Some quality self-tanning lotions include L'Oreal Sublime Bronze, Clinique Self Sun, Equate Beauty and St. Tropez Self Tan, according to Consumer Reports. Self-tanners are chemicals that produce amino acids. These acids darken the top layers of the skin.
The products reviewed by Consumer Reports were either sprays or lotions. Of the six reviewed, four ended up being recommended as quality options. However, the best product was L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Pro Perfect Salon Airbrush Medium Natural Tan. This spray tanner offered a long-lasting, natural looking tan.
The remaining three self-tanners were runners-up. Clinique was the second most expensive. As a lotion, it prevents aerosolized particles from getting everywhere. Equate is an inexpensive Wal-Mart brand and convenient spray-on. St. Tropez Self Tan is the most expensive option, but is also a spray-on product.