With the warmer months fast approaching, and lockdowns hopefully set to lift before summer, we're getting ready to whip out the best fake tans and self tanners for 2021 and get that gorgeous golden glow. Whether you love a spray, lotion or mousse formula, this is our edit of the best self tanners so you can get bronzed in time for the warmer months.
Which is the best self tanner for me?
- Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops - Light
- Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan Foam
- Tan-Luxe Super Glow Body Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum
- Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan
- St. Tropez Self Tan Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse
- Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Moisture Miracle Lotion
- Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist
- Vita LiberataFabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion
- VICHY Ideal Soleil Self Tan Face and Body
- MineTan Violet Everyday Glow Gradual Tan Foam
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1.Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops - LightEasily incorporated into your existing skincare routine, these glow enhancing Self-Tanning Drops from Isle of Paradise are designed to be added to your favourite moisturiser to give you a natural and even looking tan. The more drops you add, the deeper the tan, offering you buildable and customisable colour. The drops are enriched with Coconut, Chia Seed and Avocado Oil that nourished and hydrates the skin to give it a healthy, smooth finish. 100% Vegan and Cruelty free!
2.Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tan FoamHaving recently won the award for "best new self tan", the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Tanning Foam has been breaking sales records with many claiming the tan to be their favourite one to date. A dream to apply, the tan melts into the skin within seconds to leave you with a golden glow that's touch-dry, meaning you can get dressed without worrying it will come off on clothes. Enriched with argan and coconut oils, which work to hydrate the skin and give it a glowy sheen-like effect, this is one of the most moisturising self tans we have ever tried. If you prefer the feeling of a tanning oil, you will love the brand's Liquid Gold Oil instead, which absorbs instantly so it doesn't leave any greasy residue behind.
3.Tan-Luxe Super Glow Body Hyaluronic Self-Tan SerumGet that authentic summer glow with the Super Glow Body Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum from Tan-Luxe. Intensely hydrating, the formula contains Hyaluronic Acid that carries up to 1000x its weight in water to deliver maximum moisture to the skin, smoothing it out and giving a luminous, golden glow. The Serum not only tans the skin, but uses Caffeine to firm it, leaving you looking toned and summer ready.
4.Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week TanVita Liberata's pHenomenal Tan has been hailed as a tanning miracle, thanks for its long-lasting properties that mean you don't need to top-up. For this reason, it's our favourite tan for a holiday when you want to go with a little golden glow without it fading or going patchy while you're there. As with all Vita Liberata products, it's a clean tan and is enriched with hydrating botanicals as opposed to chemical nasties, so is great for anyone with sensitive skin. For best results, apply over 3 nights to build up so it lasts for 2-3 weeks.
5.St. Tropez Self Tan Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing MousseExclusive to lookfantastic is the St. Tropez Whipped Marshmallow Bronzing Mousse, and yes it really does smell super sweet and gorgeous. As it's the same formula as the original St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, this needs to sit on the skin for between 4 and 8 hours before being washed off. Leaving the skin looking beautifully bronzed and glowing, this is perfect for anyone who hates the traditional smell of fake tan.
6.St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Moisture Miracle LotionProgressively build a flawless, streak-free tan with the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Moisture Miracle Lotion. This buildable tanning lotion envelopes the skin in a natural-looking golden hue, allowing you to work up to your preferred intensity.
7.Bondi Sands Self Tanning MistIf mousse and oil formulas are too heavy for your skin type, you will love the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Mist. Made especially for fairer skin, the lightweight spritz deposits a light golden glow onto the skin without ever looking orange or streaky. The nozzle has a 360 degree feature, which means you can spray the tan evenly so you get a flawless looking finish. Enriched with Vitamin E, it envelopes the skin in moisture for a really beautifully hydrated glow. The best part? It can be washed off after just one hour if you want a light, sun-kissed glow (for a deeper tan, leave on for about 4 hours). Have darker skin? Try the same formula in the deep shade for a gorgeous bronzed glow.
8.Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual LotionAchieve a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow with the Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion from Vita Liberata. Ideal for all skin tones, its lightweight formula acts as a daily body moisturiser, whilst delivering subtle colour that slowly intensifies without transferring onto clothing.
9.VICHY Ideal Soleil Self Tan Face and BodySuitable for sensitive skin, the VICHY Ideal Soleil Self Tan Face and Body is a kind to skin, moisturising formula that doesn't leave behind any sticky or greasy residue. The progressive tan builds up after application and is suitable for both the face and body to give you a 'just got off the plane' tan from head to toe. Infused with Vitamin E and VICHY Thermal Spring water, the tanning formula protects and hydrates the skin.
10.MineTan Violet Everyday Glow Gradual Tan FoamMineTan's Violet Everyday Glow Gradual Tan Foam is a gradual self-tan with a violet base for a warm, super-dark brown finish. Formulated with easily absorbed tanning actives and a mix of violet and dark brown bronzers, the tanning foam counteracts any yellow and orange undertones in your skin to deliver a rich, warm tan with a flawless, airbrushed finish. Developing over the coming days, the gradual tan can be used daily to intensify colour results while providing 24 hour hydration for a fresh and glowing tan. No orange tones or nasty fake tan smell.