1. St. Tropez
Gradual Tan 1-Minute Everyday Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse, $28, beautyBOUTIQUE.ca
This brand continues to formulate innovative self tanners like their latest launch — a first in the beauty biz. A pre-shower treatment, simply apply this clear gel onto dry skin and let it sit for one minute before rinsing off in the shower. The result is a gradual, natural tan.
Instant Smooth Golden Glow, $36, clarins.ca
This cream delivers a gradual natural-looking tan that intensifies with regular application. Not only does the formula leave your skin with a radiant finish but it also helps to hide imperfections like fine lines and large pores.
3. Hard Candy
Glow All the Way in Tropical Tan, $9, walmart.ca
Boasting it’s infused with 24 carat gold (yes you read that right), this lightweight formula for face and body gives you the best of both worlds. It provides an instant hit of colour while gradually building a darker tan on your skin over time.
4. Drunk Elephant
D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum, $36, sephora.com
This sunshine-in-a-bottle gives you the best of both worlds. Marula and black currant seed oils hydrate and nourish the skin while bronzing pigments leave you with a healthy just-back-from-vacay glow. Add one pump to your fave serum, moisturizer or even your sunscreen for a hint of tint.
5. Vita Liberata
Invisi Foaming Tan Water, $49, vitaliberatacanada.com
Organic botanicals provide skin with a hydrating, anti-aging treatment while the clear, water-like formula means there’s no fear of it transferring onto your clothes. In other words, it’s the ideal formula for on-the-go application.
Aqua Gelée Autobronzante Face Self-Tanning Serum, $40, biotherm.ca
Containing the brand’s signature life plankton along with hyaluronic acid, this lightweight tanning serum will seriously hydrate your skin. Swap out your daily serum for this version when you want a naturally illuminated complexion.
7. Charlotte Tilbury
Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, $65, charlottetilbury.com
This innovative mask provides your skin with a beachy glow overnight. Oat kernel extract helps reduce redness, soothe and hydrate your skin while the natural tanning pigments impart a streak-free natural finish.
Natural Glow Instant Sun, $10, walmart.ca
A quick-dry formula (it’s gone in 60 seconds) and easy to blend mousse texture make this self tanner a cinch to apply while the formula works with your natural skin tone to create a bespoke glow.
Hoola Zero Tanlines Allover Body Bronzer, $40, sephora.com
With a handy sponge applicator housed in the cap, this gel body bronzer was born from the brand’s cult classic Hoola Bronzer. It gives skin a transfer-resistant, streak-free natural matte finish that stays put for up to 12-hours.
Terracotta Rêve d’Été Tinted Skincare Jelly, $55, thebay.com
With its translucent gel texture, this fuss-free face tanner turns from a refreshing gel to an easy-to-blend liquid once it hits your skin. It’s packed with minerals vitamins C and E for a nourishing boost.
Moisturizing Self-Tanner, $25, beautyBOUTIQUE.ca
Guaranteeing a gradual, natural-looking tan, this easy-to-use lotion is formulated for sensitive skin, has a gel-like texture that smooths on easily and absorbs quickly so your skin is left hydrated with no sticky residue.
12. James Read
H2O Illuminating Tan Mist for the Body, $45, one2oneonline.com
Formulated with organic rose water, hyaluronic acid and golden light reflecting particles, this spray on mist applies clear on your skin while providing a gradual sun-kissed tan that lasts up to five days.
13. Dr Hauschka
Translucent Bronzing Tint, $41, amazon.ca
Containing olive oil, beeswax and mineral pigments, this naturally tinted liquid is foolproof to use. Just add a few drops to your daily moisturizer for a natural, sun-kissed look.
Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil Mist, $70, sephora.com
Swapping out parabens, sulfates or phthalates for argan oil, hibiscus and chamomile extract, this eco-certified tanning mist delivers a buildable, transfer-resistant, streak-free glow that lasts up to three days.
15. L’Oréal Paris
Sublime Bronze Summer Express Washable Body Bronzer Lotion, $19, well.ca
Get an instant glow with this buildable formula. It’s sweat and transfer resistant, so you don’t need to worry about getting streaks on your go-to summer dress. It’s also zero commitment, since it washes off when you hop in the shower.
16. Sisley Paris
Sun Glow Gel, $115, holtrenfrew.com
This ultra-luxe tinted gel contains hydrating plant extracts and light reflecting golden pigments that enhance your natural skin tone. Plus, it glides on easily — without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Idéal Soleil Self Tanner, $26, vichy.ca
Whether your skin is dry, oily or somewhere in between, this moisturizing milk will give you an even glow. Safe for use on the face and body, it contains vitamin E to give your tan staying power and helps to hydrate skin for up to 12 hours.
Huile Prodigieuse Or Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, $36, thebay.com
This cult body oil (and fave among French women) just got a makeover. It now contains Tsubaki and Argan oil to nourish the skin while imparting a foolproof finish for a subtle golden glow, making it perfect for first time self-tanners of all skin tones.