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self-tan products

Don’t let the temperamental Texas weather keep you from getting your glow on all summer long.

Gone are the days of frying by the pool under a sheen layer of baby oil, but the risky trial and error of self-tanners can leave you a streaky, orange mess.  Fortunately, recent product innovations allow you to tailor your tan to your lifestyle and beauty regimen, turning you the perfect shade without baking in the sun’s UV rays. 

Whether you are spending the summer season at the office or jet setting around the globe, these must-have self-tanning products are the key to perpetuating a flawless sun-kissed glow. 

The Classic: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse (Nordstrom or Macy’s, $18-42)
For a trustworthy, long-lasting tan this fan-favorite mousse is a must-have. The lightweight formula tailors to individual skin tone and dries quickly. The St. Tropez Applicator Mitt, also available at Sephora, ensures a smooth and even finish.

On-the-Go: Kate Somerville Somerville360° Tanning Towelettes (Nordstrom, $48-75)
These towelettes will give you an even, streak-free tan with only a single, speedy application. Clean skin in a circular motion over your face or body for a natural glow within two to four hours. Stash these towelettes in your purse for those on-the-go tanning emergencies. 

Spritz of Glow: Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water (Sephora, $28)
This self-tanning water uses color-correcting actives and clean, hydrating ingredients for a brightening natural tan in just a few spritz. The three bases—peach (light), green (medium) and violet (dark)—produce different shades of tan and offer various healing properties.

Dropping In: Tan Luxe Illuminating Self-Tan Drops (Sephora, $49-59)
Transform any moisturizer, serum, or oil into a custom self-tanner with this tanning concentrate.  Add one to four drops to your favorite skincare products before bed and wake up with a radiant faux glow. Offered for the face and body in light/medium and medium/dark shades.  

Sun Safe: Supergoop Sunless Tan Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (Sephora, $38)
For a sunless tan with some extra protection, Supergoop’s self-tanning sunscreen is the product for you. Apply with a light spray to face and body for buildable, scent free, long-lasting color.

Going Pro: St. Tropez Pro-Light Spray Tan System (Nordstrom or Macy’s, $229)
Get a salon-quality tan at-home with this St. Tropez spray tan machine. Sold with their St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mist and Spray Tan Technique Guide, this user-friendly option will deliver the perfect golden tan.

If a DIY tan isn’t for you, Spa Nordstrom also offers spray tan services. Call 214.231.3900 to make an appointment.