Best Sunless Tanning Towelettes for a Natural Glow

We all know baking in the sun not only damages your skin, it can lead to cancer. That's why sunless tanners have gained in popularity. But finding the right blend of sunless tan versus not turning into an orange, streaky person has always been a challenge. That's why you must start with one of the top sunless tanning towelettes on the market.

The goal is to be able to wipe a sunless tanning towelette on your skin and have a gorgeous tan in as little as an hour. Sunless tanning towelettes...MORE are a simple way to get a fast-drying, natural tan as long as you know which ones are the best on the market. They're also regarded as a safer alternative to sun exposure. The key is to find the product that works best for you.

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    A picture of Tan Towels
    The Tan Towel self-tan towelette promises a natural glow without the harmful effects of sun exposure. Image Courtesy Amazon

    Tantowel promises you'll "Look Good Naked." The towelette has been written about in Lucky Magazine, Vogue, Elle and more. It's available in two different sizes and two different color variations for fair to medium and medium to dark skin tones. The downside, as you'll read in the review, is that skin turned orange and streaky. The fragrance left behind wasn't overpowering but did smell like a sunless tanner. Weigh the pros and cons of Tantowel before making your purchase.

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    Comodynes tanning towelettes
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    Comodynes sunless tanning towelettes have been featured in numerous magazines as well as on NBC's TODAY show. The product promises you'll start to see a golden brown tan within 3 hours of use. While not perfect, Comodynes will give you a nice, golden brown color that doesn't turn your skin orange. Another plus, no streaking or buildup around the knees or ankles. Try one of the smaller boxes before you commit to the brand's bigger boxes that will run you around $50. Shop around...MORE and you can get a 15 pack of Comodynes tan towels for about $15.

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    L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes
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    L'Oreal is no stranger to the sunless tanning products market. The company's self-tanning towelettes have received rave reviews from people across the globe. Each towelette combines Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Vitamin E with the self-tanner, which L'Oreal says provides soft and smooth skin. Results begin to appear within one hour of application. The good news is, you can find this sunless tanner for less than $10, which is about 30 percent lower than some of the department store self...MORE tanners. Start with the six pack of towelettes to test the product on your skin and see how this sunless tan looks on you.

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    Kate Somerville 360 Tanning Towelette
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    The Kate Somerville line of towelettes is a relative newcomer to the sunless tanning game. Introduced in the summer of 2009, these towelettes are the size of a sheet of a paper. Your tan will begin to show within two to four hours. The self-tanning ingredients are also paraben free. These sunless tanning towelettes are a pricey option, though. A pack of eight will run you close to $50. Users do report they get nice, even, golden coverage with little to no scent, though.

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    One Step Tan towelettes
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    One self-tanning towelette you don't hear much about is from One Step Tan. But this self tanner guarantees you'll get a streak-free, uniform tan. The results begin to develop within an hour after application and deepen by the third hour. The towelette also contains a light lemon smell that replaces the typical smell associated with self tanners. According to the manufacturer's website, two to three towelettes will need to be used for an all over tan. Users report a light tan, not a...MORE deep, dark tan that some of the other sunless tanners give you that scream, "Fake tan."

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    Getting the Best Sunless Tan

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    Sunless tanning can leave you orange if you don't pick the right product. Photo © Pando Hall / Getty Images

    Of course, no sunless tanning product is going to work if you haven't taken the right steps to prepare your skin properly. From proper exfoliation that reduces the chance of streaking to making sure you don't end up with orange hands, following the right tips won't guarantee you'll have a perfect natural glow from a sunless tanner but it does increase your chances considerably. One of the best tips is to try multiple products. What works for your friend, may not work for you, as...MORE your skin could react differently. Find affordable tanners that offer a money back guarantee so you can buy, try and return if you need to.