I’ve been asked a lot lately what the best self-tanner is. This is a tough one to answer because self-tanner reacts differently on everyone. I will say that I have had the best luck with ones that are also a body lotion. They build a more gradual tan and aren’t as smelly as regular tanners. Victoria’s Secret used to make the best one, but then they changed it and now I’m not a fan (contains bronzer which I find all over my clothing-yuck). But I do think I have found a replacement.
Charlotte Ronson’s new “Summer Always” scented gradual tan body lotion is really good. It’s a nourishing self-tanner that gradually provides a sun-kissed look without the damaging side effects of a real tan. You will get a radiant, glowing tan in as little as three days (if applied daily). This gem doesn’t leave pale patches, dark spots, or streaks, and that is rare in the world of tanners. Because it’s a body lotion, application is much easier and you’re more likely to evenly distribute it across your body. It’s infused with soothing avocado, jojoba oil, and vitamin E, so you’ll get the moisture you’re body craves. And best of all, it has a wonderful scent-very summery. I do recommend getting a sample, just to be sure it works for you, but I really love it.
Charlotte Ronson Summer Always Scented Gradual Tan Body Lotion $28
available exclusively at Sephora
Again, self-tanner reacts with your own body chemistry, so what works for one may not work for all. It’s best if you can try a sample first. This is impossible with drugstore brands, but if you’re in any department or beauty store, just ask. They are usually quite happy to make you one. Better to be safe than sorry.