This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but getting the best tan of your life should not involve getting any sun. Here’s our pick of the 2018 self-tanner crop to give you I-just-returned-from-Tulum vibes without having to sustain any skin damage.
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse & Mist
There are two things we hate about self tanner: the distinctive smell and the stained sheets. St Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Waters aims to fix these problems with a new clear formula that won't mark your sheets or clothes with the guide colour, and a tropical scent to mask the DHA smell. It comes in a mousse formula for the body and a mist for the face.
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse ($54) and Mist ($39)
St Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse
This is the self-tanner everyone has the time for. Apply it to your body pre-shower and it will develop in one minute—literally. After 60 seconds, you can get in the shower and rinse—making this the most convenient way to get the sun-kissed look.
St Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse ($28)
Self-tanning La Mer style involves a supremely hydrating formula complete with their patented Miracle Broth complex. You can use this lotion from head to toe, and the gradual colour deposit means you don't have to be so precious about how you apply.
British spray tan artist James Read works with celebrities likeRosie Huntington-Whiteley and Cara Delevingne, both of whom aren't known for looking overly tanned—just glowing. Hence the reason we trust (and adore) his products to provide a natural-looking finish. The body mist contains hyaluronic acid and coconut water, and develops over two hours. The water-based self-tanning drops can be adding to your moisturizer for a custom colour.
Our beauty editor has been using this product on her fair skin all summer, and has been consistently impressed with the results. Tip: It dries quickly, so use a glove and a small amount of product (you can always go back and apply more) to ensure streak-free application.