanner launches guaranteed to give you a stunning (and believable) glow. Keep scrolling for our top picks!
We're big fans of Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48), so you can imagine our excitement when the brand released a tanning argan oil. It comes equipped with a handy (literally) mitt to make applying a breeze, and the lightweight oil nourishes your skin and absorbs quickly so don't have to wait around in the buff for it to dry.
A favorite of Khloé Kardashian's, this sunless tanner works with the water in your shower to give you a gorgeous glow. All you have to do is turn off the water, apply, wait three minutes (this is a good time to apply a hair mask or, you know, meditate) then rinse it off. You can towel dry as usual, and you're good to go! The brand has also recently come out with a Medium shade for those wishing to achieve a deeper bronze.
We're told time and time again to exfoliate before we use self-tanner to create a smooth, even surface, so this duo couldn't be any more genius. The first step is a charcoal scrub that sloughs away dead skin cells and relieves the skin of impurities, while the actual sunless tanner gives off a buildable, even glow. Brilliant!
The texture of this lotion is super smooth and, well, milky. It melts right into your skin for an extra dose of hydration while you build the perfect color. An added bonus, it's formulated to smell like figs—yum!
Sephora has entered the world of tanning towelettes, and we couldn't be happier. These one-use towels are a sunless tanner and mitt all in one, and they can wiped all over the face and body for a painless and simple application.
This self-tanning dry oil has—wait for it—SPF 50 (we know). This way, you can bronze right before you head outdoors and protect your skin in the process (just remember to reapply!).
BB cream for the body is a truly useful product. This sunless tanning variation took body BB to the next level and gives you a beachy glow while evening out your skin tone. Pretty smart, huh?
Tarte gave its beloved Brazilliance self-tanner an upgrade by adding exfoliators, a mitt, and a faster-drying formula so you can have smooth, tan skin in as little as four hours.
What's your favorite self-tanner? Sound off below!