Say Hello to Sun-Kissed Glow With These Best Gradual TannersCredit : Fleur Kaan / Unsplash

Once the COVID-19 is done, it is safe to say that everyone needs a much-needed vacation--whether it is on the mountains or beach, most of us are looking forward to the R&R that we deserve, most especially for surviving the health crisis. 

Unfortunately, experts are looking into years before the global pandemic ends and everything to go back to normal again. 

As obtained by Harvard, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci revealed that the U.S would reach a "degree of normality" by the end of 2021 with the help of vaccines. 

Until then, we still have to limit ourselves from social gatherings and observe COVID-19 protocols such as using face masks and frequent handwashing. 

I know that a lot of you have been itching to go to the beach and get that perfect sun-kissed glow, but as of now, all this will be impossible due to the pandemic restrictions. 

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Gradual Tanners Vs. Traditional Tanning Creams

Fortunately, there are tons of ways to achieve that fake tan in the comfort of your homes. 

Now, various brands are offering a hybrid of sunless tanning creams known as gradual tanners. 

Unlike conventional tanning products, it leaves harsh streak marks, and worse, it can dry out the skin. Gradual self-tanning lotions provide subtle color over time. 

The color slowly develops rather than having an instant dark bronze shade. 

The good thing about this is through repeated applications; it can build up to your desired level of tan.

Moreover, aside from the subtle glow, it also boosts hydration to the skin, making it more moisturized and healthier.

As cited by Grazia Daily UK, tanning pro and founder of luxury tanning products, Amanda Harrington, shared the benefits of using gradual tanners. 

"The beauty of gradual tan is its ability to be topped up every few days to keep up a consistent color," she mentioned.

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Three Best Gradual Tanners in the Market

Now that we've piqued your interest in these types of self-tanners, we'll give you a rundown for best selling gradual tanners, from low-end to high-end. 

Budget-Friendly: Isle of Paradise Happy Tan - Gradual

For $17, you can achieve that sun-kissed look with this easy-to-use product. 

It claims to offer a gradual color-correcting false tanning lotion that effortlessly builds a natural glow. 

Perfect for clean beauty junkies, this contains natural oils such as avocado, chia seed, and coconut to nourish and hydrate the skin simultaneously; plus, it's vegan friendly, cruelty-free, and paraben, sulfate, and phthalate-free.

Crowd Favorite: St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion

One of the most hyped self-tanning brands is St. Tropez. If you are looking for that non-sticky lotion that offers a natural and glowing finish, then the Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion is suited for you. 

It features a self-tanning effect that also has an ultra-hydrating finish. Moreover, it also comes in two shades-- the light/medium and medium/dark for that sultry glow. 

Spray-On Gradual Tan: Bondi Sands Everyday Liquid Gold

Not a fan of body lotion? Bondi Sands has a spray-on gradual tan that promises a perfect sun-kissed glow. 

It is made with coconut and argan oil, which soothes the skin and relaxes your mind with its scented formula that will give you that bronzed skin without leaving a greasy residue. 

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