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You Can Find Safe, Effective Self Tanners That are Made in The USA
USA Love List has discovered plenty of self tanners made in USA for you to choose from.
Your skin is the largest organ your body inhabits, so it's important to care for it. That care includes wearing sunscreen in order to avoid skin cancer. But you don't have to give up your dewy, sun-kissed glow in the process.
As we learn more about the harmful effects of the sun, researchers have done their part to develop some great self-tanners. Gone are the days when your sunless tan products turned your body orange or made it smell like a chemical factory. Many of the self-tanners we recommend will make you appear as if you've spent hours in the sun. Furthermore, some of the products acquire their fragrance from natural products like coconut oil.
Why Choose USA-Made Self-Tanners?
Sunless tanners made in the USA are safe to use, which is one of the primary reasons we highly recommend them. USA products undergo testing to ensure their safety and efficacy. When you purchase a self-tanner made from outside the US (or any skincare product, for that matter), you are not guaranteed that the product has undergone any testing, and you can be left feeling unsure about the safety of its ingredients.
Few, if any, of the recommended sunless tanning products contain the kind of alcohol that dries out your skin. Most of them contain natural oils and butters that nourish your skin without making it greasy.
Clean? Organic? Non-Toxic? Vegan? What Do These Terms Mean?
Part of the confusion in knowing just what to purchase is a result of all the terms used to describe self-tanners. Some of the terms are clearly defined and require certifications for the products to feature a certain label. We'll do our best to briefly clarify these terms to help you choose wisely.
Organic: The natural product used comes from a source that doesn't use synthetic, harmful pesticides or fertilizers.
Clean: While there's no legal or official definition of this word as it relates to skin care, individual companies will use “clean” to market their own definitions and features. “Clean” isn't necessarily organic or all-natural. Generally speaking, “clean” refers to ingredients, whether natural or synthetic, that are safe for the individual and the environment.
Non-Toxic: Similar to the word “clean,” “non-toxic” can carry a number of definitions depending upon the company using it. Generally speaking, “non-toxic” refers to ingredients that do not disrupt the body's endocrine system nor contain carcinogens.
Cruelty-Free: The product is not tested on animals.
Vegan: The product uses zero animal by-products.
All-Natural: The ingredients used come from natural sources.
Beauty By Earth Self-Tanner Tanning Lotion is made with natural and organic oils and butters. This tanner has no artificial fragrance and no added dyes or colors, so it will not stain your sheets or clothing. The fragrance is a natural, light coconut scent. Beauty by Earth Self Tanner is gentle for sensitive skin and can be used every day (though once a week is usually a just right tint for most). Not only does the company offer self-tanner in lotion form, but it also has options of tanning mouse, spray, and water. Beauty By Earth also has face tanner. It offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Botanic Tree Organic Sunless Tanner offers this face and body self-tanner for fair and dark complexions. It is odorless, quick-drying, and transfer-resistant. Its ingredients include passion fruit and coconut, moringa to boost collagen, and shea butter and jojoba oil to moisturize.
Caribbean Sol Beach Colours Natural Self-Tanner is one of several products made by a family-owned company in sunny Florida. Their products, including the self-tanner, are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and all-natural. Also cruelty-free, it is made with organic aloe, cucumber, and several nourishing oils and butters that nourish the skin without leaving it feeling greasy.
You won't be disappointed with COOLA's Organic Sunless Tan Firming Lotion. COOLA is a favorite brand for made-in-the-USA sunscreen, and the company also has Sunless Tan Firming Lotion, Mousse, and several sunless tanning facial products. All of COOLA’s sunless tanning products are vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. You’ll discover a nice piña colada fragrance derived from natural ingredients, and the application feels lightweight.
Although it's technically not a self-tanner since it's removed at the end of the day, we have to applaud Drunk Elephant for offering D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops. The company confirms that this topical product is made in the USA, is vegan, and uses no harmful ingredients whatsoever. To use, apply a few drops into your morning moisturizer for an overall warm, glowing effect. Use on your face, chest, arms, legs—anywhere you want a touch of bronze. To remove, use a makeup remover facial wipe, or simply wash your face.
A Josie Maran associate confirms that its Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Body Oil is made in the USA in Hollywood, California. The same is true for all Josie Maran products. The self-tanning oil contains, as the name reflects, argan oil, as well as aloe vera juice, coconut, and green tea leaf extract, along with other organic naturally-derived ingredients. It’s cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and mineral oil-free. The argan oil feels luxurious but not greasy.
My Skin's Friend Organic Tanning Spray is a non-aerosol mist that contains no chemicals. It's BPA and phthalate-free, vegan and cruelty-free. There is no horrible odor, and it's fast drying for a natural-looking tan. My Skin's Friend dries in about 5 minutes, and the tan develops over a few hours. You can use it on your face AND your body, and the company offers a three-month money-back guarantee. This product is made in small batches in Nashville, Tennessee.
New-ish to the sunless tanning market is REBLEX, with its Premium Self Tanner that's made in Michigan. A liquid, this self-tanner is best applied with an application mitt. It has a built-in instant bronzer that when applied, shows where you have applied your lotion in order to avoid streaking. REBLX also carries a similar self-tanner in spray form and a pre-tan exfoliant made with pecan shells. The self-tanners can be used on the face. The REBLX team highlights its quality customer service, an added benefit for shopping USA-made.
Suntegrity Skincare was created by Tricia Trimble, who lost her mother to skin cancer. Suntegrity’s Natural Self-Tanner contains antioxidants and organic botanicals, including sugar beet DHA, a safe alternative to synthetic Dihydroxyacetone found in older sunless tanners. It also is made with a nice combination of organic oils and butters for a wonderfully hydrating experience. The company makes all its products in the USA in FDA-regulated labs located in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and New Jersey.
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Tammy Tilley is a southern transplant living in the Midwest. Growing up in the West Virginia hills, she was surrounded by family and friends who made things with their hands, from a penny whistle carved from the backyard tree’s branches to the hand-hewn wooden cradle gifted to her when her firstborn arrived. As an adult, she continues to be fascinated by the small cottage businesses the Amish and Mennonite communities cultivate in Northern Indiana. Tammy holds a B.A. and M.S. in English/Education.