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Self Tanners: Ratings of Sources

Total of 15 Sources
As of June 2016
by Paula Begoun
Our is an excellent resource for research on nearly every type of cosmetic product, not just self-tanners and bronzers. Editor and beauty expert Paula Begoun includes medical journals, industry reports and the Food and Drug Administration among her research sources, providing thorough information on each cosmetic's ingredients and potential problems. She also provides a "best of" list for each category.
2. Allure
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10 Under $20: Self-Tanners
by Lindsay Colameo
Our AssessmentThis roundup discusses 10 affordable self-tanners, including creams, mists and towelettes. Jergens Natural Glow Lotion -- Allure's 2013 Best of Beauty winner -- is at the top of the list, and St. Tropez Self Bronzing Mousse and L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Pro Perfect Salon Airbrush Self Tanning Mist are also among the author's favorites.
June 9, 2014
Best self-tanners under the sun
by Editors of
Our editors recruited a panel of volunteers to test six top-selling self-tanners. An accompanying video explains the testing process more thoroughly. L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Pro Perfect Salon Airbrush Medium Natural Tan was rated the best, with Clinique and St. Tropez products named runners up. A very affordable Equate brand sold at Walmart was also named a runner up. While most reviews require a subscription, this report is free to the public.
4. Harper's Bazaar
Apr. 2, 2015
Charting: 10 Best Self-Tanners and How to Apply Them
by Hannah Morrill and Alexandra Tunell
Our AssessmentWriters Hannah Morrill and Alexandra Tunell partner with Manhattan tanning expert Kristyn Pradas to recommend the top 10 self-tanners for various needs. Each tip offered by Pradas is accompanied by an editor's pick for a product that will work within that tip. Sprays, gels, oils, foams, lotions and towelettes are all included in this roundup.
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9 Best Self-Tanners
by Claire Ballor and Allie Flinn
Our AssessmentTotal Beauty rounded up the top 9 self-tanning products based upon the top-ranked products by their readers. Each product gets a pretty thorough review, including reader input that indicates how best to use it and what type of skin it works best for.
6. Marie Claire
May 4, 2016
The 10 Best No-Streak Tanners
by Lori Keong
Our AssessmentEditors at Marie Claire recommend 10 self-tanners that don't leave streaks, although it is unclear whether the products have been tested. The roundup includes lotions, towelettes, CC creams, sprays, and oils. St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse and Jergens Natural Glow are among the recommended products.
7. Redbook
June 17, 2013
Meet Your Perfect Self-Tanner
by Editors of Redbook
Our AssessmentFive editors at Redbook share their experiences with the following self-tanning products: L'OrŽal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist, St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Spray, Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer, Sephora Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist and BareMinerals Faux Tan Body. The slideshow details the best uses for each product along with how it went on, how it smelled and how it looked.
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Faux Tanner Face-Off: How Our Editors Fake a Believable Bronze
by Alle Connell
Our AssessmentEditors at share their favorite self-tanning products in a list that includes lotions, towelettes, concentrates and sprays. The article details the editors' personal experiences with the products. Jergens Natural Glow, St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads all make the cut.
As of June 2016
Self-Tanners and Bronzers
by Contributors to
Our AssessmentThere are thousands of self-tanning products available at and some get thousands of reviews; many others get hundreds. Some reviews are very thorough and include pros, cons and helpful tips -- these are the ones we give the most weight to. Others may be extremely brief, such as a one-word comment, or may unfairly criticize the product due to packaging or shipping issues. The most helpful are those who revisit their review after months or years to update it on how the product is still performing over time.
As of June 2016
Self-Tanning & Bronzing
by Contributors to
Our AssessmentSelf-tanning is has its own product category on, with over a hundred results. Most of the products get a good number of reviews, with each ranked on a 5-star scale. The header for each review has a list of pros and cons, as well as best uses for the product, which makes it easy to get a good overview of customer consensus.
As of June 2016
Self Tanners
by Contributors to
Our AssessmentContributors review a number of self-tanning products, ranging from gels and creams to wipes and sprays. Each product is rated on a five-point scale, but the total number of reviews for each product isn't available until clicking through to the specific product page.
12. Elle
Mar. 22, 2016
7 Self Tanners That I Have Known and Loved
by Julie Schott
Our AssessmentThis roundup showcases seven different products that the author appears to have tried. She names one product in each of the following categories: mousse, towelette, instant tint, mist, rinse-off, quick cream and gel.
13. Allure
Aug. 27, 2014
The Best Bronzers for Every Skin Tone
by Cara Brook
Our AssessmentBeauty blogger Cara Brook recommends three bronzers, one suitable for each of three skin tones: fair, medium and dark. Each recommendation earns a brief review.
14. Harper's Bazaar
Mar. 31, 2016
Charting: 10 New Bronzers for a Spring Glow
by Editors of Harper's Bazaar
Our AssessmentThis slideshow recommends ten liquid, cream and powder bronzer formulas. The roundup is light on details -- there's no information about how the editors chose the products, and each recommendation only comes with a price estimate and link for purchasing.
Nov. 16, 2012
Sunless Tanning: Baking Is Out, Faking Is In
by Katherine Kam
Our AssessmentThis article contains background information on sunless tanning and the different types of self-tanning products. Kam consults a few different makeup artists, who recommend a handful of products. It's a bit of an older article, but still useful.

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