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Best Non-Comedogenic Self-Tanner For The Face (My Top Ones)

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When it comes to self-tanners, it’s important to buy trustworthy, high-quality products, especially when they’re for your face. Cheap, low-quality products which contain lots of unnatural chemicals can cause a lot of damage to your skin and be very irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin.

I, personally, was in this same position where I found it difficult to find a suitable self-tanner for my face as I have sensitive skin which always irritated by harsh ingredients. Before finding any products, which worked for me and I was prepared to use on a regular basis, I had to try lots of different ones, and it’s all about finding what works best for you and your skin.

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Non-comedogenic is a term used in the beauty industry to refer to products which contain ingredients that don’t clog your pores. Often, these products are oil-free and are very suitable for those with sensitive or oily skin as they eliminate the problems that they might face. Looking out for non-comedogenic products, including self-tanners, is a big game-changer for your skin.

I have linked two products below to get you started – one is my personal favourite and the other is heavily recommended by many people. If you’re interested in my top picks when it comes to non-comedogenic self-tanners for the face then keep on reading.

My favourite non-comedogenic self-tanners for the face

Jergens Natural Glow Oil-Free SPF 20 Face Moisturiser Self-Tanner

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Jergens Natural Glow Self Tanner Face Moisturizer, SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen, Medium to Deep Skin Tone, Sunless Tanning, Oil Free, Broad Spectrum Protection UVA and UVB, 2 oz (Packaging May Vary)
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Jergens Natural Glow Self Tanner Face Moisturizer, SPF 20 Facial Sunscreen, Medium to Deep Skin Tone, Sunless Tanning, Oil Free, Broad Spectrum Protection UVA and UVB, 2 oz (Packaging May Vary)
  • FLAWLESS SELF TANNER - Create a flawless tan for gradual, natural-looking color before, or after, the beach
  • PROTECTION FROM THE SUN - Our lightweight Natural Glow face moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated and includes broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection

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Firstly, one of the first things you’ll notice is the affordable price point of this product. Don’t be fooled – it works like a charm! One thing to know, however, is that the product is tested on animals and contains inorganic ingredients.

In terms of performance, this self-tanner has a natural, buildable colour which is easy to control depending on how often and how much of it you use. With a gradual self-tanner like this, application is practically foolproof. Even if you make a slight mistake on the first application, or leave a small area uncovered, the mistakes will be fixed and concealed by the additional layers you add next time.

Unlike many other self-tanners, this one doesn’t have that typical awful smell, which is probably due to the low concentration of pigment included (that’s what usually causes the smell). However, due to the low concentration of pigment, you won’t see dramatic results instantly, so you have to be patient. This product is a gradual tanner so you should allow some time for the colour to build after multiple applications.

As well as being an effective self-tanner, this product has effective moisturising qualities, even for dry skin, and contains SPF 20 for sun protection. It feels nice on the face, which is always a good thing.


  • Apply every day to build up a natural, even coverage and healthy glow
  • Use after washing your face and before using any additional SPF or makeup
  • Allow some time for the product to absorb into the skin before applying other products on top
  • The SPF included in this product is probably strong enough for the wintertime, as long as you apply it every day, but use an additional SPF with higher protection during the summer months.

Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Foam

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, Dark, 7.04 Fl Oz
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Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, Dark, 7.04 Fl Oz
  • Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam is a lightweight, tanner that’s simple to apply and gives a flawless finish, every time. Simply smooth on the weightless self tanning foam for an even, streak-free, bronzed tan.
  • Our unique, salon quality formula is enriched with aloe vera and coconut, for the ultimate natural, bronzed glow.

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In my opinion, this self-tanning foam is the best option for use on the face. As a matter of a fact, it is actually designed for use on the body, but there is no harm using it on the face, it’s actually the best one I’ve tried!

Self-tanning mousses are generally the best option, for both face and body, when it comes to self-tanning as they allow for the most control, precision, and smoothest finish. As long as you are careful and pay attention when applying this tanning foam, you will achieve a flawless colour in no time.

Bondi Sands self-tanners all have slightly green undertones, which makes the colour appear more natural and leaves no risk of an orange tan. If you want to avoid that horrible self-tanner smell, this product has you covered with a fresh coconut scent that smells like a holiday vacation on the beach.


  • Use a self-tanning mitt to apply this foam as it will allow for smoother and more controlled blending
  • Exfoliate and wash the face before applying this for the smoothest finish
  • Apply at the same time as self-tanning the rest of the body
  • The tan always fades fastest on the face and hands as they’re washed more regularly, so I use Collistar’s Magic Drops to top up my tan in those areas
  • Make sure to keep your face moisturised as this will make the tan last longer before fading

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Why do some self-tanners clog pores, while others don’t?

As mentioned earlier, non-comedogenic beauty products are those which don’t clog your pores. They contain ingredients that won’t settle into your pores – meaning they are often oil-free as this is known to clog pores. Sometimes, cheaper products will use cheaper ingredients, which may not be the best for your skin and can lead to clogged pores or breakouts. Some people are also more prone to having clogged pores or acne, so keep that in mind too.

Can cold water showers help me to close my pores?

Cold showers can, in fact, help to ‘close’ your pores! After you exfoliate and shave, your pores are more prone to being clogged and this can result in a less even tan. By taking a cold shower before you apply your self-tanner, you can actually prevent this from happening.

Do I need to buy another self-tanner just for my face?

The answer to this question depends a lot on the individual person, as well as the self-tanner they’re already using. Sometimes, products will mention that they can be used on the face, and other people might say that you can. If this is the case and you know that the ingredients are safe, you can always use your regular self-tanner rather than buying a separate one. You may find, however, that the self-tanner you normally use for your body is too harsh for your face, or that it simply doesn’t work. In this case, it’s worth investing in a separate one.

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Final thoughts

Non-comedogenic self-tanners are good for use on the face as they don’t clog the pores and the ingredients are good for the skin. Finding a self-tanner which works for you can be a challenge, as different things work best for different people, but now you are aware of some recommendations to get started with! Don’t be afraid to try out and experiment with new ones, either.

About Anastasija

Welcome to my website! I'm Anastasija, and as a redhead with a sensitivity to the sun, I embarked on a quest to find the perfect sunless tanner six years ago.

After extensive research and four years of personal experience, I'm here to share my wealth of tips and tricks for achieving a beautiful, sun-kissed glow.

Whether you're interested in self-tanners, spray tans, or safe sun exposure, this website covers it all.

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