When the weather gets colder, it’s not exactly feasible to spend the weekend working on our tans. Thus, when we’re heading out for the evening, the absence of a bronze glow is ever obvious. The good news is we’ve discovered some incredible sunless tanners that deliver immediate color (since who really has “three to five days” for a gradual tan to develop, anyway?).
Before we get to the products, it’s important to be aware of the prepping process for a perfect faux glow. Always remember to exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate—rough, dry skin will absorb the tanning lotion in patches, making for a less-than-desirable look. Additionally, apply regular lotion on rough areas of skin, like knees, elbows, heels, etc., to provide a thin film so the self-tanner won’t absorb too deep and leave dark patches. Lastly, always remember to shave your legs first! Having stubble could make the application a bit tricky (as you can imagine).
Now, onto the products! Scroll through to see some of our favorite picks for yourself.
Sun Instant Self Tanning Lotion ($21)
While the color does take around three hours to completely develop, this lotion still develops a pre-bronze as soon as it’s applied to the skin. Apply it after showering, and by the time you’re out the door for your night on the town, you’ll be a bronzed beauty.