Posted: Jun 22, 2012 11:00 AM
If the word self-tanner brings to mind, orange, streaky, incredibly fake looking skin, then we have great news for you. Self-tanners have come a long way and we’ve rounded up a handful that you’re sure to love. Skip the damaging sun and slather on (or spray) a natural golden glow with these great products.

Step three: Make it last

Once you've scrubbed away your dry skin, applied your self-tanner and your skin is golden and lovely, the final step is to make that glow last for as long as possible. Using a great moisturizer can help to significantly extend the life of your self-tan.

Glow lotion

Price: $20

glow lotion

Body lotion

Price: $24

fortune cookie lotion

We love this highlighting glimmer lotion for the body.
 Lightly-scented with bergamot, strawberries, mandarin and warm vanilla, Soap & Glory's Glow Lotion leaves your skin looking perfectly dewy.

To keep our skin hydrated, we love Philosophy Full Of Fortune Cookie™ Body Lotion. This soothing and moisturizing body lotion is packed with natural oils, shea butter and antioxidants. We can't get enough of its orange and almond fortune cookie scent.

Step four: Protect yourself

The most important part of this process is protecting your skin while you're out in the sun. Self-tanners are great, but they don't replace sunscreen.

Mist sunscreen

Price: $32

misting sunscreen

Moisturizing lotion


moisturizing lotion

When it comes to sun protection, it doesn't get any easier than using a mist. We love Hampton Sun SPF 15 Continuous Mist Sunscreen because it's so easy to apply and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.

Lubriderm's reasonably-priced, fragrance-free Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 absorbs instantly into the skin and hydrates for hours while providing broad-spectrum coverage from the sun.

Though the days of baking in the sun to get that summer tan are (hopefully!) behind us, with just a bit of time with these great exfoliators, self-tanners, lotions and sunscreens, you can mimic that great glow in a healthy way.

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