If you’re looking for the best outdoor tanning lotion, you’ve come to the right place. We researched some of the top brands and best-selling products. It was some of the hardest work we’ve ever done, sunning ourselves and sitting around outside. The result of all of our efforts? We put together these outdoor tanning lotion reviews to help you find the right one for you. Before we get to it, let’s look at some important features to consider.
Sunscreen - Some of these products have SPF, some don’t. If you want to give yourself a little protection while you tan or if you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, choose one with an SPF.
Bronzer - A bronzer will make your skin look tanner. Bronzers are basically self-tanners added to the tanning lotion to help you get a deeper looking tan without needed more sun to do it. A handful of our picks have bronzers.
Scented - Most of these are scented. They tend to smell like the natural ingredients that are in the formula. A lot of them have a coconut scent. One of our picks is a mineral lotion and does not have a scent.
Water Resistant - This is especially important if you’re going to be at the beach or by the pool. Of those that are water resistant, most for up to 80 minutes. That means that they’ll maintain their SPF even after that time.
Paraben Free - Parabens are a preservative that were once pretty commonly used in cosmetic products like sunscreen, lotions, and makeup. Some research shows that parabens can lead to estrogen disruption, which in turn can lead to a lot of other problems.
Weight - This is the amount of product that you’re getting and it ranges greatly in these products. The smallest amount is 3.4 oz and the most is 13.5 oz. Pay attention to this amount when comparing prices.
Now that you’ve read our short tanning lotion buying guide you should have a better idea of what to look for when shopping. So, let’s move onto our reviews. Here’s the deal: the first 2 items are our top and budget picks. If you don’t have a lot of time, start here first to get an idea of the range that’s available. Read through the reviews of all of our picks if you can. They’re all really great! OK, let’s go!
Article last updated on:
June 4, 2019