The best sunless tanning lotions from a drugstore

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The best sunless tanning lotions from a drugstore
Sunless tanners can create a tanned look without UV ray exposure. (tanned girl sitting in the sun image by Melissa Schalke from

Self-tanning lotions can be a safe and effective way to get a tan while avoiding the harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. The primary effective ingredient in drugstore self-tanning lotions is dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and is a safe option for tanning according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dove Energy Glow

Dove Energy Glow lotion is a gradual sunless tanner that Women's Health Magazine says is good for all skin types including fair skin. Dove Energy Glow has small levels of DHA coupled with high levels of glycerine, producing a noticeable but natural looking glow that builds gradually, darkening with each application.

Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer

If you are seeking a gradual and natural colour, Jurgens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer is a good choice in drugstore self-tanners. This Jurgens self-tanner ranks as a "best self-tanner" pick in the self-tanner review for 2010. Jurgens Natural Glow contains mango seed butter and vitamin E for extra moisture.

Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs

Glamour Magazine calls Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs a "genius beauty multitasker." This self-tanning lotion produces a deep tan within a couple of days and helps smooth legs at the same time.

Loreal Sublime Self Tanner

Loreal Sublime Self Tanner is a light lotion with a subtle shimmer which requires daily application. Loreal lotion has a thin consistency, but does not need to be rubbed into skin since it will absorb and spread very quickly. The Loreal Sublime Self Tanner will produce a gradual and natural looking tan.

Jurgens Natural Glow Express

Jurgens Natural Glow Express is a top five self-tanner pick for Allure Magazine: "Jergens competes against itself and wins," says Angelique Serrano, Allure Beauty Editor. The lotion is a supercharged version of the original Jurgens Natural Glow self-tanners, designed to produce a more rapid tan. Colour may begin to appear within a few hours of application and will darken with each use.

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