When it comes to needing a fake tan, there are so many out there to chose from. Not all of us are lucky enough to jet off to sunnier shores this Summer, so its worth hunting out the best options for that radiant faux glow. But with today’s abundance of luxury creams, lotions, sprays, gels- how do we know which one to go for?
The answer is simple: it depends what you are looking for. If you are naturally pale, you may just want to add a soft golden glow to your face, in which tinted moisturizers can do that for you. For those with medium/dark skin tones, you may want to be a little more dramatic and go for an all-over dark tan, creating that ‘just stepped off the plane from the Caribbean’ look!
From the celebrity favorite St Tropez sprays, to the skin-loving Avene gels, we’ve rounded up our favorites. So say goodbye to browsing self-tanners with a look of confusion – we’ve done the research for you:
Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning GelBuy now with free delivery
A smooth gel which is glides on effortlessly, providing a subtle tan with one layer. Gives an ultra natural looking, streak-free tan within just a few hours of application. Unlike many self tan products, it leaves the skin incredibly smooth and with no lingering scent. For a deeper looking tan, apply a second layer straight after the first.
Kate Somerville Somerville360 Body Self Tanning TowelettesBuy now with free delivery
Perfect for the busy ladies out there, these self tanning wipes give a rich, glowing tan in a simple swipe! These Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes offer an incredible sun-kissed look after just one application. Quick and easy, these wipes prevent uneven tone or streaking, and dry within seconds without staining. Best of all, because this advanced formula works with your skin’s own proteins, it gradually darkens to an ultra-natural, complementary color every time, making these the perfect match.
St Tropez Self Tan Starter KitBuy now with free delivery
First time launching into false tanning? Chose a starter kit which gives you a broad range of the essential products. This St. Tropez set lets you create your ultimate tan with this Self Tan Classic Starter Kit. With all of the essentials you need for natural healthy looking skin, this collection of minis is perfect for first time tanners, or the ideal travel-size to maintain your glow wherever you are.
Contains the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, Tan Enhancing Body Polish, Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer and an applicator mitt.
Colorscience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Almost Clear - Matte TanBuy now with free delivery
Wantr to try a brush on tan in the form of a lightweight, sheer powder? This is where we recommend seeking out a tan colored matte powder, which can be brushed lightly over the face or on makeup for a subtle tint of color. This nearly invisible light weight mineral powder comes in an easy-to-use retractable brush. The convenient, brush-on applicator makes all-over application easy and quick. Sunforgettable is the first SPF 30, all-clear, mineral powder with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB and Infrared) sun protection, so opt for one a shade or two darker than your skin color that bronzed look.
St Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Lotion - Medium/DarkBuy now with free delivery
One of the best selling self tanners in the world (yes, really!) this gradual tanning lotion gives a natural, sun-kissed glow. This Medium/Dark body lotion is ultra-hydrating and gradually builds to create a classic, healthy looking tan to suit all skin tones. The best bits is that it has no ‘typical’ self tan smell, and instead features a new mood-boosting fragrance. Its streak-free and easy to apply, quick-drying and non-sticky.
Paula's Choice Self-Tanning FoamBuy now with free delivery
We’ve looked at lotions, wipes, powders… and now its onto foam! This long-lasting, self-tanning foam can help you achieve gorgeous, golden skin with its unique formula, which has the added bonus of being 100% fragrance free! The ultra-quick-drying foam is lightly tinted to ensure a flawless application, and in just a few hours, your skin will develop a natural-looking, streak-free tan that perfectly complements your skin tone. It is specially formulated to minimize or eliminate that telltale self-tanner odor.
First Aid Beauty Slow Glow Self Tanning MoisturiserBuy now with free delivery
This Slow Glow Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturizer is a face and body moisturizer which gradually provides a natural bronze color that builds slowly over 3-4 days of use. Formulated with sugars, DHA & Erythrulose, these tanning agents react with amino acids on the skin’s surface leading to the production of melanin, which are the chemicals that cause the appearance of a tan. Doubling as a rich moisturizer, it incorporates nourishing ingredients, including Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Mango Seed Butter and Aloe Vera to hydrate and condition skin.
Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Silky GelBuy now with free delivery
Avène’s ‘Moisturizing Self-Tanning Silky Gel’ allows you to achieve a radiant, natural-looking tan whilst caring for your skin at the same time. Enriched with the label’s signature Thermal Spring Water, this formula smooths and softens the skin while giving it a healthy, bronzed tone. It’s lightweight and gentle enough for sensitive skin. A firm favorite for those who want a built in moisturizer which is truly skin loving.
St. Tropez Express Bronzing MousseBuy now with free delivery
Ever tried a mousse before? This express bronzing mousse is designed to let you control your depth of tan with this advanced formula. Its rich formulation provides a natural, healthy looking tan that lasts for days. Apply to the skin, and wait just 1 hour before showering for a light sunkissed glow. Wait 2 hours for a medium golden tan, or leave on for up to 3 hours for a deeper, darker bronze, to suit your skin tone.
Jane Iredale Tantasia Self TannerBuy now with free delivery
Tantasia is a moisturizing, natural self-tanner for face and body. This lotion formula builds a gradual, natural looking tan within three days, for optimum control and customization. Tantasia has a fresh citrus fragrance and guarantees a streak free formula. It’s loved by many for its ability to last a lot longer than other tanning formulas, and can be used on both the face and body.
Its amazing how much healthier and happier you can look with a touch of tan, so make sure you’re armed with a self-tanner this Summer! And the best news is that there’s no damage to the skin involved whatsoever. All the more reason to indulge in your favorite bottle!