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Updated: May 9, 2018

I started experimenting with self-tanners in high school. Back then, I got whatever I could get my hands at the drugstore. Most of the time it was a cheap product that left my skin smelly and streaky. I didn’t care. I just wanted to be tan like the rest of my friends.

Over the years, I’ve learned to drop the self-tanner and embrace my fair, freckled skin. I love who I am. My freckles are a part of me.

But, sometimes I must admit it does feel great to have a little glow with the help from a few ‘redhead friendly’ self-tanners. Whether it’s applying a little bit before the weekend begins or setting a tanning schedule a few days before a big trip, I’ve learned to adjust the color necessary to make it as natural as possible.

READ: Top Self Tanning Tips for Redheads 

To save you time on trying a ton of different tanning products only to wake up and see streaky, orange spots, the How to be a Redhead beauty team has compiled a list of our favorite ‘redhead friendly’ self-tanners.

1. St. TROPEZ Self Tan Bronzing MousseThis product is a staple in our beauty routine. Invest in the St. TROPEZ mitt. It’ll make it easy to apply –– without staining your palms.

2. Tan Towel: This product has been in a few summer H2BAR beauty boxes. It’s the perfect travel companion. Pack these easy-to-pack towels and you’ll never go a day without a glow.

3. Fake Bake Self Tanning Liquid Solution Flawless Darker: Turn to Fake Bake if you’re looking for a maximum tan. You’ll see a significant difference within an hour.

4. COOLA Suncare Organic Sunless Tan Dry Oil MistJust spray and massage in circular motions. Smells like a pina colada.

5. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer: It’s no wonder this product won ‘Best Sunless Tanner’ at the 2018 How to be a Redhead Beauty Awards. It delivers a hydrated, streak-free glow that’s buildable and can be used daily.

6. Sally Hansen Airbrush Spray: If you’re looking for a little glow on your legs, turn to this easy-to-use and super affordable redhead friendly’ spray. 

7. Tan-Luxe The BODY Anti-Age Rejuvenating Self-Tan Serum DropsThis product allows you to customize your tan. Add 2-6 drops in your moisturizer to get the perfect tan.

8. Beauty by Earth Self Tanner: This is for all those redheads out there looking for a natural, organic and effective sunless tanner. Made with all organic ingredients including jojoba oil, argan oil and green tea.

9. Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion: Achieve a natural looking tan with oil-free, buildable lotion.

10. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum: You really can’t go wrong with the L’Oreal Paris Sublime line. Simply apply once a day for 3 consecutive days to create a natural bronzed look.

Rock it like a Redhead!