There’s nothing quite like a tan to give you that healthy glow. Unfortunately, it can be hard to maintain your typical golden bronze color over the winter months.
Even more unfortunate, most ways of maintaining it aren’t so “healthy.” Sure, sun exposure period isn’t great for your skin, but in the summer, it tends to happen slowly and naturally.
If you’re hopping in a tanning bed, you’re quickly scorching your skin. That’s why you, like so many others, should turn to self tanners for your face. It’s the safe alternative, and with advancements in beauty technology, it no longer means looking like a Cheeto.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best on the market right now. We’ve taken price, ease of use, and secondary benefits all into account. So you can trust that you’re really getting the best of the best.
1: ST. TROPEZ Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion Light
We picked this option for one major reason: Application. You literally put this on in the shower, wait 3 minutes, and rinse it off. So simple. You don’t have to worry about sprays or making a mess on the floor.
Plus, since you’re washing away the majority of the product, you don’t have to worry about it staining your clothes.
Keep in mind that this is intended as a full body lotion, but in all honesty, so are most self-tanners.
Finding self tanners for your face, and your face alone, isn’t really necessary. Just think of it this way: You’ll need about a fifth as much product if you just do your face.
That’s some serious savings, which is great because this lotion will cost you around 25 big ones, but it’s still one of the cheapest.
2: Kiehl’s Sun Free Self Tanning Formula
This next option we chose for the added benefits, as it’s one of the best moisturizers on our list. With apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, and cocoa butter, you’re not only avoiding sun damage, but also healing the skin.
You’re going to come out of there with a healthy glow, and the healthiest looking face you’ve ever seen. Just try to get that with a tanning bed.
There is some criticism out there that says it’s a little too dark. If your face is on the paler side, this might not be the option for you. Even if the tan does look natural, walking into work 3 shades darker is going to be a dead give away.
3: No7 Men Energising Gradual Tan Moisturiser
If you’re not one to spend money on cosmetics, $24 is probably enough to give you a heart attack. Unfortunately, that’s not that much money when it comes to quality self tanners, especially self tanners for your face.
You really don’t want to be too cheap, or you’ll look like an Oompa Loompa. So while $24 might be a hard limit for some, sometimes you need to look into the high end products.
This moisturizer from No7 is just that, and, shocker, it is mostly meant for your face.
This product is meant to be used as an everyday moisturizer. It’s gentle, and it provides 15 spf sun protection.
The glow that you build up will be gradual, as the name implies, but unless you’re willing to take a week off of work and pretend to go to the Bahamas, gradual is the only way to be subtle. That’s why this product is well worth the steep price tag.
4: Rodial Brazilian Tan-Airbrush
Our final option seems to have it all. It’s middle of the road pricing, though still considered luxury, and it moisturizes, but most importantly, it goes on easy.
This is a spray tan, but it’s head and shoulders above its orangey predecessors. First of all, it’s marketed as “flawless.” Yes, literally any product can say that. However, testimonials and reviews back it up. It’s a spray tan that really works.
Second, the tan is a bit subtler than you’re used to from this style. If you’re looking for an instant bronze, this isn’t for you.
But again, that’s transparent. You need something that compliments your skin tone, as opposed to covering it up.
A spray can make facial tanning a little difficult. Obviously, you can’t have your eyes open, but what would this list be without a classic spray option? Nothing.
Finding the best self tanner for men can be hard. You have to consider your budget, your skin tone, and your application preferences. If you’re really desperate, you can always find some $12 bottle at a drugstore, but trust us when we say you’ll be disappointed.
Use this list as a guide. Most of these brands have other options, but maintain the same quality. Halloween is over. There’s no need to look like a ghost this winter.