By Alexandra Gekas.
While we all love the sun-kissed look of a summer tan, we've been warned too many times about skin damage to actually risk lying out. Which makes self-tanners the next best thing. From products offering immediate results to ones that create a gradual glow, we ranked 10 self-tanners on color, streaking, scent and effectiveness for an overall score on a scale of 1 to 5. Read on to find out how some well-known products performed when our editors took them home.
Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer, SPF 20
Score: 5 out of 5
What WD had to say: Oil-free and noncomedogenic with SPF 20 protection, this moisturizer makes a nice addition to any beauty regimen (though most dermatologists recommend SPF 30 or higher). After four days of use, our reviewer noticed a small change in color-and was very relieved about that. "I did mix it with my regular face lotion for the extra SPF. It gives just a slight tint and I wouldn't want much more than that on my face." Photo courtesy of Jergens.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Score: 5 out of 5
What WD had to say: Formulated with vitamin E and antioxidants, this body lotion can be used on a daily basis and is available in "firming," to reduce the appearance of cellulite, or "revitalizing," for a healthier glow. The reviewer found results were slow to appear at first, so she wasn't sure if she was using it correctly. But once the color did appear, she found that "Jergens did not streak, the color is natural and it has no scent." Photo courtesy of Jergens.
Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Flawless Airbrush Instant Bronze Body Spray
Score: 4.75 out of 5
What WD had to say: This spray tan works quickly, providing instant color that you can wash off after use. Unlike lotions, this product offers fast, short-term results. Our reviewer found that there was no streaking and the color was very natural, but noted that you definitely have to massage it in. "When you first spray it on it looks rather dark, but once you rub it in, it fades to a nice light tan color. I wore it on a very hot day with light-colored clothing and it didn't rub off on anything." Photo courtesy of Victoria's Secret.
Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse, SPF 15
Score: 4 out of 5
What WD had to say: For use on the face and body, this "mousse" moisturizes your skin while also protecting it with SPF 15. The results are slow to appear-our reviewer didn't notice a change in skin tone until two days later. "But then it was a light, sun-kissed look, nothing too different, which I liked. I did have some discoloration around my feet and ankles, but otherwise there was no streaking and it was a nice bronze color." Photo courtesy of Clarins.
Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream
Score: 4 out of 5
What WD had to say: This cream's caramel color helps guide application by showing the user exactly where it needs to be rubbed in. The cocoa butter-infused lotion also has a nice, creamy texture. "The results were very light, and I have a very fair complexion so I was relieved that despite slathering it on, I didn't turn orange and ended up, instead, with a barely there bronzy glow-sans streaks." Photo courtesy of Clarins.
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L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer
Score: 3.5 out of 5
What WD had to say: If you want to add some shimmer and glimmer to your complexion, then this bronzer could be a fun pick. But be warned: The results are quick and dramatic. Plus, shimmer isn't for everyone. "This might be geared toward a younger user because it says 'golden illumination' on the bottle, which apparently means lots and lots of sparkles. Overall it's decent. It does have that suntan lotion smell, but it wasn't orange and didn't streak." Photo courtesy of L'Oréal.
Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs
Score: 3.5 out of 5 What WD had to say: The tanning from this product is more gradual, so results aren't too dramatic. The bottle touts its "shave minimizing" qualities, but the Nivea website explains that having a tan "makes the hair look less noticeable," so it was a little confusing for our reviewer. "Though it may be great for your legs, I would prefer to use a product I could apply all over my body. It's a little weird to have tan legs and white arms." Photo courtesy of Nivea.
Lancôme Flash Bronzer for Body, Leg and Face
Score: 3.25 out of 5
What WD had to say: An instant bronzer that works quickly and has caramel coloring for accurate application. However, the color is so dramatic there is a risk for uneven skin tone if not applied carefully. "It comes out of the tube in a dark color, but I do think this actually helps in the application because you can see exactly where you haven't rubbed it in enough. I did have some streaking around my feet and the color was slightly orange." Photo courtesy of Lancôme.
Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Daily Glow Gradual Tan Moisturizer, SPF 15
Score: 2.5 out of 5
What WD had to say: Though the results are supposed to be light and gradual, our reviewer already had a slight tan and found the results weren't noticeable at all. "I have a pretty good base already, and I used it for four days and cannot tell any difference. I didn't notice any streaking, but I did mix it with my normal lotion each time I applied." Photo courtesy of Victoria's Secret.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection Self-Tanning Milk for Body
Score: 2 out of 5
What WD had to say: Easy to apply with fast results, but users have to be very careful when applying, because there is a risk of streaking since the color isn't gradual. Our reviewer saw changes in skin color within the first hour, but also ended up with streaks, even though she exfoliated. "I didn't mix any lotion with this product. The color was natural and it had a nice scent, though I would not use this product again." Photo courtesy of Estée Lauder.
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