For a gorgeous, just-stepped-off-the-beach glow—minus the tan lines—look no further than our favorite self-tanners for active women
For Outdoor Runners
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If you prefer to sprint outside, slather on Australian Gold SPF 50 Lotion with Kona Coffee Bronzers ($8; ulta.com) first; it’s a tanner-sunscreen hybrid that keeps skin glowy while protecting it from sun damage.
For Workout-Induced Smudges
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Got an ankle smear from your sneakers? Use a tanning wipe like Kate Somerville 360 Body Tanning Towelettes ($48 for eight; katesomerville.com) to fix it up. “They are great for going over little areas because they are easier to control,” says Anna Stankiewcz-Babakitis, celebrity self-tanner. Bonus: It makes the perfect locker room accompaniment.
Photo: Kate Somerville
For a Post-Gym Glow
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Everyone wants radiant skin that screams just-stepped-off-the-treadmill. Get it with a facial self-tanner (but make sure it’s oil-free, says Stankiewcz-Babakitis, so you don’t have to worry about clogging your pores). Just brush on Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Mineral Bronzer ($55; sephora.com) after your moisturizer, and voilà—instant tan that lasts up to a week.
For Enhancing Your Assets
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So you want to show off your toned arms and legs. (And why shouldn’t you? You’ve been working hard for that body, after all.) Bliss Fatgirlslim Hide & Glow Sleek Firming Tinted Body Spray's ($38; blissworld.com) lightly tinted formula makes sure there is no dimple or age spot in sight—plus, it contains powerful peptides and caffeine to temporarily plump your skin.
For Women Who Prefer Quick Workouts
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When you’re always in a hurry, there is no time to wait for your tan to dry. Reach for a mousse formula instead. “The color will develop quicker because it absorbs into the skin faster than a cream,” says Stankiewcz-Babakitis. Our favorite: NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse ($20; ulta.com).
For a Sports Bra Tan
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Try a spray if you need to cover up sports bra tan lines. With Hampton Sunless Tanning Mist ($36; ulta.com), you can aim, shoot, and tint only the spots you want—and you don’t need to worry about transferring the bronzer to your clothes. (Pair your bronzed skin with one of these Sexy Sports Bras to Spice Up Your Workouts.)
Photo: Hampton Mist
For the Commitment-Phobe
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Prefer switching up your workout regime? Can’t commit to just one gym? Stankiewcz-Babakitis says the best way to get instant gratification—with no strings attached—is with a one-day-only, wash-off formula. Try St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion ($9; ulta.com).
For Regular Use
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Lengthen the life of your tan by applying a self-tanner moisturizer—we recommend Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer ($9; drugstore.com)—all over, every other day. “You just don’t want to overdo it by using one every day because you can get product build-up,” says Stankiewcz-Babakitis. Want more ways to bronze? Check out these 7 Self-Tanners That’ll Give You a Natural Glow.