Color Me Good
We risk orange streaks to find treatments that provide a believable bronze.
Dove Energy Glow
This moisturizer produces subtle, even, and very gradual results—you’ll need at least three applications to notice a glow. Light-skinned gals should try the medium-to-dark formula for faster tans, while olive-skinned women can layer it over a stronger self-tanner to cover up any streaks.
$8, Walgreens, 429 Brookline Ave., Boston, 617-232-7506, walgreens.com.
Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self-Tanning Formula
Kiehl’s formula, packed with natural ingredients like apricot kernel oil and cocoa butter, feels almost like a body lotion—and spreads easily and evenly for a medium glow.
$23, Kiehl’s, 112 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-1777, kiehls.com.
Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
It’s no mystery why this self-tanner is on its way to joining Chanel No. 5 perfume and Maybelline Great Lash mascara in the pantheon of best-loved beauty products. The clear gel yields natural color in one application, and its light scent, while not quite sophisticated, is the least offensive of the bunch.
$30, Saks Fifth Avenue, Prudential Center, Boston, 617-262-8500, saksfifthavenue.com.
Bronzing Treatment at Bella Santé Spa
The 50-minute therapy includes a full-body exfoliation followed by an extremely thorough self-tanner application that feels like a massage. (And we do mean thorough: Even veteran spa-goers may be surprised at the lengths the aesthetician goes—under full-strength fluorescent lighting—to bronze derrières and upper thighs.) The streak-free results are worth the mortification.
$90, Bella Santé, 38 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-9930, bellasante.com.