No need to endure the sun’s harsh rays or chemical-laden self-tanners to achieve a summer glow. These three alternatives nix the dyes and chemicals and opt for natural oils and organic ingredients—along with DHA, derived from sugar beets, which naturally darkens skin to deliver that bronze hue.
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Cocoa Glow Face & Body Cream
The organic cult-favorite Cocoa Glow Face and Body Cream ($40) was developed by Chocolate Sun, a California-based company that was among the first to offer a natural alternative in sunless tanning. The sweet-scented product features sunflower, sweet almond and coconut oils—as well as shea butter, aloe vera, green tea, vanilla and cocoa. It is also available in Cocoa Lite for fairer skin tones or anyone looking for subtler color.
Lavera Self-Tanning Lotion
Made with an ultra-nourishing blend of macadamia nut, jojoba and sunflower oils, Lavera‘s Self-Tanning Lotion ($32) is certified vegan and made with 100-percent organic ingredients. The organic lavender, aloe vera and rose water offer moisturizing benefits and a refreshing scent.
Soleil De La Mer Gradual Face & Body Tan
For a luxurious experience, splurge on the first sun collection from A-list favorite La Mer, which offers a skin-perfecting bonus in its Face and Body Gradual Tan formula ($85). Made with the company’s proprietary Miracle Broth, a soft tan is paired with long-lasting moisture, collagen-boosting and anti-aging properties—thanks in part to golden and brown algae and sea kelp.