Our Best 5 Self Tanners

Feeling the burn is so not hot. This season, trade baking-it for faking-it and get on trend with summer’s selection of DIY tanning. Because smart girls fake it…

For starters, don’t let a getaway get in the way – cult tanning brand He-Shi’s latest offering – 3 Step Discovery Kit – contains all you need for the perfect tan, but in miniature. The 50ml Exfoliating Body Wash, Express Liquid Tan and Day to Day Gradual Tan are the perfect fix for dreaded day-one holiday skin, and won’t slow you down at departures. Luxuriate yourself with the strawberry-scented scrub and ensure a professional finish with your mitt-and-liquid combo. Your glow will last at least 5 days (or more if you use the gradual tan to extend), and if the miniature mitt doesn’t get you gasping then we don’t know what will.

Per-Fekt Body Perfection Gel Golden is a glowing re-invention of the original firming and toning gel, with a tanning twist. The ultra-hydrating Golden edition contains shea butter and ceramides to lock in moisture and reduce unslightly dry or rough skin, while sun-kissed pigments build a natural glow. Use alone or alongside your trusted tanner, as the clever gel-mousse formula can help reduce the appearance of self tanner streaks – so now there’s no excuse for patchwork pins!

The fake-bake gurus at St. Tropez are on to a real winner with Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, their newest faker to hit our shelves. A user-friendly pump mechanism delivers just the right amount of creamy mousse, which blends impeccably and dries instantly. The resulting hue is subtly sun-kissed, and can be built upon for a more intensely golden glow. P.s. – Be sure to apply using a tanning mitt, as this really does dry in seconds and dirty palms is so not the look you were going for.

Little White Lie Tanning Spray is a light, easy to apply alternative to summer’s more labour intensive creams. The pump action spray is less fearsome than an aerosol but doesn’t compromise on coverage, delivering a light, build-able tan. Containing richly moisturising Argan Oil, the spray maximises skin’s propensity to tan naturally, while depositing a light layer of pigment which develops over a couple hours into a gorgeous glow. This is multi-tasking we can get on-board with!

Sienna X Extremely Natural Self Tan is a break-through cream tanner that delivers all the colour payoff but with none of that tell-tale biscuit smell. Enjoy a serenely tropical experience with notes of coconut and pineapple while your golden hue and velvet-soft skin develops. The cream is gently pigmented for application precision and dries instantly, but continues to develop gradually over 8 hours. The anti-cellulite formula is an added bonus, helping tone and smooth your skin, getting you ready to bare your bod on the beach.

So now there really is no excuse for pasty pins. Go on – get your glow on!

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