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The Worst Self Tanners

Updated on May 17, 2016

Self tanners allow us to protect our skin and stay out of the sun. It is the safe way to getting a deep golden bronze and can be done overnight. But there is nothing worse than a fake tan gone wrong. Streaky, orange, and blotchy is not attractive. No one wants to be an oompa loompa! So here is my list of the worst self tanners so you can avoid those self tanner mishaps!


Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Mist

This self tanner comes as an aerosol spray and is said to be suitable for every skin tone. The application process is awful. The self tanner comes out as a clear mist. The fumes from the can are so bad, I would have to stop to get air before continuing. The smell is supposed to be a citrus-y smell but was completely unbearable. The color was said to develop within 4-6 hours and it never did. I re-did the application, and still ended up with no results.


Sun Labs Ultra-Dark Self-Tanning Lotion

I purchased this product after reading many rave reviews on this self-tanner. It is praised highly by YouTube gurus and blogs. After hearing all the reviews, I was excited to try this product. The lotion is extremely dark (reminds me of brownie mix) and has a pleasant cherry-almond smell. I followed the directions on the bottle and let the lotion on for a minimum of 6 hours with no water contact (applied it before bed). After I showered, I was very disappointed. The color I was left with was orange and streaky. My friends pointed out how bad the tan was. I tried Sun Labs two more times with the same results. I still am curious to try it again, so I will most likely be doing a review in a few weeks on this product. For now, this is on my worst self tanner list.


L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion

It has been one of my rules to never buy a self-tanner that has an orange bottle. This is one of those examples. The bottle claims to leave a natural, streak free tan. This turns you orange like a pumpkin. It is the worst self tanner I have ever used, hands down. Not only was the color a horrifying orange, it was streaky and blotchy.

I hope this list saves you from a self-tanning disaster! If you're new to self tanners, do you research, it'll help you in the end. Have you had any self-tanning mishaps or know of any self tanners to stay away from? Let me know!


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      Ana 4 years ago

      This is so true! I used sun labs and thought it would be amazing but it gave me the most unnatural color!

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      MissKrisCayllie 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Thanks! No sources, all my opinion and experience with these products. I appreciate the feedback.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Good review. Welcome to HubPages. Try to cite some sources, if there are any, that agree with your assertions