Full disclosure: I loooooove being tan. I know, I know, it’s not exactly the most chic admission in these days of full-body sun protection, but there’s something about a golden glow that makes me feel healthy and happy – especially in these summer months.

What I don’t love, however, is skin damage, and in my thirties I’ve finally wised up to the fact that real sun exposure does not make for pretty skin.

After my second pregnancy, an icky patch of melasma popped up on my forehead, and my derm told me that it’s basically the hardest thing to treat. Guess what makes it flare up? Even the tiniest bit of sun exposure, so I’ve finally come around to completely protecting my face whenever I’m outside. Still though, I’m one of those people who gets the “you’re always so tan!!!” comments on the regular, and it’s not exactly totally natural (LOL.) As a longtime beauty junkie, you can bet that I’ve got quite the bathroom arsenal of sunless tanner and sunscreen products to get me through any situation, and these are the 8 items I swear by for a naturally glowing tan without the sun damage. Scroll on, and soak up that sun safely!

Loreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse

Y’all, in my opinion this is the most underrated drugstore product out there. I’ve used just about every popular sunless tanner on the market, from the pricey (St. Tropez) to the weird (foams, sprays, and wipes), and this light watery product is the best. It goes on clear, doesn’t come off on clothes, and is extremely forgiving — I’m not even that careful when I put it on, and I never get streaks. Also, it lasts up to two weeks!

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster

A couple years ago, I noticed the pores around my nose and chin were getting really clogged, and after some experimentation I traced the cause to my body self tanner that I was slathering all over my face, too. No bueno. This genius product was the answer to my problem and I now use it all year around for a subtle glow that I can amp up or down depending on the season. A few drops of this serum into any facial moisturizer or foundation instantly turns it into a sunless tanner that’s right in line with your own skincare, without adding an extra step. Dontcha just love innovation?

Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

Since the Loreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum (slide 1) adds a pretty dramatic tan, this product is my go-to for a mid-winter glow, and it’s also perfect for all you fair complexion sisters out there. Slather it on while your body is still wet at the end of a shower, dry off like normal, and say hello to moisturized, subtly glowing skin that builds more color over time. I’ve never gotten a single streak from this product.

Coola Summer Crush Tinted Mineral Lip Lux

Lips often get neglected in the sun protection department, but if you want full pillowy and soft lips to complement tan, it’s essential! This is THE best lip sun protection hands down, and the soft color looks like your natural lips, but sexier. Perfect for poolside looks.

Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder

For my fellow ladies that like to wear a touch of makeup even at the beach, the whole reapplying sunscreen thing has always been a challenge. Not so anymore, since Supergoop’s Invincible Setting Powder is the perfect way to touch up your makeup (it has a matte imperfection-blurring finish) and provide mineral broad-spectrum UV protection without clogging pores.

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Okay, this may sound like it serves a similar purpose as the Supergoop Powder from the previous slide, but they’re both essentials in my makeup bag. I like to use this one as “bonus” coverage on top of any makeup or when I’m barefaced. It’s super light and also has the most refreshing, invigorating scent that instantly makes me feel like I’m at a tropical beach resort.

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Comments (9)
  1. 1
    Audrey June 22, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Any cruelty free recommendations?


    • Camille Styles June 24, 2018 at 9:19 am

      These are the products that I specifically use on a very regular basis, but I would love to hear some cruelty free recos from any readers that have experience with them!

    • Laura July 29, 2018 at 7:34 am

      A cruelty free sunscreen that I have been loving is sun bum. We picked some up before a trip to the coast and it works great and smells so good! I also like it because they have reef friendly products so that we don’t cause harm to coral reefs (many common ingredients in sunscreens do) in attempting to protect our skin.

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    Eva June 22, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Jergen is OG but great! Have you tried any St. Tropez? I’ve heard good things about that brand too!

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

    • Camille Styles June 24, 2018 at 9:18 am

      St Tropez is definitely great, but for me the Loreal works just as well at a fraction of the price. Which is great since I don’t feel bad about going through bottles FAST! 😉

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    Laura June 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Love St Tropez, I’m skeptical of sublime bronze but I’m willing to try it. Great round up!

    • Camille Styles June 24, 2018 at 9:17 am

      I’m telling you, its GREAT! Let me know what you think! 🙂

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    Anna June 10, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I’ve recently bought the St Tropez shower self-tanning lotion and although I didn’t end up getting too many streaks, it is really hard to get it off tiles and shower curtain! It’s supposed to be a gradual tan but I can’t really see any difference, so I am definitely looking for new and cheaper solutions and will go buy the Loreal right away!

    xx Anna |mylondonandbeyond.wordpress.com

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    Ellie June 10, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I always use a sunless tanner so I love seeing these and need to try!!


    Ellie xx



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