Brands A - Z
Discover

The best self tanners for the face

The best self tanners for the face

When self-tanning, you need to make sure your face matches your body. We have selected our edit of the best self tanners for the face that will leave you looking like a bronzed goddess.

Which are the best self tanners for the face?

Although some self tanning formulas are made for both face and body, if it doens’t state face on the packaging, it shouldn’t be applied onto it.

The skin on your face is different to that on your body, and using the wrong formula can lead to breakouts and dehydration. Therefore we have selected 11 of our favourite self tanners for the face that will leave you gorgeous and glowing.

1. ESPA Gradual Tan Face Concentrate

Infused with natural essential oils like rose, sweet orange and neroli, the ESPA Gradual Tan Face Concentrate is perfect for those wishing to go golden without the use of harsh chemicals.

The formula can either be used on its own, or mixed with your favourite moisturiser to develop a healthy bronze glow customised to your natural skin tone.

2. Manuka Doctor Apibronze Facial Bronzing Gel

Manuka Doctor’s Apibronze Facial Bronzing Gel has been developed to deliver a natural golden glow suitable for all skin types.

Formulated with manuka honey and Purified Bee Venom, the gel melts into the skin to leave a natural tan behind, all while ensuring the skin stays hydrated and plumped-up.

*no bees are harmed during the making of any Manuka Doctor skincare products.

3. UTAN & Tone Nourishing Night Creme

Want to tan as you sleep? Then you will love UTAN & Tone’s Nourishing Night Creme. It contains a cocktail of vitamins to support skin repair as you sleep, alongside an organic tanner to give a golden glow overnight.

You can use it on consecutive nights to build up to your desired colour and shade, while the cream will replace your normal night cream to ensure your skin stays heathy, hydrated and plumped-up.

4. Skinny Tan Face Coconut Water Tanning Mist

If you are a spritz-and-go kind of girl, you will love Skinny Tan’s Coconut Water Tanning Mist.

Suitable for both face and body, the lightweight mist contains a naturally-derived tanning agent and nourishing oils to hydrate the skin. It has no visible guide colour, so we would recommend spritzing and then patting into the face to make sure it is evenly applied.

5. Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk for Face

Perfect if you have combination or blemish-prone skin, the Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk for Face is both oil-free and non-comedogenic.

It contains nourishing aloe vera, cocoa butter and Vitamin E to moisturise the skin without blocking pores, all while building up an even and customisable golden glow.

6. ELEMIS Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser

If you don’t like the feel of a traditional tanning agent, you will love ELEMIS’s Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser.

Packed with antioxidant-rich green tea, which helps to hydrate and shield against environmental aggressors, the lightweight cream melts into the skin to build up a gradual golden glow.

7. James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm

Anyone with severely dry skin take note: this is the best self tanner for you. The James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm is made with 100% organic coconut oil to deeply moisturise and hydrate.

Made with the brand’s unique and innovative “Tantone” technology, the balm creates a tan customised to your natural skin tone for flawless results.

8. By Terry Tea to Tan Face and Body Bronzer

The By Terry Tea to Tan Face and Body Bronzer is a spritzer that helps to build a natural and customised golden glow.

Made from a unique “100% water” formulation, which helps to hydrate and moisturise the skin, it also provides a smudge-proof and transfer-free tan without any of the traditional chemicals involved.

9. OSKIA Tan Drops

OSKIA’s Adaptive Tan Drops are made from a 100% natural formulation. Featuring the brand’s own unique (and natural) encapsulated DHA, the drops also contain natural melanin boosters to increase your skin’s chance of tanning naturally.

They have been designed to be added to any moisturiser or serum of your choice, and let you wake up with a truly beautiful and lightweight golden glow. They are without a doubt, one of our favourite self tanners for the face.

10. St. Tropez Express Sheet Mask

If you’re in a little rush and need a tan quickly and evenly, you will love the St. Tropez Express Sheet Mask.

Fortified with hyaluronic acid to hydrate, the tanning mask reveals a light golden glow once removed, alongside a dewy and plumped-up complexion.

11. He-Shi Face and Body Tanning Gel

The He-Shi Face and Body Tanning Gel is ideal for those with dehydrated or dry skin as it’s a super hydrating formula to repair and protect.

Boasting a golden glow for up to 10 days, the formula glides onto the skin, and is easily absorbed. You can also reapply until you achieve your desired colour.



Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!