Your Favorite Sunless Tanning Product

  1. OK, folks. Would like a bit of color for the spring and summer and fall (heck the entire year!).

    But don't wanna sun.

    What have you used that works well -- not irritating, nice color, E-Z to use, doesn't streak, and not super-expensive?

    Help us avoid melanoma and premature aging.

  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    If I ever get the chance---and it becomes more widely available AND affordable---I want to try that spray-on tan they're doing in salons now. It looks more natural than the products in stores, doesn't streak, and it's supposed to last longer.

    Does anyone else remember QT? It was the first fake tanning product, and it turned most people a peculiar shade of orange.......yuck! I once caught my then-three YO daughter with a handful of the stuff as she was about to slather it on the white cat.......when asked why, she answered, "Spook needs a tan!".

    We've sure come a long way since then, but until "bottle tans" are perfected and/or less expensive, I'll take the real thing. Foolish, I know, but oh, so healthy-looking!
  4. by   nurseunderwater
    Neutragena - Orange bottle with a spray cap...approx 10 bucks

    I like it - it looks natural and covers evenly - just make sure to get it off your palms
  5. by   maddiecat
    I use Estee Lauder's Bronzing Self Tanning stuff. Expensive, but a tube lasts. The best thing is that it has a tint to it as you apply it so you know where you are putting it!
  6. by   PennyLane
    I second Neutrogena.
  7. by   Jedav
    I've tried ALOT over the years-the best by far has been "Faux Tan" which you can get on QVC ( It is so good that I used this for my wedding. I am very fair and could tan for a year and not be "bronze" looking.

    It has a cherry almond-like scent, doesn't make you stink post-application, no streaking, color guide so you can see where you are putting it, gives a natural, rich color (no orange here). It is more expensive than some, but well worth the penny (approximately $19.00-less than many department store brands).

    It is very popular and is often sold out on QVC-just FYI.

    One tip that I use for the back of my hands is to apply the tanner with surgical gloves on---then apply some self-tanner to a makeup sponge and rub evenly over the back of your hands/fingers,etc. This helps to avoid the "tanned palms."

    Anyone else have any tips???
  8. by   suzy253
    The April issue of IN STYLE magazine lists its yearly best beauty buys.
    They list Clarins Tinted Self Tanning Face Cream SPF 15 for the best self-tanner for face. $27.00

    and St. Tropez Self-Tanner for Body --most realistic 'meaning brown, not orange'...this one goes for $33.00 @ Sephora stores.

    They usually list more inexpensive brands, usually those available at your regular drug stores but I can't find them.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I take the CornSilk Shine Control Blushing Bronzer
    Loose Powder

    mix it with the CornSilk Shine Control Skin Brightening Loose Powder

    then mix in the Bonnie Bell Glimmer Bronze

    Mixing that all together and dusting it on give the skin a natural glow. Plus, no orange hands. And i use that mixture as a dust all over my face, using foundation only for the dark circles and zits.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Apr 2, '04
  10. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from mjlrn97
    ... Does anyone else remember QT? ...
    Gotta fess up. I do!

    Also remember mixing baby oil with iodine on the beach in Jersey for the "perfect tan."

    The story about Spook is a riot!!! :chuckle
  11. by   kbella1218
    Personally, I find the tanning bed relaxing and you get a long lasting tan that's pretty even. However since that isn't an option you want, try Toma's Tan Perfect, sometimes warehouse clubs or QVC has it. It's pretty good, with a natural color. Also, try looking at the product reviews on[/U] People on there rate the products and you don't have to! Good luck.
  12. by   suzy253
    Oh yeah...i remember QT.......QT=orange. *cringing when I think about it years ago*
  13. by   kitty29
    OK.......I've tried Endless Summer, and liked the tan except it discolored my clothes even tho I followed the instructions to the "T". Also didn't like that it made my bedding smell like the tan product even after a shower.

    When I wore shoes the next day...and all should have been settled, it all rubbed off under the shoes and boy that looked I'm not sure I like the stuff at all.

    PLUS my face broke-out so bad it took almost a month to clear!
  14. by   TinyNurse
    For the best in a "sunless tan", I would choose MAGIC TAN for the ultimate in sunless tanning. If you are looking for something to use at home, try "Skin Drench" instant self-tanning spray. it's an aerosol can, that sprays completely even and lasts forever!! a 6 oz can for 20 bucks at my local sally beauty supply.
    xo jen