Hi Friends!! If you remember I asked on Instagram and Facebook for self tanner recommendations. I was specifically looking for something for my face so I wouldn’t look quite so ghostly all Winter. In this post I rounded up the top responses you all were kind enough to give me. Today I am going to review the top 3 sunless tanners recommended by all of you!!
Sunless Tanner Review
My face gets super pale in the Winter months. I live in New England and we don’t get enough direct sunlight to meet our vitamin D needs, let alone get any kind of glow. My pale Winter skin really accentuates my lovely dark undereye circles. So anyway – I reached out to all of you for help. I’m super appreciative of those who replied. There were so many good options but wanted to try each sunless tanner several times to form a solid opinion and get this up before Spring.
The Clarins Glow Booter are drops of tanner you add into your own face lotion. I’m slightly particular about the ingredients of my lotion so I liked this idea. The tan is gradual and looks more like slight sun rather than a tan. At first I really loved the product but I didn’t find the tan really progressed at all. The “glow” was faint and I probably wouldn’t purchase this again based on the results and price.
This was the most dramatic tan. I applied the St. Tropez Express foam the morning I was heading out to shoot pictures for this post with Nike. The tan starts to develop very quickly and was more of a tan than a glow. It went on smoothly with a mitt and wasn’t streaky considering how dark the tan was.
While I would use this product again, I forewarn you it wore off a lot on my clothing. While it seemed to wash out I know from other self tanners my white clothes and sheets eventually look dingy from dark sunless tanners. The St. Tropez Tan Express actually wore off worse the day after I application shortly after I showered. So while the tan was really deep it also tanned one of my favorite white shirts and my white bed sheets. This is something I’m used to from spray tans but something to keep in mind when deciding which product is right for you.
This product was a lot more subtle than the St. Tropez foam. The R&F sunless tan foam builds a tan with a couple applications (which you can apply a few hours apart). My concern with both foams this time of year was that they might streak if I applied them over lotion. My face is SO DRY after I wash it. So while it’s not advised to apply this over lotion, I did, and I didn’t notice streaking. I also used this on my arms and chest and it went on evenly.
If you have very fair skin this is likely a better option than the St. Tropez Express. I didn’t apply enough rounds to make this tan as dark at the St. Tropez tan but I definitely made my face look healthier while still being Winter appropriate. No one wants to be the girl with the bright orange “tan” in the middle of February and this Rodan and Fields sunless tanner wouldn’t make you “that girl”.
What’s your favorite sunless tanner? Drop a comment below! I really want to try this face oil many of you recommended but I’m trying to use up some of these other sunless tanners before I purchase more.
Addendum: I forgot to mention in the warmer months I have a home spray tan set-up. This is the exact set up I have. It paid for itself in 3 tans (factoring in that I would have to pay a sitter to get to a tanning salon). If you can stomach having someone (a friend or spouse) spray you (it’s a very up close and personal view) I LOVE my home spray tans. The video in this post will give you an idea of what it looks like when I spray tan at home. It’s too cold for me to do them in the Winter – I’m majorly averse to the cold.