Best Sunless Tanning Solutions

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Sunless tanning products are the fastest and as far as we know, safest way to go. Just put some on and in a short time you have a nice tan that could take weeks to achieve in the sun. Not to mention sunless tanners vastly reduce the chances of wrinkles, premature aging, skin cancer and age spots due to the sun. Another great thing is that you can have a tan all year round and beat those winter blues!

Finding a good self tanning lotion can be difficult though as many have been known to give you that orange look, create streaks, stain clothing, melt off, smell, etc.  There are tons of different products out on the market but who wants to spend money on something unless they know it works? Not me! So hopefully this guide will help you find a good sunless tanner that meets your expectations! This guide contains the best sunless tanning solutions with the highest ratings as well as plenty of reviews to read.

Also check out our reviews of the best organic self tanners

Reviews of the Best Sunless Tanning Solutions

Thermalabs Self-Tanning Towelettes Glow2Go

Best Sunless Tanning SolutionsThermalabs Self-Tanning Towelettes Glow2Go is a brand new product that just made it’s debut in 2015 and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. Many products have been out on the market for some time and to already be on the top this quickly says a lot. This product comes with 20 towelettes that are guaranteed to be streak free and waterproof. It is made with 70% organic body cream and works for all skin types no matter how fair or dark your complexion may be. Once you apply this self tanner it takes about 4 hours for a natural looking tan to appear. It also has a nice storage system so you can pull one towelette out at a time with a ‘press to open’ area so you don’t have to open the entire box.

I also like the fact that you can easily transport these. Unlike lotions that occasionally leak or crack, this product is completely sealed in a packet. The reviews on this product are fantastic and there are plenty of before and after photos to prove these towelettes work. So go and check it out! :)

Thermalabs Natural Self Tanner The Golden Standard

Best Sunless Tanning SolutionsAnother product made by the same company as the previous review is Thermalabs Natural Self Tanner The Golden Standard. Seriously, this company must know what they are doing to hold the top two rated self tanners. This moisturizing, organic self tanner gives you a streak free, natural looking tan within 4 hours that is also waterproof. As an added bonus you will receive a free guide – “Self Tan Secrets”. I’ll take it!

Just like their previous product, there are many outstanding reviews and a few before and after photos to look at. The only real difference between this and the towelettes are that most people prefer to apply this before bed time and let it work its magic over night. Of course there’s always personal preference between the lotion and towelettes as well!

Darksyde Ultra Bronze Self Tanning Lotion

Best Sunless Tanning SolutionsDarksyde Ultra Bronze Self Tanning Lotion is gaining popularity especially among those with fairer skin. So if you have a light complexion then you’ll definitely want to give this a try. This lotion is sulfate free and infused with botanical oils as well as aloe vera to keep your skin soft and hydrated. It is great for achieving a perfect, streak free tan as the bronzed tint allows you to see where it has already been applied. Upon initial application, the lotion appears to have a green color but turns into a deep, natural looking tan within 1-4 hours. The fragrance is light and does not give off that generic and offensive self tanner smell.

I also love the fact that the lotion is quickly absorbed into your skin and dries very fast so you don’t have to worry about it ruining your clothes. If any does get on your clothing, all you have to do is wash it and it comes right out! Sounds like a keeper to me!

Tanwise Dark Bronzing Sunless Mousse

best sunless tanning solutionsTanwise Dark Bronzing Sunless Mousse is another great self tanner with high ratings. This product is a mousse and has a different texture than the standard sunless tanning lotions. It has a watery consistency and doesn’t give off a nasty odor which is nice. If too much is applied it can feel very sticky so a little goes a long way with this stuff. This lotion is very dark in color right out of the bottle but don’t panic. It develops into a really nice deep, rich, and natural looking tan which lasts anywhere from 3-7 days. It is also easy to avoid streaking as you can clearly see where you have applied the mousse. When you apply this product I would definitely recommend using gloves so you don’t stain your hands.

I will say that this product received a lot of reviews regarding how beautiful the color was. :)

Fake Bake Flawless

Best Sunless Tanning SolutionsFake Bake Flawless is one of the most popular self tanners on the market. This liquid sunless tanner is not meant to be sprayed directly on the skin but instead uses a professional mitt for application. This mitt is great for even application, buffing the product in, and preventing streaks. I would recommend washing the mitt after every application as it helps keep it soft and in great shape. Fake Bake Flawless is also another one that is very popular among people with lighter complexions. It is also one of the best smelling self tanners out there, hands down. It dries quickly after putting it on and gives you a great, natural looking tan.

Additionally, the price is already low for a self tanner but getting the mitt is an added bonus. So if you think you’d like this stuff then check it out! :)

Types of Sunless Tanners and How They Work

There are different types of sunless tanners such as sprays, lotions, towelettes, mousses, gels, foams, etc. All of them essentially work the same way and it really depends on your personal preference. The majority of these products contain DHA or dihydroxyacetone which is not to be confused with a dye. This causes a chemical with the amino acids on the surface of your skin to replicate a tan. This process is different from UV exposure in that it works similar to the browning of food such as fruits. The effects of self tanners do not last very long and fade in about a week or so. Continuous applications are required to maintain a tanned appearance. If you would like to read a more in depth explanation, you can check that out here.

 Are Sunless Tanners Safe?

This question is really up to debate so it’s hard to say. There hasn’t been many studies regarding the effects of DHA and other products included in sunless tanners. Concerning risks include inhalation of DHA, effects on amino acids, effects on nucleic acids, free radicals, mutations and more. Although there is not a whole lot known, precautions should always be taken. Here is a recommended list of safety tips when applying sunless tanners.

  • It is highly recommended to avoid sunlight for at least 24 hours after applying a self tanner. Your skin is highly susceptible to UV exposure within this time frame. Studies have shown that high amounts of free radicals have formed on skin using self tanners that contain DHA and similar products.
  • Prolonged sun exposure should be avoided when using self tanners. These products do not protect the skin from UV radiation whatsoever. Some self tanners do contain sunscreen but this shortly wears off and applying additional is recommended.
  • Using an antioxidant cream might be a good idea when going outside as this could lessen radical production.
  • Be aware that some self tanners contain fragrances that could cause adverse reactions to your skin.
  • When applying self tanners be sure to protect your eyes and be careful not to inhale or ingest the product. The effects of this are not well known and should be avoided.

If you want to read some more information on self tanning and safety, you can find it here.

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