The best self-tanning lotion is based on personal preference, price point and the desired outcome. Lotions go on smoothly and can last longer than sprays. Gels are less sticky and dry faster. Mousses are best for oily skin, but they can fade unevenly.
Makeup artists and other self-tanning experts recommend Jergen’s Natural Glow, Sephora’s Body Intense Moisturizing Bronzing Lotion, Clarins Intense Bronze Self-Tanning Tint for Face and Decollete, Clarins “Delicious” Self-Tanning Cream and Victoria’s Secret Bare Bronze self-tanner collection. Dior and Estee Lauder are other highly praised brands for self-tanners.
O Magazine’s 2012 list of the best new self-tanners includes Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body, Sephora Moisturizing Bronzing Body Lotion, Kate Somerville Somerville 360 Face Self Tanning Pads, L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Clear Self-Tanning Gel, Rodial Brazilian Tan Dark, Xen-Tan Blending Balm and Philosophy Here Comes the Sun Age-Defense Gradual Glow Self-Tanner for Face.