Summer Glow: Self-Tanner, Bronzer, and More to Warm Your Skin Right Up

Written by: Jean Godfrey-June


Published on: July 18, 2023


Photo courtesy of Jana Kirn for Free People

There’s something so appealing about skin in the summer—sun-warmed, rejuvenated, and flush with energy—that makes us feel like the glowy-best versions of ourselves. To amp up your natural summer sunniness, start with an incredible self-tan (truly, it’s easier than ever—here’s the ultimate step-by-step guide) and follow with enlivening oils, elixirs, and bronzers. If you really want to kick it up a notch, send in the exfoliation and the moisture-bomb skin essentials.

Skip potentially harmful ingredients (conventional self-tanner, for example, can be made with parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, but try the clean tanning foam below and you’ll agree that it needs none of those things to be the best self-tanner on earth) and know that the glow you’re getting is a healthy one.

Saltyface also makes a gorgeous tanning water for your face. You can add a few drops to your moisturizer or SPF to nourish and hydrate skin while giving it an instant summery glow. Our tip: Use the fluffy brush to smooth the water toward the outer edges of your face and then over your neck and chest for the most natural-looking tan.

  1. For Body

    Tanning Foam
    goop, $62SHOP NOW
  2. For Face

    Tanning Water
    goop, $44SHOP NOW


For a soft, flattering allover gleam, this gorgeously scented, luxurious body oil leaves your skin with a bronzy sun-kissed glow. Coconut and avocado oils deeply moisturize, while raspberry oil soothes and energizes. Watermelon, coffee, and cacao oils play up any skin tone for a subtle, natural-looking bit of tan and gleam (no need to spend a second in the sun). Shake well and smooth over legs, shoulders—anywhere you want a little luminosity and tint.

  1. Balmyard Beauty
    Paradise Bronzing Oil
    $98.00SHOP NOW


Whether you prefer powder, cream, or liquid, a touch of bronzer goes a long way, leaving skin with a beautiful sun-kissed glow. Put it all over or just where the sun would hit—at the bridge of the nose, cheeks, temples, or décolletage—for a beautiful radiance.

  1. Subtle Shimmer Glow Drops

    RMS Beauty
    SuperNatural Radiance Serum SPF 30
    $48.00SHOP NOW
  2. Summer-in-a-Pot Cream

    RMS Beauty
    Buriti Bronzer
    $28.00SHOP NOW
  3. Matte Powder

    Westman Atelier
    Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer
    $75.00SHOP NOW


Exfoliate, moisturize, and supercharge with some antioxidants and skin will be at its fresh, dewy best.

Exfoliate Regularly

Target exfoliation from each angle—physical and chemical—for brightening, smoothing, softening, full-on radiant effects.

  1. Scrub

    goop Beauty
    Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
    $125.00/$112.00 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
  2. Serum

    goop Beauty
    Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk
    $98.00/$89.00 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
  3. Peel Pads

    goop Beauty
    15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
    $125.00/$112.00 with subscriptionSHOP NOW

Moisturize with Oils

Hydrated, supple skin that’s plump with moisture has a glow all its own. These two oils deliver long-term results as well as immediate ones, so your skin just keeps looking and feeling better.

  1. Face

    goop Beauty
    All-in-One Super Nutrient Face Oil
    $98.00/$89.00 with subscriptionSHOP NOW
  2. Body

    goop Beauty
    Afterglow Body Oil
    $48.00/$43.00 with subscriptionSHOP NOW

The Drink for Radiant Skin

Mix this with your water in the mornings for a healthy—it’s made with skin-supporting antioxidants like grape-seed proanthocyanidins, vitamins C and E, and CoQ10, along with the critical carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin—glow from within.* It’s citrusy and delicious and comes in single-dose packets that are easy to take to the gym or travel with.

  1. goop Beauty
    Morning Skin Superpowder
    goop, $60SHOP NOW



*These statements have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.