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Top Rated Best Sunless Self-Tanning Products for the Face and Body

Baking in the sun is out. Using a self-tanning product for a bronzy glow is in. Why? Because UVA and UVB rays from the sun cause skin cancer, dark spots, and wrinkles (no thank you!).

Going through the year with a golden tan can be a huge confidence booster, especially during the summer when you want to show off more skin. I’ve scoured the Internet looking for the best sunless tanning products that meet my high standards.

Sunless Self-Tanning Products for Sensitive Skin

Dyes, fragrances, and harsh chemicals can cause irritation for those of us with sensitive skin. My top two choices are gentle, effective, and hydrating.

Top Rated Best Sunless Self-Tanning Products for the Face and Body. Blog by Dr. Aeria Chang - Beatitude Aesthetic Medicine, San Diego (619) 280-1609.

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Pick #1: Bondi Sands Pure Self Tan Water

What I love about this product:

  • Contains zero sulphates, fragrances, or dyes
  • 100% vegan and cruelty free
  • Includes skin-loving ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E
  • Container is made from ethically-sourced 100% recyclable plastic
  • Comes in two shades: light/medium and dark

This foaming water feels like a fluffy cloud when it comes out of the bottle, and it blends easily over the skin for a streak-free golden glow. No orange-y look!

This product was rated #2 out of the top 10 self-tanning products by Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and is an “Amazon’s Choice” product in facial self-tanners.

Pick #2: Beauty by Earth Organic Self-Tanner

This product is great for sensitive skin because the first three ingredients are water, aloe vera leaf juice, and shea butter. This self-tanner promises a natural-looking glow, ultra hydration, and streak-free results. You can build up your tan gradually by using it every day, and then use it every few days to maintain results.

Top self-tanning products

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What I love about this product:

  • Promises NO orange color, streaks, or spots
  • 100% vegan and cruelty free
  • Contains no toxic ingredients, chemicals, dyes, or fragrances
  • Organic, natural ingredients that won’t cause irritation

Over 15,000 customers have reviewed this product on Amazon and its overall rating is 4.3 out of 5 stars (68% of reviewers at this time have given it 5 stars). It has also received top ratings on Buzz Feed’s review of this self-tanner. They even have before and after pictures of various areas of the body so you can see how it looks before you buy it.

Sun Safety Reminder

Not only do I recommend using self-tanning products instead of tanning beds or laying in the sun, but I also advise using an SPF 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen every day of the year. Rain or shine…use sunscreen!

If you’ve already spent years in the sun and have dark spots, I highly recommend skin care products with vitamin C, tretinoin, and hydroquinone to help fade hyperpigmentation spots and repair sun damage (including fine lines & wrinkles).

The latter two are by prescription only, so visit my office today to find out how I can help you get back that youthful glow (minus the sun damage!). For patients with moderate to severe sun damage, I have advanced laser and RF microneedling procedures that can make a positive difference in the quality of your skin texture while evening out your skin tone.

Click here to read my other articles with expert skin care tips to help you look your best at every age.

Get started today by calling me at (619) 280-1609.


Cheers to your youthful glow,

Dr. Aeria Chang

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