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Just about anytime I have an extended vacation, weekend getaway or big event on the books, you’ll find me making a mad dash to the local tanning salon to get my Mystic spray tan the day before. Not only do I love the look of a tan, but I also find that spray tans help to conceal imperfections like scars, bruises and even cellulite — they’re basically like a sheer blurring foundation for your body that also happens to last up to a week. However, going to the salon for regular spray tans can get rather pricey, which has ultimately led to my hunt to find the best DIY spray tan products so that I could effectively fake a post-beach-day glow without draining my savings account in the process.
At-home self tanning is certainly not the most fool-proof at-home beauty endeavors to embark on. I mean, even going to a professional or a tanning salon doesn’t guarantee a streak-free and non-orange result. There’s also the issue of applying the product evenly to your back and other hard-to-reach regions, which often is my own personal downfall in the application process. This is precisely why I’ve been opting for spray-on formulas as opposed to foams and lotions. I find that the ability to mist on the color tends to lend itself to a more even and natural-looking final product than other fake tanning options that I’ve tried in the past. So, if you been burned by dabbling in the daunting world of at-home self tanning, I highly recommend giving one of these ridiculously easy-to-use spray formulas a try.
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1. Fake Bake Flawless Darker Self Tanning Liquid
This tanning liquid absorbs into the skin ultra quickly and the color develops gradually within 4-6 hours. It’s formulated with a built-in color guide which allows you to apply the product evenly. It also comes with a mitt for blending.
2. L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Mist
This self tanning mist is packaged in a fool-proof bottle complete with a 360 degree wide-angle jet applicator, to ensure you get super even color pay-off for a natural-looking glow. The tan develops in about 2-3 hours and there’s no need to rub it in, so you can avoid orange-tinted hands.
3. Body Drench Quick Tan Instant Self Tanner
This quick-drying self tanner is designed with spray functionality that allows for an even mist to avoid patches and overlap of product. It’s also infused with hydrating and anti-aging ingredients, including soothing Aloe Vera and Chamomile, Sea Kelp and Black Walnut.