Self-tanners should be chosen based on skin type. They are available in gels, mousses, lotions, even towelettes. Some self-tanners create a gradual tan while others give an instant tan so be sure to read the package. Most of the self-tanners recommend that you exfoliate first and apply evenly. It is also a good idea to moisturize dry areas like ankles, knees or elbows so that the tanner doesn’t cause those drier areas to get too dark. Some self-tanners have fragrances which can trigger asthma or contain paraben which can effect the endocrine system, so be sure and read the content label if you are concerned about these ingredients.
Here are the top 5 best reviewed sunless tanners reported by Consumer Search in March 2011: