What’s The Most Natural Looking Sunless Self Tan?

sun-01We all know how bad sunless, (or spray on) tans can be. The wrong brand can give your skin an awful unrealistic orange tone. But there are some good products on the market. Ones which can provide a realistic tanned effect yet without the risk of sun beds or traditional sunbathing.

But getting a good fake tan isn’t just about choosing the right brand. It’s about knowing how to properly apply it, and not over do it too.

Fake Bake Flawless

The Fake Bake Flawless works for all skin tones & types. It provides a realistic golden tan which isn’t too extreme. The problem with a few tans is that they try and make your skin too dark. This can result in the nasty orange color.

An application glove is included in the package which really helps with making the application look realistic and even. Applying with hands will just cause too many streaks and unevenness. Although it will need to be replaced, it should at least last until you’ve finished the bottle. During the application you can see an immediate chance in skin color, but the good thing is that this color will develop and get better over time. So it may be a good idea to apply the night before. The tan should last a few days. Reapplying once every 5 days should be enough.

You should be able to pick it up for under $15, considering that you get the mitt, we think this is pretty good value. Read more information and reviews here.

Sun Laboratories

sun-darkAnother great, rich looking tan from Sun Laboratories. This lotion is medium, but darker colors are available. Medium is a good product to star off with if you’re unsure of what the results are going to be. This set doesn’t come with a mitt, but doesn’t stain your hands. If you fully take your time and rub the tan into your skin, you should get a nice even tan even without the mitt. Again this product takes a few hours to develop and intensify. So the best results may not be seen straight away. If you’re applying it before you go out, make sure you do so far in advance!


Applying twice a week should be enough to give you the appearance of a healthy tan. It’s not a cheap tan; it can usually be picked up for just over $20. However if you want your sunless tans to look good, you’re going to have to pay for it!

Check out the latest price.

Banana Boat Summer Color

banana boat tanThis tan goes on really easily and doesn’t streak at all.  There are also no bad odours or strong smells which come from the tan, unlike with some other brands. The tan itself looks incredibly authentic, giving you that healthy sun kissed glow look.

You’re able to control the extent of the tan simply by applying more or less of the lotion. It also contains aloe vera so is good for moisturizing the skin without appearing greasy.

As with the other tans a development time is needed. After a few hours you should have a shower to wash away the bits of tan which are just there to help you see where you’re rubbing it. These guide colors don’t look natural, and should be removed asap!

Can be bought for around $20 here.

How To Apply Sunless Tan For The Best Results

First of all it’s best to take your time when apply the tan. If you rush through the process you’ll miss spots, or not evenly rub in the lotion. This will really show when everything dries and the tan has developed. So try and not apply it in a rush (easier said than done we know)!

Try and apply the tan with a mitt. This will do two things:

  • Stop your hands getting stained.
  • Give you a nice even tan.

The whole process can get a bit random when you’re doing it by hand. Some parts will naturally get more tan than others.

It’s a good idea to shower and exfoliate before you apply the tan. This way your tan lasts longer, and can get applied much more evenly. There won’t be any of the dirt and dead skin cells getting in the way.

Read how to make spray tans last for longer here.

It’s always useful to keep this in mind – we all have different skin types, so products which work for one person, may not work for another. So while people report the above products provide realistic looking results, they aren’t guaranteed for you.

Unfortunately it may take a little bit of trial and error to find a brand which perfectly suits you.

If you want the best results then think about getting it done professionally. We’ve written an entire section on it here.

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