The Best Face Sunless Tanners

Sunless tanners give you a tan without the burn.
Sunless tanners give you a tan without the burn. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

In the past, sunless tanners earned their bad reputation for leaving streaks, blotchy inconsistencies and turning your skin a bright carroty color. Sunless tanners have come a long way since those days. Today, sunless tanners are a viable option to get the exact tan you're looking for without prolonged exposure to the sun's harmful rays.

Benefits of Using Sunless Tanners

Sunless tanners provide an instant long-lasting tan, up to three or four days between applications on most sunless tanning lotions, without over exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. They're the best tanning alternative for people who have fair skin, burn easily, or experience difficulty tanning. Most sunless tanners designed for the face include sun protection within the lotion to protect skin from procuring a painful burn. Additionally, sunless tanners are applicable year-round.

Best Face Sunless Tanner Under $10

When it comes to applying sunless tanner to your face there's no room for error. For an inexperienced sunless tanner, gradual tanning lotions are best because they build up a tan over several days, giving the user a high level of control. Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Moisturizer starts at $8.49 in 2011, and is great intro product to sunless tanning. The combination of tanner and moisturizer creates a gradual natural looking tan. Reviewers boast that Jergens' sunless tanner doesn't have a bad odor, making pleasant for facial application. For the best results, Jergens' sunless tanner needs daily application.

Best Sunless Tanner Under $25

Priced at $22.50 in 2011, Kiehl's Sun-Free Self Tanning Formula is rated the No. 1 sunless tanner for the face by "Style Bakery." Kiehl's sunless tanner features a lightweight, non-greasy and absorbent lotion than glides onto the face smoothly. A natural-looking tan appears only one hour after application. Product reviews boast the streak-free, long lasting, and natural-looking tan provided by Kiehl's Sun-Free Self Tanning Formula. It can be reapplied to build a deeper tan. Unfortunately, this Kiehl product doesn't include SPF sun protection within the formula. It's recommended that SPF 15 or higher is applied one hour after the sunless tanner.

Best Sunless Tanner Under $40

Sunless tanners are most plentiful in this price range, which can make the decision daunting. As of 2011, Declor Aroma Sun SPF 10 Hydrating Tinted Self Tanning Gel Cream is priced at $36 for a 1.69 oz. bottle. "Women's Health Magazine" has declared Declor Aroma's sunless tanner as the No. 1 tanner for the face. Reviews claim the product goes on smooth, leaves no streaks, has a natural-looking result and last roughly two days. It contains SPF 10 sunscreen within the formula to protect your face while out in the sun.

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