Self-tanning season is upon us again, but choosing a self-tanner can be a difficult process. In order to achieve a streak-free, sun-kissed glow from head to toe, one must be aware of a few simple facts.
The basic rules have not changed. Dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA, is the active ingredient in all self-tanners. It causes a chemical reaction with the amino acids in dead skin cells, resulting in the production of melanoidins, which give your skin the desired tan appearance. Application tips also remain the same. Exfoliate your body and apply on dry, moisturized skin.
What has changed, though, are the creative ways in which more modern self-tanners can be applied. Many products offer beneficial skincare ingredients, and some self-tanners are incorporated into other beauty products. BWB is bringing you its selection of summer favorites.
Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum
Self Tanning Anti Age Serum by Vita Liberata addresses the skin’s needs while flawlessly producing a tanned effect. This serum uses peptides and Matrixyl 3000 to encourage the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, all while adding a little color to your face. If used on its own, it produces a more intense tan; however, when combined with moisturizer, it produces a subtler look.
For the rest of the body, Vita Liberata takes tanning to a new level with their 2-3 Week Tan Mousse. You can control the depth of your tan by choosing how long you leave it on. One hour: sun-kissed. Two hours: golden bronze. Three hours: lusciously dark. Odorless and easy to apply, the mousse truly lasts for days! Tip: use their tanning mitt to keep the hands tan-free.
James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm
Coconut Melting Tanning Balm is James Read’s newest launch and it’s already a cult favorite. Made with 100% organic coconut oil, this magical mixture melts into the skin. Re-apply for a deeper glow, or just because you love the way it makes your skin feel.
Suntegrity “5 in 1” Natural Tinted Moisturizing Face sunscreen SPF 30
Suntegrity has already made a name for themselves with their “5-in-1” Natural Tinted Moisturizing Face Sunscreen, and they do not disappoint with their “5 in 1” Natural Self Tanner. They derive their DHA self-tanning agent from sugar beets, combining it with botanical extracts and organic oils. This non-greasy cream feels weightless and absorbs immediately, leaving behind the gentle smell of coconut and a sun-kissed glow.
Avène Moisturizing Self-Tanning Silky Gel
Avène’s Moisturizing Self-Tanning Silky Gel reminds us, once again, why so many people are loyal to this skincare company. The combination of Avène Thermal Spring Water, triglycerides, and vitamin E delivers a load of anti-oxidants to the skin while leaving behind a great tan. Simple and easy, it’s a great go-to for everyone.
Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel
Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel is perfect for those who want a light sheen of color. It penetrates immediately into hydrated skin and shows off its effects right away. This is a great option for those who are going for a healthy, natural look.
With these five skincare saviors, self-tanning does not need to be complicated. The rules are simple and the result is golden skin, free of exposure to the sun’s harsh rays.
Vanessa Baumann has been a licensed, medical aesthetician in New York for over twenty-three years, working with some of Manhattan’s top plastic surgeons. Choosing to change gears and express herself through her love of writing, she is now a freelance writer and beauty editor. Vanessa also may be found on Facebook and Instagram, sharing her knowledge of skincare products, advice, and the quest for glowing skin.