The products included this roundup were submitted by readers with vitiligo in our annual Skin and Beauty Product Survey. To be a part of future surveys from Living Dappled, join our mailing list. This post contains affiliate links, which means Living Dappled may earn a commission on product link clicks.
You may have noticed an uptick in positive representations of vitiligo in advertising and social media lately. It’s something to celebrate, to be sure. However, our 2022 Skin and Beauty Product Survey showed that many of our readers choose to cover their vitiligo at least some of the time.
For those who choose to use a self-tanner or camouflage, navigating the many, many products out there can be daunting, to say the least. If you’re overwhelmed by options when shopping for a self-tanner or camouflage, consider this your shortcut to a short list of products tested and loved by the vitiligo community.
While even coverage and ease of application were key criteria among our readers’ trusted products, price factored in, too. As anyone who’s used tanner to cover widespread or universal vitiligo might tell you: the cost can add up quickly. Every product in this roundup is $30 or less, so they’re gentler on your budget – and a great low-investment way to try something new.
The following products are recommended by women with vitiligo through Living Dappled’s annual Beauty Survey, where 80+ women share their go-to products for everything from makeup to skincare.
St. Tropez Self-Tan Express Starter Kit | $20
The St. Tropez Self-Tan Express Starter Kit contains a travel-size bronzing mousse and an applicator mitt. The tinted tanning mousse and mitt offer an easy-to-apply streak-free glow. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“It is full coverage, dark enough to give me a confidence boost, doesn’t smell bad as it develops and it is pretty long lasting!” – Samantha
“Because it dries quickly, has a natural color and doesn’t come off too easily. I feel extra confident wearing this product and it’s my go-to – I buy it every time.” – Ferdinand
“Good coverage, dries quickly, smells nice.” – Kathy
“It’s easy to apply but I have trouble getting it in the spots where I need it. I often apply it twice to get a more even cover.” – Jan
L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion | $8
L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion provides an instant bronze glow with subtle shimmer. The lotion contains Vitamin E and AHAs to moisturize skin. Available in medium and deep tan shades. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“I usually use this product after spray tanning to give a more even look. It gives a great glow to the skin and dries quickly.” – April
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer | $9
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer gradually enhances and deepens your natural skin tone to provide the look of a tan without sun exposure. The scented lotion contains antioxidants and Vitamin E to boost moisturization. Here’s what one reader had to say about why she loves this product:
“It dries fairly quickly and looks natural.” – Tracy
Tanologist Face and Body Drops | $29
Tanologist Self-Tan Drops can be mixed with your favorite skin products for a customizable tan. More drops create a darker tan when mixed with your own lotion, makeup, or other preferred skincare product. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“I love these self tan drops. You have the flexibility of adding as much or little color as you would like to the lotion you already use. I get to use the lotion I love and receive the benefit of a self tanner. It never smells and looks very natural. I have tried many products and services to cover up my vitiligo and this is by far the best. Love this stuff!” – Laura
SOL by Jergens Deep Water Mousse | $14
Sol by Jergens Deep Water Mousse is formulated with coconut water for a sunless tan any time of year. Translucent, dye-free water dispenses as an airy foam that spreads smoothly for even application. Also available in a medium shade option. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“Super easy to use and cheap. It still makes my spots a different color than the rest of my skin but it does make them less obvious.” – Michaela
Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion | $10
Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Body Lotion contains key moisturizing ingredients sourced from natural seed oils. This self-tanning lotion leaves skin glowing and full of moisture. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“It’s easy to apply and not too expensive. It dries quickly and doesn’t transfer. I found the maintenance overhead too much but if I wanted a summer tan enough I’d use it again.” – Lindsay
Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid Spray | $26
Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid Spray gives you a tan that works on every skin tone. The provided mitt makes the application process easy and you can customize your tan darkness by applying more or less of the tanner. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“My go to!!! AMAZING! I have tried just about every self tanner out there and this one is absolutely my favorite! It blends my skin discoloration fabulously, is natural looking, long lasting, and fades gradually, not flaky.” – Brandi
Editor TIP: As an alternative, you can also use Vitiligo Vanquish by Fake Bake, a custom liquid camouflage created specifically to cover vitiligo, by purchasing the Vitiligo Vanquish Kit and the VV Mitt Kit Add-On that includes 1 application mitt and 1 spray top that attaches to the camouflage liquid to cover larger areas of skin.
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Erika Page is the Founder and Editor of Living Dappled. After getting vitiligo at the age of seven, she lost 100% of her pigment to the condition and today lives with universal vitiligo.