Do It Yourself – Choose the Best Sunless Self Tanner and Bronzer for You Today

woman with tan skinNothing looks healthier and more radiant than the sun-kissed glow of a tan! The problem is that an all-over, rich, deep, dark  tan takes time in the sun. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you don’t live in the tropics or work outdoors. Besides, thanks to today’s mass communications, we now know extended exposure to the sun can be unsafe and healthy. Not only have we heard about sun-caused cancers, it’s pretty clear that excessive sun exposure damages and ages the skin and is a cause of premature wrinkling.

How to Tan Without the Sun

You can get a short-term look of tan with cosmetics called bronzers. Mostly powders, but also lotions, they are makeup
products that give you a temporary sunny glow and then wash off. Choose a color just a little darker than your natural skin tone and apply it with a brush over your face and neck. You can put a little bit of color on your bare chest and arms, too. Then a touch of blush can give your cheeks that sun-touched just-back-from-vacation look!

But for something you can count on longer-term to keep you looking tan, advanced cosmetic research and technology has developed a variety of methods and products that can produce a natural looking tan without exposing you to the risks of baking in the sun for hours. Most sunless products are designed to stain the skin with dyeing agents most commonly dihydroxyacetone and euythrulose. Both ingredients are FDA approved and considered safe-but smelly.

Best Sunless Self Tanners

If you want to do it yourself at home, rather than go to a tanning salon, sunless tanning has come a long way since the early days of the white, gooey, offensive smelling applications that resulted in orange, streaked skin. Today self-tanning and bronzing products are available in a variety of formulas including lotions, gels, foams, sprays, and towelettes. Let’s look at some of the best-selling self tanners for the golden-skin worshippers of 2014.

Fake Bake Flawless is a liquid sunless tanning product. The pleasant tropical fragrance and non greasy formula is easy to apply. Fake Bake Flawless is sold with an application mitt to prevent staining hands. Without parabens or preservatives, this is a best sunless tanner for fair skin.

Sun Laboratories Ultra Dark Self-Tanning Lotion is formulated to deliver a deep tan for face and body. Enjoy the effects of a natural looking tan year around with the Ultra Dark Self-Tanning Lotion. The natural sugar-based formula produces instant color and prevents streaking on any skin type. A dark tan sets in 3 hours. This lotion is fortified with moisturizer like Aloe to leave skin hydrated and radiant.

Tan Physics True Color Sunless Tanner’s sugar based formula contains the highest quality FDA approved ingredients including peptides, amino acids, caramel and fruit extracts. The blend of Agron Oil, Vitamin E, Matrixyl, coconut oil, aloe vera and hydroloyzed collagen work to improve the strength and elasticity of the skin. A dual action lotion, Tan Physics True Color Sunless Tanner delivers a natural color WHILE providing conditioning and nourishing care.  Dermotologist approved, Formula 12 works on all complexions, tones and skin types.

Restore Skin Care’s TAN-TA-LIZE Self Tanning Lotion is formulated to provide a natural looking tan that lasts for days. The pleasant coconut, lime fragrance delivers a cream application rich in antioxidants.  Skin drinks in the Shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, Vitamin E and collagen, Hylanronic acid, tea and honey extract – emollients that condition while the natural, bronze color kisses the body with a healthy glow. Tan-ta-lize Self Tanning Lotion is offered with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Australian Gold’s New Jwoww Tanning Lotion ((One and Done)) Advance Black Bronzer was introduced in 2012. Last year it was a best bronzer in the category. Infused with a JWOWW proprietary black walnut blend this tanning lotion is also rich with yogurt, pear and black currant oils, Vitamin E, and Shea butter to produce smooth, radiant skin tones.

 Nada De Sol Organic Sunless Self Tanner, as an organic spray, is a best sunless tanner for the face and body. This product boasts the benefits of Liposone Technology and offers the benefits of a perfect tan with sunless treatments. Nada De Sol Organic Sunless Self Tanner produces resistant natural color in hours and it hydrates, conditions and tightens the skin with each application.

 Best Bronzers

Not superficial cosmetics, some sunless tanners, also called bronzers, are used in conjunction with tanning beds to decrease your exposure to the lights and increase their skin darkening effects. If winter has left you with pale skin and you’re heading for the tanning salon, you’ll want the best bronzer for pale skin you can find. Here are some best-selling products to take with you:

Millenium Tanning New Solid Black Bronzer Tanning Bed Lotion 100x marries luxury and technology. The accelerator is ultra-advanced with a silicone bronzer using auto-darkening tan technology. It’s a lotion great for producing a deep, dark and sexy color tone. Fortified with moisturizers this tan enhancer and bronzer bathe the skin with a fresh, orchard blush fragrance.

Australian Gold Jwoww Black Bronzer Dark Tanning Oil offers an extreme dark tan with a rich emulsion of black currant and kukui oils. The protective power of blended vitamins and Hemp seed extract hydrate and moisturize skin leaving it soft and supple.

Millenium Tanning New Paint It Black Auto-darkening Dark Tanning Lotion 50x is designed to accelerate the tanning experience up with Auto Darkening Tan Technology. The clean, cotton blossom scented lotion is rich with a silicone emulsion blend leaving skin fresh, conditioned and visibly firmer! Millenium Tanning New Paint It Black delivers extreme dark bronze, tanning results!


Any tanning is only skin deep, so for a continuous tan, reapplication and maintenance are important. For best results follow these spray tan tips for all kinds of sunless tanning products:

  • Learn to be still following application add at least 10 minutes to the time recommended for best results
  • Exfoliate before application to slough off dry skin and smooth rough patches
  • Make sure every inch of skin is completely dry before applying products
  • Start your application at the feet and work up the body
  • Less is more on the face (light application)
  • Streaked areas may be cleaned by rubbing ½ lemon on stain
  • Skin treatments dry you out – Wash with gentle cleansers and MOISTURIZE

Hempz Herbal Moisturizer is a best seller made from 100% pure hemp seed oil. The rich lotionmoisturizes, hydrates andnourishes skin. The essence of ginseng, Shea butter and other natural extracts calms and soothes. Vitamins A, C, D and E protect against environmental oxidants. Used as directedHempz Herbal Moisturizer helps improve the appearance and condition of the skin.

tanned couple walking on Caribean beach