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Self Tanners: Ratings of Sources

Total of 14 Sources
As of March 2015
by Paula Begoun
Our is an excellent resource for research on nearly every type of cosmetic product, not just self-tanners. 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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Self Tanner
by Editors of
Our AssessmentThere are quite a few articles and roundups regarding self-tanners at These include products that were chosen for 2014 Best of Beauty awards, 2014 Reader's Choice awards, and the lists of the best affordable tanners and the best bronzers. In addition, each product on their site includes a review of the product. All reviews are fairly thorough, some of those done on award winners are extremely detailed and helpful.
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. Woman's Day
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WD Reviews: Sunless Self-Tanners
by Staff
Our AssessmentEditors of magazine test 10 sunless tanners and rank each on a scale of 1 to 5 for color, streaking, scent and effectiveness. The self-tanner are each tested by a reviewer, who then offers an overview of how the product performed, including pros and cons. A brief description of results is given, but each self-tanner is only tested on one person and results can vary greatly depending on skin tone, individual application techniques and skill.
5. Harper's Bazaar
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10 Flawless Sunless Tanner Secrets
by Hannah Morrill
Our AssessmentWriter Hannah Morrill partners 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
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.
7. InStyle
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Sun Care & Self Tanners
by Editors of InStyle magazine
Our AssessmentIn their Best Beauty Buys of 2014, editors of include self-tanners and sun care products, such as sunscreen. St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body is chosen as the top self-tanner based upon input from beauty experts and makeup artists.
As of March 2015
Self Tanner
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 March 2015
Self Tanners
by Contributors to Makeup Alley
Our AssessmentContributors to Makeup Alley list reviews for more than 600 self-tanning products, with feedback on how much they liked each product on a scale from 1 to 5 "lipsticks," while also listing what percentage of the reviewers would purchase the product a second time. Some products only have a handful of reviews, but those with the most reviews get average to above average ratings. You must create an account to view reviews.
As of March 2015
Self Tanning
by Contributors to
Our AssessmentSelf-tanning is has its own product category on, with more than 80 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. There are not quite as many total reviews here as at other beauty sites, but they are thorough and detailed.
As of March 2015
Bronzer & Self-Tanner
by Contributors to
Our AssessmentContributors review a number of bronzers and 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. 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.
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Our Ranking And Reviews Of The 10 Best Self Tanners For 2015!
by Editors of
Our's staff asked industry experts and looked at consumer purchasing habits, then tested and ranked 10 products on eight different factors after testing. However, testing appears to have been done by only one person, and the performance of any self-tanner will vary by skin type.
14. Women's Health magazine
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WH Tests The Best Self-Tanners
by Editors of Women's Health
Our AssessmentTesters try out six self-tanners and each is ranked by editors in a "best for" category, such as best for face, or travel, etc. Comments are extremely brief and only positive.

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