5 Self-Tanners I Happily Co-Sign For Glowy Skin in the Dead of Winter

5 Self-Tanners I Happily Co-Sign For Glowy Skin in the Dead of Winter
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I wouldn’t go as far as to say I “swear by” self-tanner, but I definitely slather on the glow a couple times throughout the winter season. Not to be confused with completely altering my skin tone–that’s always a bad idea–my complexion goes from an almond brown to not almond brown this time of year. And as someone who doesn’t wear foundation and/or bronzer every day, I try to keep the best self-tanner for winter on deck so I can get my summer glow without having to sacrifice my “less is more” beauty philosophy.

I am constantly overwhelmed by the number of self-tanner options online and consequently take forever to decide on just one. However, I’ve found myself going back to a handful of tried-and-true brands that even the newest innovations can’t compete with. If I’m going to keep it all the way real, I can probably name 7 that make it look like I’ve been hibernating on a tropical island, but these 5—some of which are new-ish—are definitely the gold (or bronze) standard.

 

winter self tanner isle of paradise 5 Self Tanners I Happily Co Sign For Glowy Skin in the Dead of Winter

Isle of Paradise.

For That Special Occasion Glow…

On the rare occasion that I’m stepping out with my legs out for a winter event, I save myself time and anxiety by grabbing a bronzer I can wash off the same day. Though Isle of Paradise’s self-tan drops are way more popular, I recommend this wash-off bronzer enriched with nourishing avocado, chia seed and coconut oil.

winter self tanner jergens 5 Self Tanners I Happily Co Sign For Glowy Skin in the Dead of Winter

Jergens.

For a Glow That’s Good to the Skin Too…

If you’re anything like me and live for an affordable two-fer, sleep no longer on this drugstore self-tanner that gradually bronzes the skin without tanner odor in just 3 days.

winter self tanner organic pharmacy 5 Self Tanners I Happily Co Sign For Glowy Skin in the Dead of Winter

The Organic Pharmacy.

For an Eco-Conscious Glow…

The DHA in this Amazon top-seller is derived from sugar beet to moisturize the skin and leave behind an even, uniform glow on the face and body.

winter self tanner pradas glow 5 Self Tanners I Happily Co Sign For Glowy Skin in the Dead of Winter

Pradas Glow.

For the Celebrity-Approved Glow…

Kristyn Pradas is the go-to spray tan expert for a slew of celebrities, including Ariana Grande, the Hadids and Ashley Graham. After trying out her namesake self-tanning mousse earlier this year, I can confirm the hype is real.

winter self tanner st tropez 5 Self Tanners I Happily Co Sign For Glowy Skin in the Dead of Winter

St. Tropez.

For a Mess-Free Glow…

I’ve been using St. Tropez for years. Don’t get me wrong: I love the mousse, but this gel-to-water formula glides seamlessly onto the skin and doesn’t require a rinse. Need I say more?

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