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Which are the best tanning waters?

Which are the best tanning waters?
Jess Maisey
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Last Updated: 26/04/24


Dial up your summer glow with a hydrating self-tan water! Heavy, rich and greasy formulas are a thing of the past now that innovative self-tanners give a burst of hydration and add a golden glow to your skin in one simple application. Discover your new fake-tan favourite, including the limited-edition Tan-Luxe x Paris Hilton The Future Airbrush 360 Self-Tan Mist... 

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 
  1. Tan-Luxe x Paris Hilton The Future Airbrush 360 Self-Tan Mist 
  1. SKINNY TAN Coconut Water Tanning Mist 
  1. Fake Bake Flawless Tanning Water and Mitt duo 
  1. 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 x Paris Hilton The Future Airbrush 360 Self-Tan Mist 

Achieve the look of a professional spray tan with The Future Collection by Tan-Luxe, in partnership with the iconic Paris Hilton! Expertly formulated with Triple-Tan+ Technology, hydra-boost and peptide complexes to support natural collagen production, this lightweight tanning water creates a streak-free finish that lasts a minimum of 10 days. Infused with skin-loving vitamin C and E, the glow-boosting formula helps to improve firmness and vibrancy, the glow-giving formula is scented with the latest Pink Sands fragrance, packed with notes of cassis, violet and white leather.


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 sun-kissed tint without leaving the skin sticky or greasy with no need to rinse off. 


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Jess Maisey
Writer and expert
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Ever since I discovered makeup and tutorials from a young age, I have been completely in love! Makeup, for me, is more than just a look - it’s a feeling. I am obsessed with the process of applying my makeup, bringing a look together and feeling a whole new level of confidence. My makeup routines and looks have been on a transformative journey over the years but now my most favourite go-to look is glowy, natural and sun-kissed. The Iconic London Radiance Booster is the ultimate game-changer and a makeup must-have!