Bikini Boot Camp Day 9: The Best Self-Tanners
If you can't lose it (weight, that is), tan it. A very wise person once passed along this advice to us, and we've held it dear ever since.
As you prepare to ditch the cold weather behind for spell in exhange for the warmth of a far-flung beach, we bring you our last day of Bikini Boot Camp. Below, we've created the ultimate edit of the best self-tanners on the market, in mutiple formulas from instant spray-on color to long-lasting faux glows (as in 2-3 weeks long). There's no reason to hit the beach with that newly toned, freshly scrubbed bod without a hint of color—pasty winter skin is no match for that new bikini. Stock up, exfoliate and apply. Then marvel at the effort of your labor: a gorgeous glow before you even hit the sand. Don't you feel better already?
JAMES READ BRONZING MOUSSE
A lightweight, whipped mousse that delivers drip-free, quick-drying buildable color that lasts up to five days. $38
LANCOME FLASH BRONZER FOR FACE
The sheer gel formula makes this a beauty editor cult favorite: it smooths on evenly, dries fast, and imparts a glowy bronze that rivals nature. $38
DR. DENNIS GROSS ALPHA BETA GLOWPAD FOR FACE
Smooth, restore and nourish your face while sweeping on the perfect dose of self tanner with one of these single-use pads. Perfect for in-flight use. $35
GUERLAIN TERRACOTE JAMBE DE GAZELLE
Pale legs are the saddest result of winter's dreary, sunless days. Instantly bronze your gams with this cooling spray mist, which sends a fine sheer bronze tint all over them, leaving you sundress-ready in minutes. $64
VITA LIBERATA PHENOMENAL LUXURY TAN
A lightweight, fragrance-free mousse that leaves it's bronze glow behind for at least two weeks? We're sold. $45.75