It seems with every passing minute (we’re exaggerating, but still!) a new self-tanning product presents itself in all its bronze-inducing glory. Sadly, quantity doesn’t always reflect quality, and we’ve been stuck with orange, streaky limbs at least a handful of times. Tested and true, new to the game and cult favourites, here are the best self tanners (we think) of all time.
Face oils are the skincare buzzword du jour, but we have a feeling St. Tropez’s newest tanning product for the face is going to have lasting power. Indulge in this citrusy-scented, super lightweight oil that provides a gorgeously tinted, streak-free colour that lasts up to five days. The formula also provides a generous hit of moisture without a lick of pore-blocking greasiness while it dries in seconds.
Love a bronze look but hate the extra step? Eliminate it! Simply mix three little drops of Clarins Radiance- Plus Golden Glow Booster right into your daily moisturizer and watch your skin develop a sun kissed glow in a few short days. For a deeper tone, mix in at night-time, too.
The brush tip applicator makes using this multi-purpose complexion enhancer a piece of cake. With the click of a button, product is evenly distributed through the brush’s bristles and easily blended into skin. Instantly, skin is primed, moisturized and toned, while with continued use, a hint of golden colour will illuminate the complexion.
These little wonder wipes do it all. Swiped across your face and neck, these vitamin D enriched clothes exfoliate, tighten pores, eliminate blackheads, and fade sunspots while leaving a natural, scent free glow.
Looking to get glowing now and still have a bronzy tint in ten days time? Treat skin to St. Tropez’s Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, which illuminates skin with a hint of golden shimmer and a hit of the perfect bronze tone instantly. After showering, the initial shimmer will wash off, but you’ll be left with a beautifully natural, healthy looking tan for over a week. Bonus: the formula feels like a dream when applying, and since its tinted, glides on and provides goof-proof coverage as you can see where the product is when swiping on skin.
Sometimes you need to get a tan in a hurry, and St. Tropez gets that. Their game-changing and award-winning Express Bronzing Mousse formula comes in a super-easy to use, ultra-blendable mousse formula that gives you a glow on the fly. The streak-free no-fuss tint dries in 60 seconds flat, while the smart-shade colour develops in one short hour, meaning you can rinse off after watching just one episode of Game of Thrones. If you have a bit of time to spare and crave a deeper colour, you can rinse off after 3 hours, when the maximum colour is developed.
Vita Liberata created their pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse, that yes, actually lasts 2-3 weeks; busy girls everywhere who still love to get glowing rejoiced and the formula was wait-listed during its debut. Still a great pick for a pre-holiday glow or any time you need an enduring tint, this ultra-long lasting formula eliminates the high-maintenance need to reapply a few times a week.
Can’t commit to that kind of colour permanency? Slick on Illume’s Eternal Nomad Sunlit Bronzing Lotion, which is pretty much just the opposite: a tinted, illuminating, creamy, dreamy lotion, the bronzer is washed away when you shower. Plus, its coconut mango scent smells like a vacation in a bottle with nary a whiff of that tell-tale tan-in-a-can smell.