Every year is another chance for you to have a glow-up. But every summer is a chance for you to actually glow. Now that we're into the summer months, everyone is showing a little more skin. If you're looking for ways to achieve a sun-kissed look (the healthy way!), self-tanners have come a long way from their previous orange hues and streaky formulas.
NewBeauty Senior Editor-At-Large Sarah Eggenberger stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share her favorite self-tanners for different skin types and lifestyles. From gradual tanning creams to an overnight face mist, Eggenberger has you covered when it comes to achieving your summer glow — without stepping into the sun's harmful rays, of course.
Keep reading to see all of the expert-approved self-tanning picks that are easy to apply, smell good and have long-lasting results.
Skin type: Dry skin
To help your glow last as long as possible, Eggenberger suggests picking a formula that's right for your skin type. She says for dry and sensitive skin, you'll want to choose an option that has rich and nourishing ingredients. That's why she likes this tanning butter, which contains cocoa seed and sunflower seed oils. This option gradually develops a faux glow over time and she says you'll want to use it for three days in a row, then alternate days depending on how tan you want to be.
Skin type: Oily skin
For oily or acne-prone skin, Eggenberger says you'll want to avoid oil-based tanners and opt for a lightweight formula such as a mousse or water. This self-tanning water is just as it sounds, water-based, so it contains a clear formula that won't transfer onto fabrics or clog pores, claims the brand. Eggenberger says it applies effortlessly and blends easily into the skin.
Developing time: Gradual
If you're new to tanning or looking to take it slow, Eggenberger says you'll want to reach for a gradual self-tanner that develops and builds over a few days. This will allow you to have complete control over the color you're looking to achieve. She loves this cream as a gradual and hydrating option that can be used daily. The brand says you'll want to wait up to 10 minutes before you dress or get into bed to avoid staining any materials
Developing time: Fast
If you don't have any time and you're looking for a fast tan or are in need of covering up tan lines, Eggenberger says this body foundation creates a convincing fake tan while also covering skin imperfections. According to the brand, it comes in four different shades to choose from and has a matte finish.
Eggenberger says choosing a tan level is something you'll want to think about since some tanners are subtle and others give a deep "back from the tropics" tan. The Bondi Sands Technocolor line comes in a range of levels suitable for light to darker skin tones. And Eggenberger loves the easy application process, the pleasant scent and how it doesn't transfer onto clothing or bed sheets.
Self-tanners for face
What's great about tanning drops is that they're meant to be incorporated into your skin care regimen, says Eggenberger. You can control the level of your tan with the number of drops you add to your serum or moisturizer or how many spritzes you add to your face. According to the brand, this mist has soothing ingredients to calm your skin, all while providing a custom natural glow.
These tan towels are a travel-friendly way to keep up with your tan while you're on the go. Plus, they're easy to pack in your suitcase and TSA-friendly, says Eggenberger. According to the brand, each individual wrapped towelette is made of a clear formula that comes in different tan levels to choose from and has enough coverage for your entire body.
For times when you make a mistake, Eggenberger suggests arming yourself with a "tanning survival kit." She likes this Tan-Luxe eraser for when your tan might fade unevenly, build-up in areas like the elbows or feet and develop streaking. According to the brand, this is a gentle exfoliant that contains glycolic acid and is formulated to break down self-tanner formulas on your face and body.
More self-tanning products
Makeup artist Ami Desai was previously stopped by Hoda & Jenna to share tanning lotion and body makeup recommendations for getting that sun-kissed glow without ever stepping out into the sun. Desai even provides a few tips and tricks to make sure you have the best-looking summer ever.
When you want a lasting effect that won't come off once dry, opt for tanning lotions. But before you slather it on, consider Desai's advice.
"If you’re a beginner, it is important to exfoliate," Desai said. Before putting on any tanning lotion, exfoliate to remove the top layer of skin. This helps make ensure even application of any tanning products you might use.
"I love using exfoliating gloves to easily and efficiently get rid of dead skin," Desai said. And when you're done, finish your shower with cold water so your pores are closed and will prevent any clogging with tanning product.
To prevent creasing, lightly pat areas such as your armpits, elbows and knees with a talc-free baby powder.
And if you want to contour those areas you want to slim or add definition to, there are a few things you can do. "For your legs and arms, apply an extra layer on the outside of your thighs and underneath the bicep indent to appear visually thinner," Desai said. "You can do the same for your face by buffing out a little face tanning lotion to areas you would normally contour and the next morning you won't need to add makeup there."
Desai recommends this product because it's great for beginners. It goes on like a moisturizer so it's super simple and easy to use. You'll notice a subtle glow in just two days. It comes in light/medium and dark colors.
These color-correcting self-tan drops from the Tik Tok–viral brand can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer for a custom glow. Before bed, use two to four drops for a natural sun-kissed glow or four to eight drops for a more golden-bronzed look. The product comes in shades light, medium and dark, so be sure to select the right shade for you.
This cocoa-scented self-tanner is designed with a technology that's meant to deliver a natural medium tan while also being hydrating for the skin.
If you want a temporary summer glow or are intimidated by self-tanning products, try body makeup instead. And here's something to keep in mind: If your product doesn't come with an applicator, you should still use one.
"I prefer using a powder puff or large fluffy brush to apply product evenly," Desai said. If you're using sprays, Desai says a foolproof way to ensure even coverage is to spray the product onto the brush first, not directly onto the skin. Then you can keep adding until your desired color is achieved.
"This is probably the best drugstore find ever," Desaid said. "It stays put once dry and covers everything from scars to varicose veins."