I have professed my love of faux tans since I started this blog 9 years ago, and boy have self tanning products come a long way since then.

I was that girl in high school who looked like an oompa loompa, but hey, it was better than being pale AF in my mind at the time. Yikes.

That has changed with taste and with the evolution of some amazing products.

NKD SKN recently sent over some tanning products for me to try, and now that I have used each of them for over a month, I can confidently say that they are all incredible for achieving a natural looking glow. If you’re wondering why NKD SKN sounds familiar, they are owned by Vita Liberata, one of the most popular self tanning companies in the world.

Let’s chat about the NKD SKN Gradual Tan Lotion first. I did not think I was going to like this product because 1. it’s gradual, and I like to go from 0 to DARK fast, and 2. I have never really been a fan of tanning lotions as they tend to be greasy. I’m always wanting to go, go, go, whether it’s to bed after applying self tanner or to put on comfy clothes.

However…this lotion is a beast of its own. It has never been so easy for me to apply a self tanner before. I use their mitt, and it literally takes me 3 minutes to apply from head to toe. And I can put my clothes on after only a couple of minutes. There is also no smell whatsoever. The best part? The tan is incredible, even the first time. I mean it.

The lotion works to develop natural-looking color over 4-8 hours, and can be used daily for deeper color.