Sunless Tanners: Ratings of Sources
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by Paula Begoun
Our AssessmentThis website is an excellent resource for research on nearly every type of cosmetic product, not just sunless tanners. Author 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 points out that most sunless tanners are made with the same active ingredients and that streaking problems are usually due to application techniques rather than the formula itself.
Best of Beauty 2011: Body
by Editors of Allure magazine
Our AssessmentAllure editors test thousands of products and choose 236 as the best for their 2011 Beauty awards. Both old and new products are tested to find the best on the market. However, judging criteria are not explained and non-winning products aren't mentioned. Self-tanner winners for 2011 are Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer, St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion, St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Moisturizer and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer.
Best Beauty Buys: Body
by Editors of InStyle magazine
Our AssessmentInStyle editors list 150 top beauty picks based on the favorites of industry experts in their annual poll. The winners from 2012 and previous years are listed and a brief description is provided for each. St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body has made the list for four consecutive years. Clarins Liquid Bronze and St. Tropez Tan Remover also make the list for 2012. This article isn't critical, and products aren't tested.
2012 Readers' Choice Awards
by Editors of Allure magazine
Our AssessmentThousands of readers weigh in for Allure's annual Readers' Choice Awards. Fifty-three beauty products make the list for 2012. Two self tanners are listed -- both classics. Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer is chosen for creating natural bronze color with no streaks. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel creates an "almost-immediate glow" and can be used on the face or the body.
Health Beauty Awards 2011: Get Ready to Get Gorgeous
by Editors of Health magazine
Our AssessmentEditors along with top experts test beauty products to determine the best picks in skin, body, makeup and hair care. Nature's Gate Sunless Tanner is the only self tanner to make the list. Editors praise it for using a lightweight, moisturizing base and for being loaded with antioxidants. Only the winners are listed and judging criteria are unclear.
WD Reviews: Sunless Self-Tanners
by Alexandra Gekas
Our AssessmentEditors of Woman's Day magazine test 10 sunless tanners and rank each on a scale of 1 to 5 for color, streaking, scent and effectiveness. 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.
2012 Healthy Beauty Awards: Sun
by Editors of Self magazine
Our AssessmentReaders test beauty products to find the top performers in their respective categories. Products are listed under face, body, makeup and hair, and each includes a brief description, but there's no formal rating system. Jergens Natural Glow & Protect and Kerstin Florian Sunless Tanner are the only self tanners to make the list. There's no mention of products that didn't make the grade.
How to Get a Good Tan Without the Sun
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors test six self tanners on 14 people, saying the best products are also the least expensive. Products are individually rated on fragrance, color, length of tan and ease of use, and each gets an overall score. Application tips are also included.
Get the Perfect Spring Break Tan
by Editors of InStyle magazine
Our AssessmentJimmy Jimmy Coco, Hollywood tanning guru, discusses tips for choosing and applying sunless tanner with InStyle magazine. Several tanning products are recommended but there is no mention about why they were chosen or what makes them better than other options.
Daily Beauty Reporter Blog: Our Favorite Self-Tanners to Revive Your Complexion
by Sophia Panych
Our AssessmentEditors at Allure.com discuss their favorite self tanners. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads, Jergens Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer, St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Face, Nature's Gate Glow Lotion and a bronzer make the list. The products are not ranked or compared, however.
Self Tanning Lotion Review: Sun Labs
Our AssessmentThis YouTube video demonstrates how to use the Sun Labs sunless-tanning set. Each step is documented with before and after pictures on both medium and pale skin tones. The reviewer is pleased with the results and says that the products don't smell as offensive as many self tanners.
Beauty Review: Alba Botanica Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion
by Dianna Baros
Our AssessmentTheBudgetBabe.com tests and reviews Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunless Tanner lotion and posts before and after pictures. The author, Dianna Baros, says that the product reduces the pastiness of her legs and hides her flaws. She says that it took 24 hours to develop, however, instead of the three hours advertised on the bottle.
Rays of Hope for Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion by Alba Botanica
by Editors of TheDailySupplement.com
Our AssessmentTheDailySupplement.com, a blog-like website that reviews herbal supplements and natural products, discusses Alba Botanica Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion. Several of the staffers try the product and conclude that it is easy to apply and provides even distribution of color. Editors especially like that it uses certified organic and natural ingredients.
My Review of the Mystic Tan Booth
by May 29, 2011
Our AssessmentBlogger "Michelle" discusses her experience using a Mystic Tan booth. Each step is documented, and she includes before and after pictures. She is pleased with the outcome and recommends it to anyone who needs quick results.
The Best Sunless Tanners and Tips on How to Apply
by Editors of Shape magazine
Our AssessmentEditors at Shape magazine recommend several sunless tanners and share professional tips for getting the perfect application. The products listed aren't discussed at all, however, and it isn't clear if any of them were tested.
Mystic Tan Review
by Jen Adkins
Our AssessmentJen Adkins, skin care guide for About.com, gives Mystic Tan a poor rating because it required her to stand in a small space, aggravating her claustrophobia. She also says the resulting tan didn't look natural, especially on her face. Readers, however, have a different overall opinion. While some of them have had similar experiences to that of Adkins, most of them love Mystic Tan and use it regularly. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Best Self-Tanners: Department Store & Drugstore
by Julyne Derrick
Our AssessmentIn this brief post, About.com beauty guide Julyne Derrick lists two of her favorite self tanners: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. Although Clarins is her "self-tanner staple," she says she was pleasantly surprised by how well Jergens works. The post is very dated, but both products are still available and remain very popular. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
by Contributors to Makeupalley.com
Our AssessmentMakeupAlley.com is an informative website that allows users to post reviews about different beauty products. It also lists top picks, most popular products and best buys according to their separate categories. Reviews can be searched by category heading, brand name or product name and can be sorted by average ratings. Several products listed here have been discontinued, however. One product that rates well is Bare Escentuals Faux Tan. The website does not offer any product information other than the user reviews.
Bronzers & Self Tanners
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentDrugstore.com allows readers to post product reviews, including reviews for self-tanning products. Products in each category can be sorted according to the average user rating (a scale of 1 to 5). Most of the 5-star products receive only a few reviews, but some items such as Banana Boat, L'Oreal and Coppertone are highly rated by several dozen reviewers. This website is a good resource for gauging a self tanner's odor, performance and ease of use.
Bronzer & Self-Tanner
by Contributors to Sephora.com
Our AssessmentSephora.com sells several department store brands of skin care and beauty products. Consumers are able to leave ratings and reviews for all products listed at the site, but the ratings are a tad difficult to sort through. Most of the 46 sunless tanners and bronzers listed for sale are rated at least a couple of times and most receive favorable reviews. A couple garner upward of 400 reviews and receive high ratings. Among those with a high quantity of reviews, self tanners from St. Tropez, Clarins and Sephora Collection earn the highest ratings.
Best Self Tanner Products
by Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
Our AssessmentTop self tanners at TotalBeauty.com are not reviewed nearly as often as they are at MakeupAlley.com. Still, reviewers are plentiful enough to make this a useful source of user reviews. Highly rated self tanners with the most reviews include Banana Boat Summer Color Sunless Lotion, L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion and Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer.
Self-Tanners & Bronzers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentSunless tanners at Amazon.com aren't reviewed nearly as often as they are at other consumer websites, but top-rated products are similar. Products from Fake Bake, Banana Boat, St. Tropez and Sun Laboratories get the most reviews.
Watch Us Spray Tan! Mystic and Versa!
Our AssessmentIn this YouTube video, two women document their experience with Mystic Tan and Versa Spa. Each used a different tanning booth and recorded the instructions as well as before and after shots. Both spray tan booths work in a similar manner -- tanning solution is automatically and evenly sprayed over the entire body in an enclosed booth. The method and instructions vary only slightly and both women are satisfied with their results. Note: Both Mystic Tan and Versa Spa are owned by the same company -- Sunless Inc.
by Editors of CosmeticsDatabase.com
Our AssessmentCosmeticsDatabase.com, a division of the Environmental Working Group, rates more than 200 sunless-tanning products based on the safety of their ingredients. Products are downgraded for containing controversial ingredients such as phthalates and parabens. Editors do not, however, consider the effectiveness of sunless tanners, and products are not tested. Of the 200-plus products listed, only 12 are given a low hazard rating and only five of those are actual sunless tanners. The rest are bronzers.