I hate being pale. It doesn't look good on me. As an esthetician I have made it my job to stay clear from tanning beds and extreme amount of sunlight. So what does a girl that wants color do? self tan! There are so many different options out there and I feel that different self tan products work for different skin tones.
Below you will find self tanning products that I have used and I will rate them 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. Enjoy and please feel free to comment and provide me with any recommendations on other self tanners. ENJOY!
1) Million Dollar Tan Mermaid mousse extreme (body/face) - $32
Rating: 4 This self tanner gives a beautiful bronze medium glow. I use one for the face and body. It doesn't clog pores and has anti-aging as well as hydrating benefits. The tan is very natural and doesn't make the skin look dehydrated. I would give this product a 5 if the color was darker.
The color lasts for 3-4 days.
2) St. Tropez Express mousse (mainly for body but can be used on normal-dry face)- $ 44
Rating: 4 I LOVE the color pay off with the express mousse. I also love that I can choose the amount of color that I want. Wait just 1 hour before showering for a light sun kissed glow, 2 hours for a medium golden tan, or leave on for up to 3 hours for a deeper, darker bronze, to suit your skin tone. St. Tropez has more of a brownish-olive tone which is fantastic for me because I'm very pink so it tends to eliminate it. There is no self tan scent and it is *quick drying (1-3 minutes), non sticky, and non steak. My only complaint is that if i choose to use it on my face it does feel a tad bit dehydrated. I've tried the face self tanner by them but the color pay off was not as good as the express or dark.
The color lasts for 2-3 days
3) tarte Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self Tanner- $39
Rating: 3Tarte uses their Maracuja oil in this self tanner to help brighten and replenish the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties in it that protect the skin against free-radical damage. The color pay off is pretty minimal. I'd say it's great for someone who is looking for a warm natural glow and not a medium to deep color. I do like that it doesn't dehydrate my skin and it doesn't seep into fine lines and pores. Some complained about the scent. I'd say it's minimal but you do smell it even after showering. Also, It dries within 5 minutes.
4) Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse & Tanning Mitt Duo (medium)- $54
Rating: 3 1/2 I got this self tanner as a deluxe sample. The color pay off was around light/almost medium. They advertise the color to last 2-3 weeks but mine lasted around 4-6 days. Vita Liberata pHenomenal comes in fair,medium, and dark. The dry time is around 5 minutes. The medium color has a warm bronze glow. I don't think that it's worth $54 and I feel like you could find the same results with a cheaper product.
*All of these products are fantastic but first place goes to St. Tropez for a dark deep tan. Second place goes to Million Dollar Tan. Third place Tarte Brizilliance.