5 Best Self Tanners For Your Face

Say hello to sun-kissed radiance! Dive into our guide on the 5 Best Self Tanners for Your Face, unlocking the secrets to a flawless and bronzed complexion

Today we’re taking the scaries out of using self tanners for your face.

If you’ve been hesitant about trying self tanners on your face for fear of creating a hot orange mess, fear no more. I’ve got you covered with the best self tanners and a few tips to get that sun-kissed glow all year round.

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Suntegrity Moisturizing Self Tanner

Best Self Tanner For The Face

I love how natural the Suntegrity self tanner looks on my face.  While it can be used on your body as well, I love using this brand on my face.  It gives my skin a glow and a nice tan look to it, without looking orange or overdone. Plus, there is no self tanner smell to it!  It has a strawberry scent, which might sound weird, but it actually isn’t strong at all and just masks the self tanner scent. It does have natural fragrance in it, however it’s not synthetic.

Why use a self tanner for your face? 

There are many, many reasons to use self tanner in general, but here are some reason I specially use it for my face:

  • No makeup days. Self tanner is a great way to elevate your complexion without having to wear makeup.
  • Year round glow. Even if I lived in a sunny climate year round, I wouldn’t want to expose my skin to the sun all of the time but I still want that sun-kissed look!
  • Minimize the risk of skin damage due to sun exposure. While I’m not opposed to exposing my skin to the sun, I also don’t want to fry my skin and increase my risk of skin cancer. Unfortunately, my skin doesn’t tan easily but this may not be the case for your skin type.
  • Minimize signs of early aging. I don’t want to speed up the aging process if I can help it. Constant sun exposure for most of us lends itself to the early onset of fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Quick, lasting results. I love that I can apply a self tanner and within an hour or two see results that last for a few days depending on the self tanner.
  • Even tan. Let’s face it a self tanner, if done right can look better than a regular sun-induced tan. No redness, inflamed skin, sun spots, you get the picture.
There are different types of self tanners: cream, mousse, gel or drops.

Considerations When Choosing A Self Tanner For Your Face

1. Ingredients

What to look for:

Self tanners that are non-comedogenic meaning they won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts.

Ingredients to avoid:

  • Artificial dyes and fragrances.
  • Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. This antimicrobial preservative is a formaldehyde-releasing ingredient.
  • Phthalates and parabens.
  • Alcohol or ethanol.
  • Comedogenic ingredients – octyl stearate, isopropyl myristate, and mineral oil.

2. Application Type

  • Cream or mousse is best for dry skin. 
  • Mousse is lighter and easier to apply and dries quickly.
  • Drops are a great option if you want to control your level of tan. It’s also more fool-proof because you can add them to your moisturizer and achieve a streak-free, natural glow.
  • Gel is a good option for oily or combination skin as it has a matte finish.

3. Skin Type

  • Pale skin – choose a self-tanner in the fair to medium color range or that contains between 1-3% DHA.
  • Medium or olive skin – you have more color flexibility so you can choose medium to dark shades with 5% DHA.
  • Dark skin – look for self tanners that contain more than 5% DHA.
  • Application Type
  • Cream or mousse is best for dry skin. 
  • Mousse is lighter and easier to apply and dries quickly.
  • Drops are a great option if you want to control your level of tan. It’s also user-friendly because you can add them to your moisturizer.
  • Gel is a good option for oily or combination skin as it has a matte finish.

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Best Self Tanners For Your Face

How To Best Apply Face Self Tanner

Skin Prep

  1. Cleanse skin with an oil-free cleanser.
  2. Exfoliate skin by using a mitt or other gentle exfoliating product. Check out my favorite Exfoliators For Dry Skin here!
  3. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to any dry spots on your face.
  4. Splash cold water on your face or use a cold wash cloth or a cool roller to close pores. It’s also important to dry your face for an even application.


Use your fingers or a brush to massage the self-tanner into your face covering the front, sides, and even around the ears and neck. A brush can assist in pushing the color deeper into the skin thereby minimizing unsightly streaking.

Post Application Tips

  • Wash or scrub your hands to avoid staining your hands.
  • Spray a lightweight serum or use an oil-free moisturizer to hydrate skin.
  • Avoid exfoliating or using products with retinoids as they can decrease the lifespan of your tan and dry out your face.

Check out my Natural Self Tanning Routine here.

Did I miss your favorite self tanner for the face? Share it below!

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


  1. Katelyn

    Have you tried Salty Face? I’m curious about that one!

    • Suzi

      I haven’t but I’ll check it out! Thanks for the rec!


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