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These Are The Self-Tanning Products You Need For A Pre-Summer Glow

Sun-kissed never felt so good.

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With summer quickly approaching, we've been prepping our suitcases for that dream vacation that's been planned for months. But our gummy sandals and lace-up bikinis are missing one last accessory: sun-kissed skin. We've pulled together a selection of paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free products that will give you a long-lasting, natural-looking tan without damaging your skin, so you can get that summer glow before the season even begins. 

There are many reasons why you might consider reaching for the self-tanner at this time of year: maybe you live in a place where snow stays firmly on the ground until April, or you're trying to avoid that awkward in-between period of spring when you want to show a little skin, but that skin is suffering from a serious post-winter anti-tan. Perhaps you dread the sunshine because your skin is so sensitive that the slightest hint of a UV ray leaves you looking more lobster-red than sun-kissed. 

This year, avoid all of the above problems with the simple application of a natural self-tanner. But heed our warning: read the instructions carefully, and remember to use a mitt. Gradual tanning is important, we don't want anyone making the same mistake as Ross from Friends ("Mississippilessly?") or that unforgettable moment in Bride Wars where a spray tan went horribly wrong for Anne Hathaway. 

To make your skin glow ahead of summer, check out the all-natural self-tanning lotions and serums below:
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bareMinerals Faux Tan Body Sunless Body Tanner- $32
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Alba Botanica Emollient Sunless Tanning Lotion - $9.85
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Kiehls Sun Free Self Tanning Formula - $35
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Lush Black Stockings Solid Body Tint - $11.95
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First Aid Beauty Slow Glow Self Tanning Moisturizer - $35
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Beauty by Earth Self-Tanner - $24.99
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Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse Tanning Mitt Duo - $65
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True Natural Self Lotion Medium Tan - $23.63
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St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse - $54
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Lavera Self Tanning Lotion - $39.24
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Tarte Self Tanner Application Mitt - $7
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