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Whether you're looking extra fair, feeling dull and dry, or craving a glowy boost, face self tanners are an easy trick to fake a weekend under the sun. While it seems simple enough, finding the best self tanner for your face and body takes a bit of research, but thankfully celebrity spray tan artist and St. Tropez spokesperson Sophie Evans (ICYMI, she just did Ashley Graham's tan for the Met Gala) is here to lead the way.
The first step to achieving a solid tan is following a less-is-more mentality. "If you use the same self tan for your face and body, your face develops slightly darker," Evans says, adding that this happens because your face has a much higher pH level. "For this reason, I would always be cautious on your first face application." So, if a product says use three to six drops on the face, do yourself a favor and use three drops until you know how dark your face will develop.
The second step is making sure your product is dermatologist-recommended. After trying a few formulas, it's time to find the absolute best self tan for your face, from drops to SPF-packed formulas, and Evans tells us how.
Peep a few of the best face self tanners, below:
What is the best self tanner for faces?
The best face tanners will contain skincare ingredients, especially if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin, Evans explains. "Nearly every person I know loves St. Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist ($33). It's good for the skin, it’s a breeze to spritz on, there is no blending required, it will never develop too dark, it smells great, it's refreshing and hydrating, and it can be used to top up hands and feet." If you want to contour your face, you can add a darker, more concentrated formula to the high points of your face with a foundation brush.
What is the best face self tanner for acne-prone skin?
Ever notice that your acne tends to diminish when you're in the sun? Evans says face self tanner has the same effect. "I love self tan on acne as it helps to conceal without makeup, making you look 100 times better." She advises on exfoliating prior to tanning, and if you have large pores you can also lightly exfoliate after tanning to prevent them from looking dark. Additionally, Evans likes to use body tanners for the face because they are more suitable for oily skin types. "Apply moisturizers and serums over the body self tan mousse to prevent any unevenness," she advises.
See below for the 14 best face self tanners in 2023.
Lily Wohlner is the Associate E-Commerce Editor of Women’s Health. An expert in recommending the best products to add-to-cart, she knows what it takes for a product to receive a solid five stars (especially when it comes to beauty!). Starting her career as a freelance makeup artist, Lily has since moved to the editorial world, where she has generated content for brands including Oribe, NewBeauty, Dermstore, SkinStore, and LOOKFANTASTIC. When she’s not zenning out with a pore-clearing mask, the Lower East Side dweller is cheffing up a new recipe with her roommate or thrifting for the perfect pair of blue jeans. Follow her on Instagram.
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