We’ve all been there haven’t we?
You excitedly apply the tanning foam to your body, energised by the promise of a caramel tan. This little bottle has the power to transform you into a long and lithe limbed beauty (because somehow the self tan will stretch your limbs out to Bambi- like proportions). You go to bed, dreaming of the new and improved you.
Then, you wake up.
And see this:
Anyone who has ever self tanned knows the horror of turning bright orange. That’s why I’ve decided to put together a list of the best tanners out there that are guaranteed to work and not leave you as orange as a pumpkin. All of the tanners mentioned are easy to apply and fade away rather than comes off in patches (never a good look!). I’ve listed each tanner in order of darkness, starting with very light all the way to very dark. If you scroll to the end there are some face tan recommendations too.
For reference I have light olive skin that tans golden naturally. I prefer self tanners with an olive undertone.
If you want a subtle tan. Try the Eco Tan Cacao Mousse in Dark. Even though it’s marketed as dark, it gives a very natural tan, more of a glow than anything else. The colour guide is very faint so it is sort of tricky to apply but I’ve used this twice and so far the results have been flawless. Use one layer for a very light tan; two or more for a darker (but not very dark) look. This is also free from nasty ingredients and safe for pregnant women too. If you are very pale or new to self tanning I would highly recommend starting out with this tanner as it’s foolproof.
Odour: Non existent. This is one of the few tanners that doesn’t have that horrid fake tan scent.
If you are after a golden tan. Try the Bali Body Tanning Mousse*. It gives more of a golden shade that isn’t too light or too dark. I use this when I need a bit of colour to my body. It has a light colour guide so you can see where you’re applying it too and produces an nice, even coverage. I find it applies easily lasts a decent amount of time on the skin before fading.
Odour: Not too bad. It does have a slight scent but not as obvious as others.
If you are after a foolproof tan. Try the St Tropez Bronzing Mousse in Classic. This gives a great natural looking tan for all skin types, even the fairer ones. St Tropez are known for their foolproof self tanning mousse and I’ve used this range for years. It has a colour guide to show exactly where you’ve applied it and delivers an even tan each time. If you want something between a very light, natural tan and a darker one, the St Tropez mousse is a good one to use.
Odour: Hardly any odour at all.
If you want an ultra dark olive tan. Try Le Tan Uber Dark Ash Base Tanning Foam. This is specifically designed for lighter skin tones and has an ash base for a natural looking tan. It develops into a cool dark brown tan so there is no chance of turning orange with this one! The dark colour guide helps you to see exactly where you’ve applied it and it develops in about 3 hours, however it will continue to develop 4-6 hours after you’ve washed it off. I use this tan if I am going out at night as it is noticeably darker, but in a totally natural way if that makes sense!
Odour: Fairly strong. I normally go to sleep with this on and wash it off in the morning.
For the face. I reviewed some face tan waters here so I won’t go into too much detail. Currently I alternate between the Eco Tan Face Tan Water and the Bali Body Face Tan Water*. The Eco Tan version tans very light and natural and I usually build it up to about 3 layers during the week. The Bali Body version is darker and if I apply it a few times it gets quite dark. I usually use the Bali Body one when I am applying a darker tanning mousse and the Eco Tan one when I am tanned lightly (it goes really well when paired with the Eco Tan Cacao Tanning Mousse!).
What are some of your most used self tanning products?
*Products were kindly gifted for consideration, however this does not impact on my review or thoughts and all opinions remain 100% my own.