The 10 Best Tanning Oils
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in May of 2018. If you love to keep your skin golden all year round, consider picking up a quality tanning oil. They are formulated to give you a deep, long-lasting tan quickly, so you don't have to spend quite so much time in the sun, and many contain moisturizing ingredients, too. Be aware, however, that they intensify the effects of the sun on your skin, and are not to be used as UV protection. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best tanning oil on Amazon.
Decléor Sun Aromessence Serum Boasting a silky and refined texture, this tan activator from Decléor prepares the face for sun exposure and promotes an even and long-lasting tan. It uses an all-natural solution that contains geranium, chamomile, carrot, and argan oils. It works to boost the skin's natural defenses and stimulate melanin production while helping to reduce dehydration and preserve youthful-looking skin. It also boasts rice essential oil, which contains a natural SPF to protect skin from UV rays. harrods.com
Bali Body Natural With grapeseed extract, coconut, vitamin E, and olive and jojoba oils, Bali Body's Natural Tanning and Body Oil can be used on the face as well as the rest of the body. Apply it prior to sun exposure for a glowing tan, or as a nourishing body oil anytime. It's natural, hydrating, vegan-friendly, and good for treating dry or eczema-prone skin. balibodyco.com
October 05, 2019:
Before we get into the details of our latest update, we want to stress that by nature, tanning oils do not provide enough sun protection to keep you safe from harmful UV rays. The FDA suggests using something with at least an SPF of 15 (which you'll find in Moroccanoil Sun Oil and Sun Bum Hypoallergenic) but most experts, including the American Academy of Dermatology, believe that SPF 30 is the lowest you should go, and that's in conjunction with sunglasses and protective clothing. For true sun protection, always put on sunscreen before applying tanning oil. It should help keep you safe and won't interfere with your ability to get a lovely, healthy-looking glow.
Our priorities for this list included efficacy, smooth texture, quality ingredients, a pleasant scent, and easy application. We incorporated tried-and-true selections from the likes of Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic as well as the much-loved Australian Gold.
When our previous #5 Hampton Sun became unavailable, we took the opportunity to recommend Moroccanoil Sun Oil, a high-end, luxe option that has SPF 15, uses nourishing argan oil and vitamin E, and relieves dry skin while helping the user achieve a sun-kissed look.