The best cruelty-free and vegan fake tans to give you that summer glow

All year long, baby.

A picture five of the vegan/cruelty free fake-tan.

by Georgia Aspinall and Jade Moscrop |

Regardless of the time of year, some people take the bronzed life super seriously. You'll never see them without an all-over glow and they dedicate a lot of time to getting the perfect tan, making us pale folk as envious as can be.

If you aim to be a bronzed goddess too, you'll know by now that sunbeds aren't an option (because you should love your skin and not blast it with UV rays more powerful than the midday sun), so what do you do? You reach for the fake tan, obvs.

BUT, while we want to look our best, we’re also keen to give our beauty regime an ethical makeover, so we've devised a list of the best cruelty-free and vegan fake tans to keep you feeling sun-kissed all year round.

Are fake tans vegan?

As much as we'd LOVE for all fake tans to be cruelty-free and vegan, the sad fact of the matter is that many are still tested on animals. Just not OK. However, there are plenty of amazing self-tanners from small and big-name brands that are cruelty-free and more that are following suit, reaching for the vegan crown.

It's also worth keeping in mind that cruelty-free doesn't mean a product is vegan - just because it's not tested on animals, doesn't mean it doesn't contain animal-derived products. So if you're looking for a combo of both make sure to check your favourite product's label, or pick one of our vegan and cruelty-free fake tan favourites from the list.

The best cruelty free fake tans to buy in the UK

Had a fake tan disaster? We've got the lowdown on how to sort it.

First off, exfoliate. One of the easiest ways to remove your fake tan is to use an exfoliator or some exfoliating gloves to buff away that product build-up.

Make sure to take a shower or steamy bath before you exfoliate, this opens up your pores and softens skin, making it easier to scrub away that tan.

Lemon juice mixed with sugar is a great home remedy for removing fake tan, as well as a bicarb scrub or going for a swim in your local swimming pool.

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