Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Not using adequate sun protection is one of the main causes of skin cancer. Tanning in the sun or through tanning beds increases your chances of getting this form of cancer. I know, being tanned makes you look good especially in the summertime. But fortunately, there is a safer way to look tan that won't risk your health at the same time.

What I've learned from self tanners is that you have to read lots of reviews and buy and test them out for yourself in order to find one that works for you. There are so many self tanners out in the market that it is impossible to actually test all of them. You should look out for the ones that are the most popular. Drugstore brands are perfect options as well as higher end brands like the ones sold at Sephora.

Self tanners come in different forms such as lotion, gel, mousse, towelettes or spray. I find that lotions are easier to use because you can apply them like you would any other daily lotion. With sprays however, you can get a stronger and longer lasting color. I rounded up some of the most popular forms of self tanners — check them out below:

Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer

This self tanner is very popular. Not only is it cheap (it's around $9) but it is super easy to use. You can apply it just how you would apply any other lotion. Plus you can control how dark you want your color to be by how many times you apply during the week. The more times you apply the darker the shade will be.

L'oreal Paris Sublime Self-Tanning Gelee

Not only does this gel self tanner contain vitamin E but it is also one of the fastest drying tanners out there. The color you get is very natural and it will leave your skin smooth.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

This brand of self tanning products is super popular. But the mousse version is the one customers aim more towards. It is more expensive than drugstore self tanners but the results you get are great. You get no streaks and a natural color that doesn't make you look orange.

Tan Towel Self Tan Towelette Packets

It probably sounds weird to apply self tanner with towelettes but customers love this product. It goes on with very little streaking and gives you a long lasting glow. Towelette self tanners are perfect for the girl who's always on the go or who's always traveling. They are easy to pack with the rest of your essentials and it's easy to use.

Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan


This tanning spray is oil free, dries in five minutes and won't clog your pores. Spray tans are great for those who worry about orange palms. You just have to be careful when applying it in your back which can be tricky.

NOTE: Make sure to check for what color skin tone the product is intended for. A self tanner product might come in different shades. For example, the Jergens self tanner mentioned above comes for both fair to medium skin tones and for medium to tan skin tones. Also look out for the color you desire. Do you want to be one shade darker, two or three?

Lovelies, have you tried any of these self tanners? What self tanners do your swear by?

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