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The best self-tanners for EVERY skin tone

Winter is slowly looming on us and that means fewer hours spent in the sun and for most of us, that gorgeous bronze will slowly be fading. But thanks to the beauty gods, they have created the wonder that is self-tanners. While most people are scared of this product, it’s a great- and basically the only way to avoid looking ghostly throughout winter. If you’re new to the sunless tanning world, navigating your way through self-tanning products can be a stressful task. With so many options on the market — from mousses to lotions and oils, it can be difficult to figure out which is best for you. And to make things even more complicated, finding the right self-tanner for your skin tone can be a whole task on its own. After all, the last thing you want is to end up looking like a cast member of Jersey Shore a.k.a a cheesy Dorito.

Of course, there’s no one-product-fits-all when it comes to the best self-tanners for all skin tones. It all comes down to how intense you want your bronze to be. So we’ve made the process a little less daunting but recommending the best self-tanners for EVERY skin tone. Scroll through to find out which one will work best for you and have you looking bronzed all winter long.

Fair skin

Fairer skinned people have a tendency to over-do the tan and show noticeable mistakes. This is mainly due to the fact that they aren’t able to anticipate just how dark their tan will end up. Luckily for them, there are products with a built-in bronzer, so you can see where the product has been applied. It still might be tricky to anticipate the shade of the tan but it will help with missing those tricky spots you may have forgotten.

Caribbean Tan R99.99 Clicks

For those who are a little more sceptical and fear waking up looking like the Oros man, I recommend using a gradual tanner. This will help build a good base and allow you to choose just how bronzed you want to be by adding more every day.

Dove Body Lotion Summer Revive R69.99 Clicks

Medium skin

Medium skin tones have it easiest when it comes to self-tanning. Depending on the amount of bronzing you want to do then use the different shade guides on the tanner. To put it simply, a fair product will result in a light glow similar to a weekend in the sun. A medium product will give you a natural bronze, similar to a week in the sun. And a dark shade will result in a deep natural bronze similar to two weeks in the sun.

Caribbean Tan In a Can R99.99 Clicks

Dark skin

While many may think self-tanners are not effective on darker skin tones, it turns out the opposite is true. Contrary to popular belief, using a gradual tanner will brighten the skin, taking the dullness out and give the skin a glowy finish.



Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner R320 Clicks


Australian Gold Self-Tanning Spray R369.99 Clicks

For more tanning advice here is a black girl who tried out self-tanner, see her results here!

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