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|1 Nov 2021|4 mins

6 Best Self Tanners That Are Impossible to Stuff Up

Remember the sticky, dark self tanning creams we slathered on as teens before a night out?

Thankfully, the self tanning category has come a long way since then — so far, that there’s now an array of shades, textures, finishes and application methods that make the entire process a seamless one. So say goodbye to streaks, stains and missed spots and try one of these impossibly easy products instead. 

Keep scrolling for our edit of foolproof tanning formulas below. 

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Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse Ultra Dark 

Disclaimer: this is a traditional tanning mousse with lots of depth, but we promise you the softy, fluffy mousse and obvious colour guide make application a breeze. It glides on easily and provides an instant tint, but gradually deepens over time. Be sure to exfoliate first, apply to clean, dry skin and then rinse after six hours for even, bronzed skin. 

@dindivictoria

Tanologist Face and Body Drops Medium 

If you prefer a foolproof formula you can dial up and down depending on the occasion, tanning drops are soon to be your holy grail. This pick from Tanologist is simple but works a treat — just add a few drops into your moisturiser (face and body) for a subtle, healthy glow. The best part is there’s no mess, no transfer, no streaks and no scent. A lazy beauty dream, if there ever was one. 

@samanthaalfred

Loving Tan Deluxe Gradual Tan Medium

Got dry skin and want to build up a natural but nourishing base of colour? This light lotion contains a small amount of DHA (the active found in tanning products) to give you a subtle glow, plus shea butter, acai extract and coffee bean to nourish and firm the skin. Use it a few nights in a row to build up your desired shade, and then every second night to maintain. 

@howhanseesit

Tanologist Self Tanning Water, Medium

Mist your way to a faux glow with this easy-peasy Self Tanning Water from Tanologist.  Super light and suitable for face and body, it’s an easy way to tan without congesting your pores. Just spritz away and give it a light blend with your favourite tanning mitt. 

@bambilegit

Endota Organics Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Instant Tanner

For shimmering, bronzed limbs in an instant, this buttery lotion from Endota Organics has a subtle wash-off tint that looks healthy (but not tacky). Because it’s packed with shea butter and cocoa seed butter it’s really nourishing, as well. Slather it on in place of a traditional tanner next time you’re in a rush.

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Salt by Hendrix Body Glow - Golden Hour

Holiday parties filling up your social calendar? This lightweight body oil comes with a light-catching bronze sheen to give you that ‘just got back from Ibiza’ glow. Massage it in and wait for it to absorb before you get dressed. 

Free delivery over $50 and free returns.

Emily Algar
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