Get Your Summer Glow On With Our Top Tanning Picks

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Are you someone that struggles to catch those rays in the UK’s notoriously unreliable weather, or maybe you want to achieve the most radiant glow possible to finish off your summer look? Either way, choosing your tan can be a minefield, especially when having to pay careful thought about the colour, the application, the scent, plus whether you want instant or developing (the list goes on). Luckily, we’re here to give you a rundown of tanning lotions, foams, mists and more, so you can make the most informed decision for your summer go-to – just in time for the season ahead.

We’re kicking off the list with the brand-new Browned off Tan Foam and Facial Tanning Spritz duo by Watermans. The tanning foam works to hydrate and nourish your skin, ensuring a streak-free, long-lasting tan that leaves you looking radiant. What’s more, this product even contains vitamin E for reduced UV damage. The other half of the duo, the Facial Tan Spritz comes with an easy spray pump and added aloe vera for an even application. As an added bonus, both products come with that classic coconut scent – holiday vibes all round!

Want a fresh summer scent, three product variations depending on your preference and no transfer? If these sound like a winner to you, let us introduce you to the Sienna X Clear Self Tan Water Mousse Range that comes in Gradual, Self-Tan and Ultra-Dark. This flawless glow in a bottle is suitable for your face and body, with added hyaluronic acid and aloe vera for the ultimate hydration. We can’t wait to try this one!

Be a little extra this summer and introduce some shimmer into your life. Go-to tanning brand, St. Moriz has just launched their Professional Insta-Grad Shimmer Tan that’ll enhance your tan with an added shimmer highlight. Don’t fret, hero products Vitamin E and aloe vera are another added extra to this already desirable product, which are set to leave your skin super soft! The brand has also partnered with Marie Curie with 50p from each purchase of the product from Superdrug, being donated to the charity – so you can look good whilst doing good.

Get that summer glow that’s perfect for all skin tones with Crazy Angel‘s personalised tanning range. Each product contains added skincare benefits, arriving in a choice of light, medium and dark tones so you can curate a look suitable to you! Want a fuss-free tanning routine? The Tanning Drops are perfect to pair with your favourite moisturiser or serum, with added vitamin C, E and hyaluronic acid, to make for a quick and easy application. The Self-Tan Lotion features caffeine to help firm and tone your complexion, plus lots of hydrating ingredients. Finally, completing the trio, the Self-Tan Mousse aims to leave you with a flawless, radiant finish. Options for everyone!  

If tanning your face is something you can’t go without, but you don’t want to end up with an orange tash (if you know you know), then the Perfect Face Ultimate Gradual Tan by Amanda Harrington might be the product to solve all your problems. This vegan formula works to gradually build a sun-kissed complexion, with improved levels of DHA and a new tan extender that will provide a significantly longer tan – so no need for the constant top-ups. The product also contains ingredients to protect the skin against atmospheric and domestic pollution. What’s not to love?

An absolute classic with an amazing apricot scent – the Gradual Tanning Moisturiser by Garnier is an OG summer must-have! The vegan formula is intensely moisturising so you don’t have to worry about that flaky skin that can come with fake tanning. With additions of apricot oil (the scent of this product is also definitely worth a mention) your body will remain supple all day, all the whilst developing a natural, sun-kissed glow.

If you are on the hunt for a long-lasting tan, the Vita Liberata Untinted Heavenly Tanning Elixir will give you a natural tan that lasts over 10 days, thanks to its vegan formula and organic ingredients that lock in moisture. The delicious cocoa scent will fill your senses for a minimum of 8 hours while your tan develops, as you’re left with beautifully bronzed skin.

A crystal clear, odourless product that delivers deep hydration? Sign us up. The Tan-Luxe UK The Water: Hydrating Self-Tan Water is infused with a blend of vitamins B, C and E with raspberry oil and aloe vera. This unique recipe is set to keep your pores unclogged (the answer to all of our wishes) whilst delivering a natural, streak-free tan. Also promoted as a transfer-free formula, dispensed with a fine mist for minimal mess, there’s really nothing not to love!

Introducing the perfect bundle for everyone’s summer tanning routine – the Bondi Sands Ultimate Pure Bundle. Available in light/medium or dark, the set includes a foaming water, gradual tanning lotion, a tanning sleep mask, a tanning face mist, tanning drops and an application mitt (what more could you possibly need?). Each product is made with hyaluronic acid for hydration, vitamin C for radiance and vitamin E for repair. Oh, and did we mention that the colourless, fragrance-free formulas are suitable for sensitive skin!

Finally, a product that everyone needs in their tanning routine is the Dry Mist Finishing Spray by Skinny Tan. This final step in the routine will set your tan and remove any unwanted stickiness, perfect for applying before bed or setting your tan on a hot day when you don’t have time to wash it off. Ever been told you smell like biscuits after tanning? This product’s coconut scent will mask any smell of tan so you’ll be good to go!

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