Your Guide to Every Type of Self-Tanner Formula

Let’s be honest: Self-tanner is one of the trickiest beauty products to use. One wrong move and you’ll end up looking more like an orange Oompa Loompa than a bronzed Victoria’s Secret model. And during the summer months, it’s hard to cover up self-tanner goofs (we’re looking at you, streaks and splotches!) when you’re living in T-shirts and shorts. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are lots of different types of self-tanners on the market, so the key is finding one that you can apply without having to worry about less-than-desirable results. The majority of self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which, according to the Food and Drug Administration, interacts with dead skin cells on your skin’s surface to temporarily darken your skin color. Keep reading to learn about the many varieties of self-tanner formulas so that you can find your perfect match for a golden glow (sans sun damage) this summer.

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