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Best fake tanning products for a natural sun-kissed glow

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Spring is alive and finally we can prepare to welcome some warmer weather!

Getting your legs out for the first time can be daunting. After months hidden away under tights and jeans, our luscious pins have turned into milk bottles.

Luckily for you, we've run down the best of the best fake tanners and bronzers out there to help you achieve the most enviable sunkissed glow from day one of your summer wardrobe. 

Instant Glow by Tropic, £28.00

Type: Serum

Aimed at perfecting your legs after being hidden away all winter, this handy lotion is jam packed full of vitamins and natural oils. However, the tan can be used all over for instantly bronzed, sun-kissed skin.

Pros

Instant

Washes off hands easily so not dodgy finger tans

Cons

Washes off – not good for rain-prone summer barbeques

Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines, £19.50

Type: Cream


Keeping in line with the rest of the Hoola range, Zero Tanlines promises streak-free coverage. With the signature Hoola scent, you’ll smell as good as you look.

Pros

Non-sticky, making it easy to smooth onto your skin for a seamlessly buildable tan.

Cons

Like many, this self-tanning lotion only comes in one shade, so might won't be ideal for every skin-tone. 

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan, £7.99

Type: Mousse

Developed in Ireland, this is the perfect tan for pale skin. In a mousse formula, even coverage is easy to achieve, and the brand also stock a range of before and aftercare products to help your tan stay put.

Pros

Easy application.

Cheaper than many competitors.

Cons

Despite reccomended timings, judging when to wash off can be quite tricky.

Can easily become blotchy if applied wrong.

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, £14.99

Type: Mousse

Currently the ‘it girl’ of drug store fake tans, Bondi Sands promises to give you the sun kissed glows of your favourite Instagram travel accounts.

Pros

The ability to white lie when people ask you why you’re so tanned: “Oh you know, just been to Bondi…”

Streak free.

Cons

A bit too orange for paler skintones.

The classic biscuit smell.

Mine Tan Range, £16.95

Type: Mousse

For those of you who love to geek out over colour theory when it comes to beauty, Mine Tan is the one for you. The different shades cater to different base tones, with green, violet, caramel and ash undertones – perfect for those you wanting to avoid people clocking that your tan isn’t authentic.

Pros

Shade availability is near perfect.

Unscented. 

Fades gradually with no risk of blotchiness.

Cons

Not stocked by the giant drug stores.

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