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The 10 Best Gradual Tans

The 10 Best Gradual Tans

Gradual tans are a beauty essential for us. Easy to apply, they are the fool-proof way to get a little bit of a Summer glow. There is a gradual tan to work for everyone and they are our favourite method for achieving a fuss-free, natural colour. If you’re looking to find your perfect fit, these are 10 of the best gradual tans around.

  1. The Classic - Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion
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    The Classic - Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

    Vita Liberata are one of the top tanning brands for good reason. They always give gorgeous results for an even, smooth tan.

    With Aloe and Shea, this gradual tan is perfect for using every day to both hydrate the skin and building a subtle colour.

    It also uses Vita Liberata’s trademark Odour Remove technology to get rid of that fake tan smell, so you can pretend it is all natural!

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  2. The Speedy Choice - St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion
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    The Speedy Choice - St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion

    We love that St. Tropez have come up with a gradual tan for those of us without the time for extra steps in our beauty regime.

    It takes just 3 minutes for a soft glow to develop so it is easy to make into part of your daily routine. Just apply in the shower with the water off, in circular motions all over the body, before rinsing is off with water.

    This is the speediest, most mess-free way to tan!

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  3. The Highstreet Favourite - L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan
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    The Highstreet Favourite - L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan

    If you’re looking for a high quality, affordable gradual tan, this is the one to choose.

    With a combination of Soft-Tan, L’Oréal’s tanning ingredient, and gorgeously scented moisturisers to nourish the skin, the Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan gives a beautifully subtle colour that will build as you use it.

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  4. The Sensitive One - First Aid Beauty Slow Glow Self Tanning Moisturiser
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    The Sensitive One - First Aid Beauty Slow Glow Self Tanning Moisturiser

    We love First Aid Beauty for products that work, even on sensitive skin.

    Their Slow Glow gradual tan is packed with skin loving ingredients like Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, so it keeps skin in tip top condition at the same time as adding a touch of colour.

    Just smooth this lightweight, silky cream all over the skin and let it absorb before getting dressed and heading out. It will give your skin a gorgeous radiance boost.

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  5. The Spa Experience - Decléor Aroma Confort Gradual Glow Body Milk
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    The Spa Experience - Decléor Aroma Confort Gradual Glow Body Milk

    We always adore the soothing floral fragrances of Decléor products and this gradual tan is no exception.

    Combining Tahitian Vanilla, Magnolia and Narcissus, this smells incredible. With a melting texture, this body milk is a relaxing and soothing way to boost your glow whilst nourishing the skin.

    Massage gently into the skin each day for a little bit of the Spa experience at home.

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  6. The Foolproof Formula - St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Lotion
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    The Foolproof Formula - St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Lotion

    If you tend to miss patches and struggle to get an even coverage when you apply gradual tanners, then this is the one you need to try.

    The formula is lightly tinted, so it not only gives you an instant bronze glow, but it helps you see exactly where you have applied it.

    With St Tropez’s signature fragrance and a fast drying formula, this is ideal for slathering on before you head out the door.

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  7. The Lighter Option - Fake Bake Fair Gradual Self Tan Lotion
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    The Lighter Option - Fake Bake Fair Gradual Self Tan Lotion

    If you are fair skinned and tend to find most gradual tans still a little too intense, then Fake Bake have you covered.

    Specially formulated for lighter skin tones, it gives a really natural finish and can build to a deeper tan if you want.

    For best results, we like to buff this on with a tanning mitt for a smooth, even finish.

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  8. The Natural Choice - Natio Sun-Kissed Glow Gradual Tan
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    The Natural Choice - Natio Sun-Kissed Glow Gradual Tan

    Using gorgeous natural ingredients, Natio are a great option for any natural skincare fanatics.

    This Gradual Tan is ideal for everyday use, giving a light, golden tan and designed to be used just like an everyday moisturiser. Just make sure to wash your hands after applying!

    You will love the scent too, thanks to the extracts of Cinnamon and Australian Tangerine.

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  9. The Luxury Experience - Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturising Emulsion
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    The Luxury Experience - Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturising Emulsion

    It isn’t for nothing that Shiseido are the number 1 beauty brand in Asia. Their products are effective, luxurious and contain the latest ingredients and technology for incredible results.

    This silky body lotion helps to refine the texture of your skin, leaving it smooth, hydrated and sun-kissed.

    For an extra boost, this helps skin fight against environmental factors like pollution thanks to the use of Thiotaurine, so your skin can keep looking at its best.

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  10. The Summer Skirt Saviour - this works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan
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    The Summer Skirt Saviour - this works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan

    We know that for most of us, the body part we most want to have bronzed and beautiful is our legs. We can wear those Summer skirts and dresses with a little touch of extra confidence when our legs are smooth and lightly tanned.

    This gradual tan from This Works is specially designed to boost moisture and add a touch of colour for smooth, perfect limbs.

    With a silky serum texture, this makes your legs feel beautifully revitalised as you tan.

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To get the best results, don’t forget to follow all of our tanning tips; even gradual tans work better with great preparation!

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Laura

Laura

Make Up Specialist

Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid