Yes, you probably guessed it: we’re talking about fake tans, one of the most polarising beauty products. You either love it or hate it, but if you’re the latter, we think you might change your opinion by the end of this read!
With so many choices out there, it might be overwhelming sometimes to find the one that works for you. And let’s be honest, nobody wants either an orangey finish or to smell like you haven’t showered in days… So, we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best products and tools that will leave your skin glowing as though you’ve just jumped off a plane from the Caribbean.
Just like when applying make-up, you need to prep your skin before using a self-tanner for the best results. These are our suggestions for the smoothest tanner application ever:
While in the shower, exfoliate the parts of your body where you’ll apply the self-tanner (though, ideally, exfoliate your whole body!). Use Coco & Eve Bali Buffing Sugar, a triple-exfoliating buffing sugar scrub that boosts circulation, for a non-streak glow as it instantly smooths and renews dull-looking skin.
This exfoliating glove is designed specifically for dry and sensitive skin, working to promote skin health over time.
Handmade from silk, My Glow 2 features a unique weave that effortlessly sweeps away dead skin and impurities by profoundly exfoliating the body. Using the glove prevents ingrown hairs, improves skin texture, fights against body breakouts, and eliminates toxins in the skin, leaving your skin ready for the next step on your self-tanning journey!
One of the most important things to consider when applying a self-tanner is to choose a good mitt that will do the job. The St Tropez is the ultimate smooth tanning essential for your best glow ever. St Tropez means flawless, streak-free tanned skin every time without leaving weird stains all over your hands. This mitt evenly distributes and blends any product all over the body, ensuring a perfect finish.
This is your call to action if you are looking for the most straightforward no-fuss tan product. This sleep mask is a non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested, deeply nourishing, and richly moisturising cream that can be easily applied before you sleep as a body night cream. Wake up to hydrated, glowing skin with this colourless formula, which is fragrance-free and gentle enough for sensitive skin.
This product is a no-brainer if you’re looking for a gradual sun-kissed glow formulated for daily use. Think of when you apply your body moisturiser and make the swap to this Tan-Luxe goodie.
The Super Glow offers multi-level, instant, and lasting hydration, leaving your skin looking and feeling firmer, refreshed, and visibly more radiant. The gradual self-tan serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid to reach those hydration levels across multiple layers of the skin.
Eco Tan is one of the first organic tanning brands to be certified by the organic food chain, using certified natural and organic ingredients including cacao, herbs, flower extract, fruit extract, and chamomile.
The Eco Tan Face Tan Water is a gradual liquid self-tanning product specifically created for the face and body. It builds a beautiful glow, creates a youthful radiance, and even reduces the need to wear foundation daily.
This is one of Mecca’s self-tanning best-sellers for a reason! With thousands of rave reviews, these handy self-tanning drops are a dream for that lazy girl looking to amp her bronzed skin without breaking a sweat. Add a couple of drops into your regular moisturiser for a radiant tan – you decide which tropical destination you aim for. Ideal for sensitive skin, these drops have hypoallergenic ingredients and actives at the perfect pH level for every skin type.
It doesn’t smell like a fake tan! Think more of a day spa experience thanks to our unique natural essential oil blend of lemon myrtle, orange blossom and mandarin.
This all-natural organic moisturiser is the self-tanner designed for optimal everyday use. Containing a beautiful concoction of super-nourishing and hydrating agents, it replenishes the skin while leaving behind a naturally even tan.
After you’ve achieved dreamy, bronzed results with your selected self-tanner product, it’s time to maintain that glow for as long as possible. This is when your aftercare routine becomes more important than ever, so here’s our recommendation for a long-lasting glow: Enbacci Complete Body Firming Lotion.
This luxe body moisturiser is your go-to for extending the lifespan of fake tan. Combining revolutionary ingredients (Saponaria Pumila Plant Stem Cells) with naturally derived ingredients, this bad boy helps energise dermal skin cell activity while improving moisture retention. A lightweight, non-greasy, and vegan-friendly formula, this lotion is ideal for all skin types.
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