Well, it’s now common knowledge that spending all day naked on a beach chair, slathered in tanning oil, absorbing the direct sun isn’t at all good for your skin. Many of us wish we could take back the hundreds of hours that we spent lying outside or on a tanning bed at the nearby gym—but we can’t. Instead, we can change our tanning habits and give ourselves a sun-kissed glow in a much healthier way.
We’ve found products that can be brushed over your cheekbones for a temporary bronze or rubbed all over your body for a more permanent tan.
The Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzing Powder is truly the be-all and end-all of bronzers. Chances are high that you’ve seen several beauty influencers using this product without even being sponsored. The bronzing powder appears chocolate brown and not orange in the slightest so that is a gigantic plus. You’ll get a natural, just-back-from-spending-two-weeks-in-Hawaii-kind-of-tan with this buildable powder. It even comes with a compact brush. The bronzer can be purchased for $45.
The Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage formula will protect your skin while giving you a smooth flawless look. It’s similar to tinted moisturizers as it will give you a natural, photo-ready finish without having to cake on foundation or concealer. The sheer formula comes in five different shades and is SPF 20, so snag a tube before you start spending entire days in the summer sun. This product can be purchased for $56.
This sunless tanner will give you a subtle glow while blurring skin imperfections like pesky ingrown hairs, veins, pores, or blemishes. All Vita Liberata products are organic and the Luxury Tan Body Blur formula contains aloe vera, shea butter, and other ingredients that will leave you with the softest skin. The product comes in three different shades and won’t cause any unsightly streaks. With Vida Liberata Luxury Tan Body Blur you’ll finally feel comfortable showing off your legs when you’re wearing dresses or skirts. This self-tanner costs $58 and is worth every penny.
The Cargo Big Bronzer is ideal for those who prefer a little glow on their décolletage, shoulders, and maybe even stomach—we love a good contoured midriff paired with a crop top. The compact is quite large (hence the name) and the formula contains light reflective particles for an extra shimmer. The Cargo Big Bronzer costs $46.
There’s no way you haven’t heard about this tanning mousse—everyone and their boyfriend uses it before taking off on a vacation. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is light and easy to apply with a bare hand or mitt, depending on how daring you are. The natural, streak-free results last for a few days. If you’re extra scared of looking streaky, mix the mousse with equal parts body lotion before using. This heavenly mousse can be purchased for $54.
This highlighter is guilty of living a double life as a bronzer and we aren’t mad about it. The highlighter is perfect for those looking to build a gradual glow based on how they’re feeling or where they’re heading. Dinner out with your girlfriends always calls for a heavy highlight. The formula is lightweight, which means that it won’t cake in your fine lines and is infused with vitamin E to keep your skin hydrated. Apply to your cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, bridge of your nose, and brow bones for the optimal glow. The Lancôme Dual Finish Highlighter costs $53.
If the fear of looking like an orange Oompa Loompa has kept you from rocking a sun-kissed look, the RMS Buriti Bronzer is a safe product for beginners. The bronzer has a distinct brown undertone and is made from buriti oil, a natural source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. No powder brush is required for application as the product is cream-based, making it easy to apply to your gorgeous face with clean fingers. Powdered makeup can sometimes have a drying effect whereas cream-based products can hydrate the skin. This sun-kissed glow packed into a small jar costs $35.00
Jergens Sunless Tanning Mousse is similar to St. Tropez but sits at a lower price point—every great product has a drugstore dupe. The Jergens mousse comes in three different shades and can help you build a natural glow in just 60 seconds. To avoid streaking, try cutting the tanning mousse with your daily body lotion. Jergens Sunless Tanning Mousse can be yours for a very modest $9.
We love anything that involves chocolate so we’re naturally a big fan of this bronzer. The TOO FACED Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer literally smells like chocolate and will give you a rich glow, akin to that of a beautiful milk chocolate bar. The TOO FACED formula is matte, which is great for those with oilier complexions.