Summer has finally arrived and if you’re looking to achieve a healthy faux glow but not sure which product to try, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been busy smothering myself in all sorts of weird and wonderful tans just to deliver you the best this season. Any of these 12 tanning products are a wise-buy when it comes to achieving an authentic glow, which won’t have you looking like a member of Willy Wonka’s workforce – I promise.

Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, This Works

This product can be used every day to build a gradual streak-free tan that will last all summer long. It’s super-easy to use, exfoliation not always necessary but advised, while skin tones are kept even, pores unclogged and limbs left shining and shimmering. It’s recommended by those with the fairest of skin tones for an even sun-drenched glow.


Dark Mousse, Skinny Tan

Currently sold out on their website it’s worth looking on Amazon to see if you can pick up a bottle. This is my new favourite, a complete quick and easy go-to. It’s perfect for those wanting instant results, you don’t have to wait to shower it off for the colour to look authentic. Even on the most fairest of skins, the ‘dark’ colour works well with just one application.


Body Mousse, Amanda Harrington

Amanda Harrington’s range of luxury tanning products are well worth a look if you can stretch to the price tag. This mousse is part of a 3-step process to achieve a natural bronzed glow. I love that the Amanda Harrington website devotes a page to help you identify the perfect tan colour to suit your skin, hair and eye colours.


The Body, Tan-Luxe

The Body’s illuminating self-tan serum drops are to be used within your existing skincare regime, so no extra applications are required. All you have to do is simply add the desired number of drops to your favourite moisturiser to achieve a beautifully natural glow. The formula includes caffeine-rich Cellutone Complex for added firmness too – bonus!


Gradual Self Tan, Sun

If you prefer to have a little more control over the colour, and would rather work your way up to a longer lasting tan, this lightweight cream is best used once a day for three days. It’s perfect for those starting out. It’s also a product that promises to hydrate and nourish your skin, so it’s not left feeling dry and cracked.


Total Glow Body Lotion, Elemis

The experts at Elemis have nailed the gradual tan with this body lotion. It smells great and provides patch and streak-free coverage for a totally authentic look. Derived from natural ingredients you can use it all summer long to subtly build an even, natural looking tan that nobody would guess was out of a bottle.



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Rapid Sunless Mousse, Norvell

Novell’s rapid mousse uses a formulation of violet and brown bronzers to neutralise those undesirable orange hues that are often left after a fake tanning sesh. It’s a mousse that aims to leave you with a deeper and darker tan quite quickly after use, with rinse-off advice depending on the colour you’re after. One hour for a light bronze, two hours for a medium bronze, and three hours for a darker colour. It’s a tan with longevity, lasting up to 5-7 days.



Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum, Fake Bake

This is my second favourite and most used tanning product. Fake Bake’s coconut serum provides instant faux glow coverage. It’s so easy to use, doesn’t leave your skin wet and sticky, and eventually wears off evenly without the need for any vigorous scrubbing. It’s a natural looking tan that you can snap up at a fairly decent price if you shop around. Fake Bake’s serum is great value for money as you’ll find a bottle lasts a while – a little goes a long way.


Gradual Tan Watermelon Lotion, St Tropez

I’m assuming every fan of the fake tan has used St Tropez at some point. I used to favour a St. Tropez spray tan at my local salon, and similar results can be easily achieved at home with their range of products. I’m not a fan of their in-shower tan (although I have a friend who swears by it), I much prefer their everyday moisturiser which glides on with ease. Available in a fresh watermelon scent, you’ll no longer need to smell like a digestive biscuit!


Beauty Blur Sunless Glow, Vita Liberata

If you’re after a tan with a gorgeous dewy glow, this is the product for you. Vita Liberata’s Beauty Blur provides a sun-drenched tint, while its light reflecting particles and moisture locking technology will leave skin looking beautifully tanned, radiant and conditioned. I also love that it’s a product free from parabens, harsh chemicals, fragrance, alcohol, animal derivatives, petrochemicals, sulphates and silicones.


Self Tanning Drops, Isle of Paradise

You can forget streaks, smells and orange tones with Isle of Paradise’s Self Tanning Drops. This is a clever water based product that uses a green base to create a natural golden glow. Simply mist the skin and blend with a tanning mitt, and et voila! You’re good to go. I love that this is a hugely popular and effective product with a really reasonable price tag. It’s worth a go!


Colour Shield, ALLEVEN London

If it’s good enough for Beyoncè, it’s good enough for us! ALLEVEN London’s Colour Shield is a super-fast drying, long-lasting body make-up that miraculously blurs imperfections and leaves a beautiful luminous finish that won’t dry out your skin. All you need to worry about is picking the right colour for you!



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Editor of My Baba and blogger. Currently on the IVF journey, documenting the process step-by step in addition to exploring how to prepare your body for pregnancy, what foods we should be eating, and any technique going that will lead to that positive pregnancy result!

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