Self Tanners: Splurge or Steal?

If, like me, lying in the sun leaves you sore and pink, not golden and glowing, you may be a fan of the fake tan. What with summer coming early this year – it’s already time to get those legs out and for those of us who need a little help with our tans, stocking up on St. Tropez can get a bit pricey. Therefore I have also found some cheaper alternatives.



MOUSSE:  Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse; £21

This mousse is pure white on application, super-light and fast drying. It gives a subtle and gradual tan which can be built up. Rub it in instantly and thoroughlyand wash hands after application. It is also very moisturising. Available from

MOUSSE:  Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzing Mousse; £8.16

This mousse offers fantastic instant colour at fantastic value! This self-tanner is excellent quality and although it doesn’t last as long as Clarins’ (it is a wash-off), it too offers a flawless glow. It is easy to apply as you can see the colour straight-away. Available from Boots.

LOTION:  Makebelieve Self Tan Lotion With Instant Bronzer; £30.64

This tanning lotion allows you to see instant results and provides a flawless look every time due to the Erthrulose which prevents streaking. This tan contains rainforest oils, leaving your legs thoroughly moisturized as well as beautifully brown. However, this tan is pricey at £30/200ml so save this one for the special occasions. Available from

GEL:  L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Tinted and Shimmering Gel; £13.47

This tan is both instant and flawless. Its dark colour allows you to see where it has been applied and its slow drying formula allows you to ensure an even coverage all over. The shimmer in the formula leaves your skin not only glowing, but sparkling too. Available from Boots.

SPRAY:  St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Spray; £20.43

This spray tan is excellent for achieving a subtle glow, to warm up that winter skin. Apply daily to build up your tan until you’ve reached your desired shade. Perfect for a natural looking tan – just make sure you use your hands or a mitt to ensure it’s all rubbed in evenly! Available from

SPRAY:  Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Body Mist; £11.22

This spray leaves you with a natural looking subtle glow that can be added to daily until you reach your desired colour. The nozzle is designed to be multi-angle, making tanning easier and more efficient. This spray dries instantly and there is no need to rub it in. Worth every penny. Available from

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