We know indoor tanning is a no-no and spray tans can be a hassle, so how do you achieve a faux glow without risking your skin in the sun? Gradual tanners are perfect for bronzing beginners, and new-and-improved formulas mean they don’t smell like fake tan, tighten and tone, include SPF, and make perfecting your custom-designed hue easier than ever. These are our favorites of the moment.
This gel-like formula smells nothing like fake tan—in fact, it feels more like an expensive hand cream! The consistency is light and streak-free, so use it both day and night to build up a deeper color.
Build a tan and protect your skin? It sounds too good to be true, but Supergoop! achieves it with a sweet-scented, easy-to-use mousse. Better yet, the formula is infused with a combination of polyphenols and green tea (which are potent antioxidants) to protect against free radicals.
St Tropez is known for excellence in self-tanning products, and this new gradual tint is no different—it’s the ultimate beach multitasker. The formula is designed to mimic skin’s natural melatonin, but it also firms, moisturizers, and tones simultaneously.