(Source: St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, $43; Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum, $47; Sephora Gradual Self-Tanning Face Water, $16)
Remember when self-tanning options were limited to a few funny-smelling potions that turned you Oompa-Loompa orange? (We'd love to forget but the photos from our ninth-grade homecoming dance make it hard to.) These days, the berth of bronze-bestowing formulas on the market is borderline-overwhelming. And thanks to a few unique new products, the self-tanning space just get even more diverse.
First up are the oils. (And wasn't it only a matter of time before oils infiltrated this last un-oiled frontier of our beauty routine?) Dry-oil formulas such as St. Tropez's Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil
($43) and Christian Dior's Bronze Self-Tanning Oil Natural Glow
($40) go on silky smooth, offering both a temporary golden color and an instant dose of luminous, skin-glistening sheen. (Source: St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, $43; Christian Dior Bronze Self-Tanning Oil Natural Glow, $40)
Meanwhile, Tarte's Maracuja Bronzing Serum
($47) is formulated specifically for your sun-starved visage. It's essentially Tarte's cult-favorite Maracuja Oil
(in all its anti-aging, radiance-boosting, skin-smoothing glory) with the added benefit of a self-tanning complex that develops a natural-looking color over time. Spread just a few drops on your face after cleansing at night, and you're basically killing two birds with one stone.
(Source: QVC; Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum, $47)
And then there's Sephora's new Gradual Self-Tanning Face Water
($16), the first known H2O-style entrant into the fake-sun market. The clear liquid goes on just like a toner (cotton swab and all), and gradually imparts a convincing and totally streak-free summer glow. (Source: Sephora; Sephora Gradual Self-Tanning Face Water, $16)
Would you try any of these newfangled self-tanners? Let us know below!