• Pros: Easy to apply, feels undetectable on skin, buildable glow, long-lasting
  • Cons: Has that very recognizable fake tan smell

Best Drugstore Face Tanner: Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer With SPF 20 Sunscreen

Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer with SPF 20 Sunscreen

When as natural as possible is your ultimate goal, Jergens is your bestie. The drugstore brand offers both a face lotion and a body lotion, and both are more like daily moisturizers than self-tanners, but offer a hint of color that gradually darkens the more you use it. “I love this because you can get a flawless, quick, gradual tan that mimics results from the sun,” says Rachel Lozina, a licensed esthetician and founder of Blue Water Spa in Oyster Bay, New York. “It’s easy to apply and provides streak free results without any funny odor.”

We’re big fans, too. “I love that this formula has an instant tint—that way I can get the color right away and I can see what I’m doing without streaks,” says Glamour contributor Bella Cacciatore. “It looks great instantly and gradually deepens into the perfect shade.”

Type: Lotion / Usage: Apply as you would any other moisturizer / Development time: 4 hours

  • Pros: Easy to apply, non-comedogenic, oil-free, contains SPF
  • Cons: Color may be too light for some users preference

Best Face-Tanning Lotion: Beauty By Earth Self Tanner Lotion

Beauty By Earth Self Tanner Lotion

Another favorite of Gunn’s, this vegan, non-comedogenic lotion (also available as a tanning mousse, if you prefer) is suitable for both the body and the face, lending excellent overall value. “It’s quick to dry, and will give you a nice glow like you’ve been to the beach in just a few hours,” she says.

Our testers like the US-made product, too. “I love that the tanning lotion goes on clear, so you don’t have to worry about staining sheets or clothes,” says Glamour tester Isabelle Halpern. “Plus, it smells like coconut and develops gradually over eight hours for the best self tan I’ve had.”

Type: Lotion / Usage: Apply as you would any other moisturizer / Development time: 8 hours

  • Pros: Easy to apply, vegan, non-comedogenic, can be used on the face and body, great scent
  • Cons: Longer development time than some

Best Self-Tanning Face Mist: St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

For the ultimate convenience, consider this tanning water face mist by St. Tropez. “It’s super easy to use,” says Gunn. “I simply use a couple spritzes before my nightly skin care routine and wake up the next morning with beautiful bronzed and glowy skin.” Despite the ease of use, testers told us it offered a long-lasting tan. “For me, applying a few days a week is perfect, but applying each day will help the shade get noticeably darker if you’re looking for that,” says Gunn.

We love that it’s packed with hyaluronic acid, too, so the skin benefits go deeper. Our editors note that this makes the product a particularly good choice for dry skin, particularly if you’ve found other face tanners to by drying or irritating.

Type: Spray / Usage: Spray five to six full pumps onto clean dry skin / Development time: 4 to 8 hours

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