Our top picks for Sunless Tanners



Ever since designer, Coco Chanel bucked the pale societal conventions of the 1920s and returned from vacation looking like a bronze goddess, women have longed for flawless, golden skin.

Sunless tanners allow you to look like you just walked off a beach without exposing yourself to the potentially harmful effects of harsh sunlight or tanning bed rays. Get

ready for swimsuit season with the top five sunless tanners based on expert beauty editor reviews.

Guerlain Terracotta Self-Tanning Spray

Guerlain of Paris was one of the early pioneers of sunless tanners and its Self-Tanning Spray is still considered one of the best spray tanners available. Earning top marks from "Allure," "Glamour" and "Oprah" beauty editors, this product allows you to spray an even coat all over your entire body.  This lightly scented self-tanner doesn`t need to be rubbed in and you`ll be dry enough to dress within 5 to 10 minutes of application. Guerlain Terracotta Self-Tanning Spray gives users a very natural, brown color that deepens within a few hours, so there`s none of that obvious fake tan orangey color.

Running between $50 and $60 a bottle, this sunless tanning product is one of the pricier ones. Fortunately, one bottle should see you through the summer.

Jergens Natural Glow

When Jergens came out with their original Natural Glow Body Moisturizers back in 2005, the ladies went gaga and the editors at "Oprah," "Allure" and "Glamour" all named this product as one of the top sunless tanners. The creamy, non-sticky formula gives gals a streak-free tan that gradually darkens up to six days after use.  Now with Jergens Natural Glow Express, you can start to see the same warm bronze tones after just a single application. This fast-acting version gives you a natural looking, gradual tan while moisturizing your skin.

Jergens Natural Glow products typically cost less than $10 at drugstores and are available in Fair to Medium or Medium to Tan shades.

Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel

Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel is considered one of the best do-it-yourself sunless tanners because it is easy to use and never streaks. The clear, non-sticky gel absorbs instantly and you will see results within a few hours. This product has won numerous "Allure" Best in Beauty and Readers` Choice awards for the past decade because the golden glow is one of the best day-at-the-beach shades you can get from a sunless tanner.

Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel costs more than similar items, about $35 for 4.4 ounces. But one bottle should last you through the summer and the natural looking tan it provides might just be worth the extra cost.

Neutrogena Sun Fresh Sunless Foam

Given high marks by "Oprah" editors for the fastest soak-in time, Neutrogena Sun Fresh Sunless Foam is a feather light mousse that melts into skin in just seconds. The product uses citric acid to help the color bond with skin, so it has a crisp, clean, citrus aroma.  This streak-free product helps you achieve a golden glow in just a few hours. This inexpensive sunless tanner costs only about $10 a bottle at drugstores and comes in Fair/Medium and Medium/Deep shades.

TanTowel Self-Tanning Towelettes

TanTowel Self-Tan Towelettes come in small, portable, individually wrapped pouches that you can carry in your bag and wipe onto your skin for an instant tan. Named the best tanning wipes by "Glamour" beauty editors, this low odor tanning product darkens skin within a few hours. The quick-drying formula results in a natural looking tan with no orange in sight. This product costs about $25 for 10 half-body wipes.

Summer is the ideal time to give yourself a glowing complexion and self-tanners are the safest way to do so. Once you get your glow on, don`t forget to accessorize your summer skin with fun, flirty jewelry offered at stores such as Cookson Gold.