The 8 Smartest Ways to Tan (and No, None Include Sun)

While avoiding the sun is a smart thing to do for the sake of your skin, that doesn’t mean you also have to give up that gorgeous glow. Thanks to self-tanning innovations, it’s easier than ever to get bronzed without leaving your house.

Best for all over self-tanning

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“Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause your skin to age prematurely, leading to a loss of collagen as well as age spots and wrinkles,” says Jamie Greenberg, makeup artist and self-tanning expert. Instead of lying out in the sun, opt for a self-tanning lotion that gets you all of the glowy goodness with none of the side effects. Greenberg recommends Versa Spa Gradual Tanning Spa Butter. It has the whipped butter texture that we love in a lotion, while getting your skin up to its deepest bronze in a week’s time. Tan-Luxe The Butter, another rich-textured lotion that you’ll savor slathering on your skin, will keep your skin dewy and golden without these weird things the sun does to your body.

Best for self-tanning in a hurry

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No time to add another step to your morning routine? Try Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, which you can use right in the shower. Simply rub onto damp skin post-shower in place of your regular moisturizer. You’ll save time all while looking like you just had a week off.

Best self-tanner with SPF

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If oil-drenched legs were a staple of your childhood, you’ll love the (much safer) tan that comes courtesy of a self-tanning oil with SPF. These luxurious oils give your skin the sheen that of a just-vacationed glow. For lightweight coverage, Moroccanoil Sun Oil SPF 15 lets you tan over time. Reapply up to every two hours until you’ve reached the desired level of tan, whether you want to look like you spent one day in the park or two weeks on a Caribbean cruise. Bonus: It’s nourishing for skin thanks to a combination of vitamin E and argan oil, which also means it smells delicious. Since oil doesn’t meld well on all skin types, be sure to test a patch of product on the underside of your arm and wait 24 hours before applying to the whole body. Once you do that, you should also try out these other great argan oil uses for health and beauty.

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