The first few weeks of summer are totally magical. You get to forgo tights and sweaters, and welcome sundresses, shorts, and tank tops instead. However, is your skin ready for all the extra exposure? We’ve rounded up our favorite self tanners to create a natural looking glow- avoiding sun damage in the process! The point of self tanners is not to channel an Oompa Loompa or look like a professional bodybuilder onstage. Instead, they should add a light tint and even out skin tone. Whether you choose a lotion, mousse, spray, or bodywash (you read that right!!), be sure to follow instructions and take extra care in the application. The products we’ve chosen were hand selected from our personal experiences and ratings- and when used correctly and carefully, none should leave you feeling streaky, orange, or sticky! Our tips?? Exfoliate really well beforehand, wear gloves, and pick out the perfect outfit to show off that sunless tan!!

Shop Rue: 1. Omorovicza // 2. Sonia Kashuk // 3. Bobbi Brown // 4. Kate Somerville // 5. St. Tropez // 6. Perricone MD // 7. Clarins // 8. Bare Minerals // 9. Josie Maran