Sun 365 Self-Tanning Foam
5 fl. oz. for $16
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This self-tanner has a very sheer, liquid-to-foam formula that dries surprisingly fast. This not only makes it an option for any skin type when used on the face (yes, even if you're acne prone), but also means you won't be walking around naked for an hour so as to avoid getting self-tanner stains on clothes or sheets. Another bonus: Sun 365 Self-Tanning Foam is formulated to leave minimal to no telltale, "self-tanner smell".

This contains a blend of dihydroxyacetone (the sugar-based tanning ingredient) and erythrulose—the latter of which is a slower-acting tanning agent. You'll see this pairing in newer, more advanced self-tanners, as it results in a much more natural look (no orangey, streaky finish, even if you are fair skinned).

Last, Sun 365 Self-Tanning Foam is lightly tinted, which means you're able to see where you've applied the product (and the spots where you may have missed). It's a goof-proof way to get the sun-kissed glow of a day at the beach (but none of the skin-damaging UV exposure).

  • Fragrance and irritant-free.
  • Sheer, light foam dries quickly.
  • Contains the ingredient erythrulose, which aids in creating an even, natural-looking result.
  • Suitable for face and body.
  • None.

Quick-drying, tinted foam ensures a flawless application; Provides a natural-looking, streak-free tan in as little as one hour; Long-lasting, odor-free formula—no telltale self-tanner smell! Naturally tinted so you can see where you’ve applied it; Formulated for use on the face and body; Water-light formula is ideal for breakout-prone skin; The only way to get a long-lasting tan without damaging your skin from sunlight or tanning beds. 100% fragrance-free!


Water, Dihydroxyacetone (self-tanning agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Ethoxydiglycol (penetration enhancer), Caramel (natural coloring agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Erythrulose (self-tanning agent), Decyl Glucoside (gentle foaming agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide (stabilizers/pH adjusters), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

Strengths: All products are fragrance-free; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection; proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

Member Comments
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not sticky, mininal smell...im a fan!

Really impressed with this tan. Dried so quickly after application without the usual sticky feeling. No smell upon application or next three hours...couldnt believe it! Now four hours later there is a slight fakr tan smell but its the least smelly of any tan ive used. The colour is a very natural golden brown. Cant comment on the longevity yet but for price, application, feel and scent ive a feeling this will be a holy grail product for me and ive tried them all. No more paying $30 + for tan!!

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jodie e
The best!

This is hands down the best self tanner I have used. No smell, easy to use and the color is natural. I use a light weight moisturizer after I shower then apply the self tanner. No streaks and nice coverage. I use every 3-4 days to maintain the color I like. Going to try the self tanning concentrate next.

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Great product: even application, NO SMELL

I have used this foam for 2 weeks now, and love it because there is NO characteristic "tanner" smell. It tans gradually but noticeably; doesn't streak; goes on smoothly.

Reviewed by
Good result

Great packaging. Dries quickly and yes there is no initial smell but as it develops it does have the normal 'self-tanner' smell. No big deal to me, just part of self-tanning. I like the light airy foam that was dispensed but because of the light color of the foam, I couldn't tell where I was putting it. No big deal but a darker tint to the foam may be nice in order to know where you've put it already or where you may need to add. Great natural result and recommend! even for fair skin!

Reviewed by
Lana G.
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