Tanning Beds Are Stupid, Here Are 5 Natural Tanning Lotions Worth Trying

Farewells are hard sometimes, especially when we’re saying farewell to our bronze, sun-kissed skin. For most of us, having a little color is a necessity. Being tan makes us feel more alive and gives us a healthy glow. But how do we get our bronze bodies back during the fall and winters months without ruining our skin? Girlfriends, we got you. Forget about the tanning bed, these natural self-tanners will make you fall in love with your skin even when you aren’t exposed to the summer sunshine.

1. St. Tropez


First up, miss popular. This bronzer is a favorite among women who love to fake bake. This line of self-tanners provides a little something for everyone. Wanna do a gradual tan? Perfect. They have a line of bronzers you put on daily to build up beautiful color. Have a fancy event and need a quick pick me up? No problem. St. Tropez sells a “one night only” bronzer. They even have a shower lotion that makes it easy to apply, dry, and be on your way. Whatever it is you’re looking for, these self-tanners are super natural and combine moisturizer with color. The prices aren’t too shabby either. The most basic lotion will run you at about $25.

2. Vita Liberata


Known as the “Luxury Tan” this self-tanner is for the divas out there. Vita Liberatea prides themselves on their non-toxic formula. A lotion free of parabens, perfume, and alcohol…couldn’t get any better than that! Their products range from lotion to mousse, and can be matched to any skin tone. Medium skin? They got you. On the paler side? No worries! The best thing about this line is that not one shade fits all. You can purchase the perfect shade of gold for your beautiful skin tone. Seems like a perfect match.

3. Lorac TANtilier


TAN is obviously the key word here. This line of self-tanning products is a favorite among Ulta goers. Not only do they have a variety of lotions, but they also have makeup to match. Don’t wanna look orange? Try their bronzers for a tinge of glow when you’re putting your face on. Added bonus, most of the lotions are infused with aloe so you can hydrate and glow. Make this product your best friend when preparing for formal or that fall wedding you’re attending.

4. Loreal Sublime Bronze Towelettes


While some of us may be masters at applying self-tanner, most of us…not so much. Afraid to be streaky and uneven? Forget it! These towelettes provide you with even distribution of color without the pigment gathering between your fingers. Each box contains 6 individually packed, small towelettes; small enough to stuff in your purse or carry-on for a long flight. Be bronze everywhere you go with these babies!

5. Sephora Collection- Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist


Last but not least we have a product born from one of our favorites: Sephora. We thought we’d include a self-tanner you can pick up the next time you’re looking for that concealer or lipstick. We love love love this product because it’s a spray on. No hands get dirty in the process. Simply spray and go. The mist bronzes immediately, so there’s no hassle before you leave for that weekend trip or before date night with your man.

That wraps up our guide to the perfect glow. Who doesn’t want a little color this season? Compliment that tremendous tan with a maroon lip and camel booties for the most fabulous fall look. Fall doesn’t mean you have to say farewell to color 😉


Madison Baker

Editorial Contributor, Purdue University Major: General Health Sciences Her heart belongs to: Pringles, Vogue magazine, and Harry's Chocolate Shop Her guilty pleasures: The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Southern Accents, and Pink Moscato

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