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Best Self Tanners for Summer 2018

Best Self Tanners for Summer 2018

With so many fake tan options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you’re brand new to self tanning or are a seasoned expert who loves to bronze all year round, the SkinStore Beauty Editor Team have put together our favorite self tanners for Summer 2017.

Why should you use a Self Tanner?

As we discovered in our exclusive SkinStore Suncare Survey, sunbathing and it’s well published risks are a real issue for women across America. Not only does long term sun exposure cause fine lines, wrinkles and dehydrated skin, but the correlating between sunbathing and skin cancer is real. When we asked you, 51% of SkinStore customers were worried about developing premature aging and 48% were concerned about developing skin cancer. As skincare specialists La Roche-Posay told us,

The American Academy of Dermatology cites that experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15-20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80% and non-melanoma skin cancer risk by 68%.

So, not only does using a self tanner give you a glow in a fraction of the time it would take for you to achieve one from laying out in the sun, it is totally safe and risk-free. In fact, self tanners also often contain added skincare benefits, such as helping to moisturize and hydrate the skin all day long.

And remember – if you do choose to expose yourself to the sun, please always use face and body SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

We have selected some of our favorite SPF products are below.

How do you use a Self Tanner?

Although all self tanners are slightly different and you should always read the instructions before applying, the majority of fake tans are usually applied in a similar way. Over the years, the SkinStore Beauty Editor Team has experimented with many different self tans and our steps for the best use of a self tanner are below:

  • Shower and exfoliate your body from top to toe before application – you want a smooth canvas to avoid streaky coverage
  • After showing, apply a plain moisturizer to your knees, elbows and in between your fingers – this will prevent any nasty orange patches around these dry and delicate areas
  • Always use a tanning mitt or glove to apply product – this will help you evenly distribute the tan around your body and prevent orange hands!
  • Use circular motions to apply – gently and evenly use circles to massage the product into your body
  • Ask a friend to help you – you don’t want any pale patches left on hard to reach places like the back of your shoulders
  • Exfoliate your hands after application – this will stop any tan stains from building up on your hands, which would be a dead giveaway that your glow is faux!
  • Use a tan accelerator or extender to maintain your tan – these specialist products will help extend your bronzed body for as long as possible

Products to help you apply your self tan:

Beauty Editor’s Best Self Tanners for Summer 2017

Here on the SkinStore Beauty Editor Team, we’ve tried and tested many different brands, formulas and finishes of self tanners. Based on our experiences, we’ve put together our top fake tans for Summer 2017…

 

  1. Madame La La Tan - Regular
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    Madame La La Tan - Regular

    Madame La La’s Tan is a favorite here on the SkinStore Beauty Editor team not only for it’s long lasting color, but for it’s standout skincare benefits.

    Containing Coco Water sourced from Baja California (Mexico), Vitamins A & E, and Aloe Vera Extract and Green Tea Extract, the tan works to hydrate the skin, help to firm, tone and improve elasticity all while giving you a safe, sunless tan.

    We like shade Regular as it gives a nice medium tan, lasting for up to 10 days and fading naturally without any pesky streaks or lines.

     

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  2. Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finisher - Medium (100ml)
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    Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finisher - Medium (100ml)

    SkinStore’s Beauty Editor Team lovingly refer to the Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finisher as ‘Photoshop in a bottle‘. It has an unrivaled power to blue out any imperfections on your body, just as your favorite skin-smoothing app would!

    This can be used on the face and body, alone or under foundation as the ultimate makeup prep, and delivers an instant tan while reflecting light for a HD photo-ready skin finish. You seriously have to try this one to experience it!

     

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  3. St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Lotion (200ml)
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    St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Lotion (200ml)

    St. Tropez are the queens of fake tan and they’re one brand that the SkinStore Beauty Editor team constantly go back to. Although we love how many different varieties of tan they do, the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Lotion is one of the easiest to use.

    Simply apply as desired morning or night in circular motions across the face and body for a gradually build-able tan, giving you the perfect natural bronze. This is SkinStore Beauty Editor Emma’s go-to tan this Summer.

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  4. By Terry Terrybly Sunbooster Serum 50ml
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    By Terry Terrybly Sunbooster Serum 50ml

    From one of the newest brands available on SkinStore comes the By Terry’s Terrybly Sunbooster Serum. One of SkinStore Health and Beauty Expert Lydia’s favorite cosmetics brands, the Sunbooster Serum strengthen, plump and intensely hydrate your complexion while giving it a subtle bronze all year long.

    Simply apply every morning and evening to face and décolleté to hydrate and tan your complexion without any nasty chemicals.

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  5. Dermablend Leg and Body Make-Up Liquid Foundation with SPF25 for Medium Coverage and All-day Hydration (Various Shades)
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    Dermablend Leg and Body Make-Up Liquid Foundation with SPF25 for Medium Coverage and All-day Hydration (Various Shades)

    Not strictly a self tan, the Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup with SPF25 still makes it into the SkinStore Beauty Editor’s favorite’s for it’s ability to magically mask any body imperfections and give a subtle, all-over smoothing effect.

    Utilizing high-performance pigments, this is a fluid foundation created especially for use on the body. It offers extremely high coverage and glides onto skin and effortlessly to not only conceal the skin but to contour and enhance the body.

    SkinStore Makeup Expert Anna always goes back to this as her last-minute leg savior for any special occasions.

     

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  6. James Read Tan Accelerator 200ml
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    James Read Tan Accelerator 200ml

    The James Read Tan Accelerator is the perfect accompaniment to any tan, real or fake! This is a a colorless formula that works to speed up the natural tanning process and extends your golden glow, however you’ve achieved it.

    Blending a subtle amount of fake tan with Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid and Monks Pepper, the formula intensely hydrates and moisturizes whilst promoting a longer lasting tan.

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Remember, you can shop a wide range of self tanners on SkinStore now.



Katie

Katie

Beauty Editor

Beauty is my absolute passion and even having worked in the Beauty Industry for six years, I still love to spend my spare time trying out new discoveries. From red lipsticks to electrical facial devices, I'm always willing to trial the next best beauty product. When I'm not at work I try to explore the USA, so I'm always on the hunt for mini beauty samples to pop in my travel bag for my next flight to NYC.


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