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Which are the best tanning waters?

Which are the best tanning waters?
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Hydrated, smooth skin is the perfect base for fake tanning. In the past, fake tan formulas were heavy, rich and felt greasy on the skin but recently developments in formulas have created self tanners which hydrate and add a golden glow to your skin in one simple step.

From lightweight lotions to air-light foams, these new formulas now make it so easy to achieve the perfect faux-glow and of all the new tanning formulations we have seen pop up over the last couple of years, self tanning waters are our new favourite fake tan formulas.

What are tanning waters?

Transparent and lightweight, a tanning water is a clear spray which blends water, skin-loving vitamins and active tanning ingredients to hydrate, soften and tan your skin in one step. As they are so lightweight, tanning waters absorb so quickly into the skin and do not clog or your pores or feel heavy on the skin making them perfect for all skin types. They can also be used on face and body to achieve an all over even glow.

Once applied, the tanning waters develop over a couple of hours to leave your skin with a beautiful golden tint. As they are transparent, waters do not stain bedding or clothes making them the perfect tanning products to wear either overnight or throughout the day before a big event.

Which are the best tanning waters?

To help you find the perfect tanning water for you so you too can fall in love with this brand new tanning formula, we have curated an edit of the best tanning waters which promise an effortless tanning experience which leaves skin with a hydrated, healthy glow.

5 best tanning waters

  1. Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water
  2. TAN-LUXE The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water
  3. SKINNY TAN Coconut Water Tanning Mist
  4. Fake Bake Flawless Tanning Water and Mitt duo
  5. St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Gel

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water

Achieve a happy, hydrated glow with the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water. So lightweight on the skin and enriched with skin-loving ingredients including coconut, chia seed and avocado oils, the mist creates the most natural-looking tan with minimal effort. Simply spritz liberally over the skin and buff into the skin using a mitt and leave to develop.

Created in three colour-correcting shades, the IOP Self-Tanning Waters come in peach, for a light glow, green, for a golden glow which counteracts redness and violet which creates a gorgeous deep bronze.

TAN-LUXE The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water

With a light floral fragrance instead of a typical fake-tan scent, TAN-LUXE The Water is a treat to apply and looks so beautiful on your skin once developed. Infused with raspberry oil and aloe vera, the clear water creates a natural-looking tan and replenishes your skin's moisture levels for a super soft and hydrated glow. Without clogging pores or looking at all streaky, the water applies evenly and effortlessly leaving a beautiful bronze finish.

SKINNY TAN Coconut Water Tanning Mist

Create a natural-looking, golden glow with SKINNY TAN Coconut Water Tanning Mist, a medium self-tan that develops gradually to lend skin a radiant-looking finish.

Fake Bake Flawless Tanning Water and Mitt duo

Drench your skin in a wave of luxurious hydration while building a golden summer glow with the Fake Bake Flawless Tanning Water and Mitt duo. The clear, water-to-foam self-tan formula doesn’t have a guide colour so you don’t have to worry about tan marks on your sheets and clothes. Create a sun-kissed bronze hue with Passion Flower extract to help firm and nourish. The tanning water helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, for radiant, youthful-looking skin. With a fast-drying apply and go formula, the tanning water is perfect for creating a gorgeous summer colour, complete with a luxurious mitt.

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Gel

Hydrating and so easy to apply, the St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Gel has an innovative gel-to-water formula which melts into the skin, hydrates and develops into the most beautiful golden glow. With a tropical scent and an addition of Hyaluronic Acid to plump the skin, it is truly a treat to apply and leaves the skin with sunkissed tint without leaving the skin sticky or greasy with no need to rinse off.

Enjoy this? Try our best gradual tan or best fake tan for pale skin guides.

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