Winter isn’t just a time for cuddling up with loved ones on the sofa and enjoying a hot tea.

In winter, we tend to have dry and flaky skin, and worst of all, we can look ashy and dull.

You don’t need to be as tan as you were in summer, but a bit of a bronze can really do a lot to perk up your mood. When you take photos, and the flash makes you look like Casper, it might be time to invest in a self-tanner.

And they aren’t what they used to be. You surely remember when fake tanners were all orange and stinky. Well, they have made a lot of progress since then.

Say no to the tanning beds and yes to fake tanners. They aren’t just safer for your health, but cheaper too.

So, which are the best?

St. Moriz Self-Tanning Mousse (Shop here)

This tanning mousse is ideal if you are new to fake tanning. It can be an intimidating process, but this product makes it so much easier. This mousse comes in medium and deep depending on your desired results.

The mousse has a guide color so you can see exactly where you are applying it to avoid streaks and patches. It applies like a dream. It smoothes into the skin and dries in minutes. There is no need to walk around naked, waiting for that sticky feeling to go away because there is no sticky feeling.

It won’t rub off on your clothes or your sheets, and it actually smells good. You’ll leave it on while you sleep, rinse off the guide color in the morning, and you’re done. All you have left is to enjoy your lovely golden glow.

You can apply it a couple of nights in a row for a deeper color. It will last about a week before you should exfoliate to avoid patchiness and then reapply. You also want to be sure you are using a good lotion daily to keep up your skin’s hydration. That will keep your tan lasting longer and looking its best.

Hawaiian Tropic Sunless Tan Gradual Tanning Lotion (Shop here)

If going from pale to tan overnight is a bit too intense for you, this is the lotion you want. You use it as your daily moisturizer, and it slowly builds up a subtle depth and glow to your skin. It smells amazing, is easy to apply, keeps your skin nice and soft, and is affordable. What more could you want? Oh, and it is vegan, cruelty-free, and reef-friendly.

Isle Of Paradise Self Tanning Drops (Shop here)

If you’re looking to tan your face and neck, this is the product for you. You add a few drops into your favorite moisturizer, and you’re good to go. They won’t make you break out or look too tan. There are three shades to choose from, and the more drops you use, the darker your color will be. These drops also condition the skin and help even the skin tone from redness or irritation. Just be sure to wash your hands after using them.

Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Mitt (Shop here)

No matter what method of fake tanning you use, you’ll want to use a tanning mitt. There are disposable ones, but the reusable ones are washable and better for the environment. These give you a smooth streak-free color and won’t turn your palms orange.

Picking up a few is your best bet if you like to self-tan regularly. They ensure you won’t end up missing a spot or looking blotchy.