We love a good glow. We're always testing out new sunless tan products to give the look of beach vacation without any potential sun damage. In the best interest of time and protecting our skin, we've rounded up the best sunless tan products for face and body, plus our tried-and-tested tips for achieving a flawless, natural-looking finish.
Before applying your tan, exfoliate with a cream-based physical scrub to buff away any dead surface skin. This should ideally be done the day before or at least a few hours before applying the tan.
Always use a tanning mitt to apply product. Using your hands will result in them turning orange and a mitt ensures a smoother application and more flawless-looking finish.
To tan the back of your hands, gently pat whatever is left on the mitt. Don’t reapply product for the hands or feet because these areas tend to trap more colour.
Keep your body hydrated with moisturizer in the days after you apply sunless tan. This will keep your skin nourished and enhance the colour, as dry skin tends to show the cracking-effect of the tan.
Avoid using essential oils on your body or in the bath while you’re wearing self tanner as it can break down the colour faster.
Always buff tanner into the skin in circular motions, aiming to cover every inch of the skin that you would like to have a glow. Read the directions of the specific tanner you’re using to see if you need to rinse off the top layer of the tanner as some products require this.
The Best Sunless Tan Products
Dr. Sebagh Self-Tanning Drops
This multi-purpose serum not only gives you a natural-looking tan, but it also helps to shield skin against the ageing effects of High Energy Visible (HEV) light, which primarily comes from the sun but can also come from our smartphones, tablets and laptops. To apply, add 3-4 drops into your moisturizer and apply as you would normally apply moisturizer. This ensures a seamless, streak-free application.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads
A one-of-a-kind exfoliating self-tanner that comes in pre-saturated pads for a smooth application. Alpha hydroxy acids and antioxidants help reduce the appearance of pores and provide anti-aging benefits all while giving your skin a beautiful, natural glow. They come in two versions - one for the face and one for the body - and are very easy to use, simply tear open the package and wipe pad all over the area you want that extra glow!
Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse
We love this organic formula because it is ultra hydrating and has the most natural looking colour - never orange! This mousse has pHenO2 Technology that ensures instant colour that continues to develop over 4-8 hours and will last 2-3 weeks. Prior to applying, exfoliate the skin, then apply using a mitt for a streak-free application.
Here at Gee Beauty, we offer a curated collection of sunless tan products that are tried, tested and trusted by the Gee Women. For help choosing the right sunless tanner for you, email our Beauty Concierge!