Top Rated Sunless Tanners

Summer is slowly creeping in. It seems as soon as we have our first pool party or get invited to one we panic, “I have no tan!” Well no worries! There is a SAFE and very effective way to get that golden tan we all dream about.

Sunless tanners and bronzers give you the results you want quicker than the dangerous tanning beds, cheaper, and will not flirt with getting skin cancer.

Many of you are thinking, “they make my skin orange and dark in spots!” Rest assured, there are some super products out there. We just need to find them! That is what I am here for.


There are two types of sunless tanning products:

  • Sunless tanning products that stain the skin and will remain until it is sloughed off with ordinary daily activities. They usually last 3-7 days and can be reapplied as needed.
  • Cosmetic bronzers are applied and have no staining affect. They are removed simply with soap and water, similar to makeup. It is personal preference which one you use. gilr-in-black-bathing suit

Do Self Tanners Work?

A darkening agent called DHA that is in all self tanners is a color-producing sugar that interacts with amino acids in the outermost layer of the skin which causes the skin to become darker. It is FDA approved and very safe to use.

It is advised to test the product on a small area of your skin first to make sure there is not an allergic reaction. Some people have sensitive skin so it is best to find out on a small area than your entire body!

Sunless Tanner Application

Tips on Applying a Self Tanner:

Wax or shave the day before you will be applying the sunless tanner. If you have any knicks or cuts the self tanner lotion, oil, gel, etc. can sit in the damaged area and can cause the area to appear darker. So it’s best to wait a day to let the minor skin irritation heal.

Exfoliate your dry areas on your body prior to applying product: elbows, knees, feet, and hands. Dry skin causes the skin to have creases so the tanner has somewhere to penetrate.

Moisturize! Apply a moisturizer to the areas where you exfoliated. This will inhibit the tanner from soaking in and darkening. If you have any age spots, apply lotion on them as well. Don’t forget your fingertips. Our fingertips tend to be dry from using our hands so much.

Wear gloves that fit well before applying the tanner.applying-self-tanner.png

Shake the product well before using mix up all the ingredients. Start with the legs first and massage the tanner in a circular motion to prevent streaks. Next apply it to the arms, torso, neck, and face if you are using the tanner on your face. If so, apply only one coat so the face doesn’t get too dark. I recommend using a separate product on your face. A bronzer is recommended for your face but again, its personal preference.

Lightly apply the product to your feet and hands. These areas are where we tend to see self-tanning mistakes. Use a washcloth to remove any excess on your knuckles. When applying to your hands, put it on the back of your hands and rub them together. Be careful not to get any on your palms. Use a washcloth to remove any tanner from the creases of your hands and blend the product on the sides by your palm.

Dry! Let the product dry before putting on any clothes or you may accidentally stain your outfit. Try to reduce any activity so you don’t sweat and cause streaks. Wash your hands after applying to remove any excess product.

Wait several hours before showering. The longer the better. Try to wait at least eight hours before showering and do not exfoliate for at least 24 hours. Let the product soak into your skin. This also means staying away from any water activities like the pool or beach. So prepare the best time to apply your Top Rated Sunless Tanner!

Moisturize! The key to longevity with your sunless tan is hydration! Apply lotion daily.


Top Rated Sunless Tanners


Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion


#1 RATED BEST SELF TANNER – Tanceuticals has received numerous awards by beauty editors worldwide

Easy to Apply, Easily Blends

Gorgeous Dark Shade of Bronze

Inviting Coconut Scent

Made from Healthy Cosmeceuticals – Acai Berry, Mango Butter and Vitamin E 

   984 customer reviews


St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse


Awards: ELLE Beauty Awards, In Style Best Beauty Buys Winner

Super-light-weight Tinted Mousse

Rich Golden Natural- Looking Glow

Dries in 60 Seconds

Great Citrus Fragrance

 1,345 customer reviews


St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil


Dry Oil with a Brown Tint

Gorgeous Shimmery Glow

Herbal Pleasant Smell

No Streaks

Moisturizes Skin Leaving it Nice n Soft

  59 customer reviews



L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum


Easy Spray Application with 360° continuous mist coats skin evenly

Quick Drying

Natural Sun-kissed Tan

Made with Vitamin E and Gentle


   440 customer reviews


Clinique Self Sun Tinted Lotion

Tinted Lotion with a Glowing Shimmer

Immediate Results with a Beautiful Medium Shade


Moisturizes Skin to Keep Skin Soft

Lasts 4 to 5 Days

   51 customer reviews


Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel


Award Winner

Great for Pale Skin

Colorless Application that Slowly Darkens

Vitamin Packed Tanner Featuring Aloe Vera

Beautiful Natural Glowing Tan

Great Smell

   29 customer reviews



Fake Bake Flawless


Self-tanning Liquid Spray

Tans darker – Lasts Longer

Dries Instantly for On The Go

Rich Dark Brown Thin Liquid

Leaves Skin with a Flawless Glow

1,149 customer reviews


Somerville360 Face and Body Self Tanning Towelettes


Easy-to-Use & Fast Drying

No Mess, No Streaks, No Uneven Skin tone

Gradual, Healthy Looking Tan

Calming Cucumber that soothes and refreshes the face and body

Vitamin E to condition the skin

   61 customer reviews

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer

Features a Pigmented Sheer Color

A Compact Caribbean Getaway

Washes Off – No Staining

Look Beautifully Tanned

   766 customer reviews



























6 thoughts on “Top Rated Sunless Tanners”

  1. You know, my girlfriend sometimes points out that she has orange spots, and I just usually shrug it off and tell her it’s because I’ll that stuff she puts on her skin.

    Now, come to think of it, I thinks she knows why, she just wants to she if I’m paying attention to her or not.

    Well, I’m glad I ran across this. Let’s say I was wanting to surprise her with something like this (something I know nothing about (Until now; I reckon I know a little bit about it now haha).

    What would you recommend for a girl with medium complexion? And, I’m not sure if any of these products are sprays, but she doesn’t like sprays.

    Also, let’s say I bought an 8 oz bottle, could you give me an approximate amount of uses that would allow?

    1. Hi Brandon, yes some of the sunless tanners have been known to make your skin orange. The products on my site have been tested and do not have any complaints of turning skin orange. 🙂

      I would recommend Tanceuticals or St Tropez, they have both won awards and have been voted number one! Neither of them are sprays. One is a lotion and one is a mousse. I’ll send the link to you. There are tips for her to follow before and after applying the product for proper use. 🙂 I think she will be very pleased! 

      To cover the entire body she would be using approximately 1 ounce so an 8 ounce bottle should last about 8 uses. A great start to a gorgeous bronze glow for the summer! 🙂

      Here is the link to take you directly to Sunless Tanners. I hope I have helped you Brandon. You have a wonderful day!

  2. BrandonW44 says:

    Thank you!! You are truly helpful.

    I’m glad you said Tanceuticals (I don’t believe I even know how to pronounce that word correctly, HAHA), because that’s what I was thinking too.

    Anyways, I would just about bet she could squeeze out a good 10 or 12 uses out of it (out of an 8oz that is). She’s not only small, but really short too. Not a lot of body to cover.

    Thanks again!!

    1. You are very welcome and thank you! I hope she enjoys Tanceuticals and gets that bronze tan. 🙂

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