8 New 2019 Self-Tanning Products For A No-Risk — & Low Effort — Glow


I don't have to tell you about the perils of tanning, especially sans sunscreen... according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. That's where self-tanner comes into play: you get the sun-kissed finish of your dreams without actually having to sit in the sun. But anyone who's used the product knows that they sometimes tend to veer orange, or leave obvious streaks. But now, the new self-tanners of 2019 can give you that beachy glow without much mess. Or effort, really.

It should also come as no surprise that sunless tanners have the dermatologists seal of approval: "I think they're great," Dr. Daniel Belkin, a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at New York University, tells TZR. "Any real suntan requires cell damage. That leads to signs of sun damage and aging including wrinkles, laxity, sunspots, skin cancers — later on in life. Self-tanners create a relatively natural-looking tan without requiring any of the costs of sun damage."

In terms of application, the key is to prep your skin beforehand so that the product goes on smoothly — whether it be mousse, lotion, or gel. "Exfoliate well, and protect the areas of your skin that are known to be drier — such as hands, feet, elbows, ankles, and wrists — with a light layer of lotion. This will help solution to apply and develop evenly, as dry spots can cause product to cling giving away your faux-glow," Alexandra DiMarchi, Tan-Luxe’s Global Tanning Expert, tells TZR. "And afterwards, wipe your palms with an exfoliating cleansing wipe to remove any unwanted product. Use a Q-tip for precision removal around your cuticles, too."

There you have it — South of France brilliance, all thanks to a bottle. See the best innovations ahead.

Protect + Tan 2 in 1 Sunscreen SPF 50 infused with Gradual Self-Tanner Spray


Mystic Tan

Dr. Belkin's main qualm with tanners is the fact that they don't provide sufficient SPF. "It’s important to note that for sun protection, a proper sunscreen has to be applied on top,” he explains. This 2-in-1 spray flawlessly kills two birds with one stone.

Self-Tanning Mousse


Bali Body

Mousse formulas are on an uptick since the product doesn't get all over the place. This particular one dries fast, so you don't have to quarantine yourself from your friends and family all weekend.

Self-Tan Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse



With an applicator mitt and a candy-shop scented mousse, you can cancel your standing tanning salon appointment — because it's just that good.

Mocha-Kyssed Bronzer & Anti-Orange Booster


Mystic Tan

Gone is the notion that self-tanners dry your skin out — this one from mystic contains hyaluronic acid to lock moisture in.

The Quickie Kit



Clean Tan

This new launch is plant-based and made with 100 percent clean ingredients... but the results are still so powerful. The tint is derived from dark organic cocoa fruit extract, beet extract, organic blue-green algae, and luscious caramel.

Organic Sunless Tan Luminizing Body Serum



Coola's new serum allows you to build your tan gradually, as the light formula is meant for layering.

Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion


St. Tropez

Like the serum, this lightweight lotion helps you build your tan gradually — and it smells divine, too.

Tan in a Mitt Infused Self Tan Mitt



Lori Braun, the founder of HauteBronze, created TanTowel, the original self-tanning towelette. Her new one-time use mitt aims to do the same, while covering more of your body.