It's no secret that fake tan has come a long way since the noughties. Essentially, it no longer smells of biscuits or leaves nasty streak marks on our bodies and bedding. Hallelujah!
Best Fake Tan 2022
1. Bondi Sands Self Tan Oil Liquid Gold
Infused with coconut and argan oil, this luxurious self tan comes in a dry oil formula that develops over 2 - 3 hours and lasts for up to a week. It's great for those who suffer with dry skin as it's moisturising, plus it smells divine, too!
2. Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water
Tanning king Jules Von Hep created the brand Isle of Paradise, which we love. The products have a clever colour correcting technology in it, so you'll never look orange. Amen, sista!
3. James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face
Wake up with a gorgeous glow with the help of the James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face. This lightweight formula combines skincare essentials (think aloe vera, cucumber and hyaluronic acid) with self-tan to moisturise and tan your face overnight. Dreamy, right?
4. L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir, RRP £14.99
Meet one of the high-streets most coveted fake tans: the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir. This buildable gel tan has a streak-free finish and oh-so-realistic hue. We <3.
5. Doll Beauty Doll Tan Dark
This gorgeous fake tan smells like marshmallows (divine) and gives you a deep, yet natural-looking tan. We are obsessed.
6. he-shi Express Liquid Tan,
This clever-working self tanning bronzer tans on contact, giving you an instant golden colour which lasts up to 10 days. But our favourite part? It's super-quick drying due to its incredibly light, smooth and moisturising texture.
7. Tanologist Self-Tan Water
This vitamin-infused water hydrates your skin while you tan and is cruelty-free, organic and vegan-friendly. It's a multi-purpose formula so can be used on your face and body and it won't stain your sheets. One bottle gives you a spectrum of shades depending on how long you wait before washing. In just one hour, you could have yourself a healthy glow.
8. Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Gradual Self Tan
For a gradual, natural glow, we've been reaching for the Dove Derma Spa range. Simply sweep on to your skin in circular movements and give it half an hour (minimum) to sink in, and you'll have people questioning if you snuck off to Marbs for the weekend. You also get the added benefits of Dove's moisturising formula so your skin won't only look great, it'll feel great too.
9. Rose & Caramel Velvety – Dark Olive Tanning Mousse (200ml)
Complimentary to warmer skin tones, Rose & Caramel has created a winning bespoke formula. It has got a green base to eliminate any orange tones during development and the highest level of hydration. Velvety is also paraben free, vegan friendly and cruelty free.
10. St Moriz Professional Medium Tanning Mousee 200ml
We can't mention the best fake tans without including this St. Moriz's product. Thanks to its unique blend of active tanning agents combined with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E, it's the perfect solution for anyone wanting a silky smooth glow.
Is fake tan bad for your skin?
According to Cancer Research UK, fake tan is completely safe to use.
However, it's important to remember that using fake tan doesn't protect against harmful UV rays, so always remember to apply suncream to avoid looking like a tomato and damaging your lovely skin.
In terms of skin reactions to fake tan, some doctors recommend doing a patch test before bronzing up to check you don't have an allergic reaction to the tanner.
We hear you - you're worried about breakouts too. Don't stress - fake tan can leave your skin feeling dry, which can cause breakouts, but keeping moisturised should keep those pesky spots at bay.
Does fake tan stain?
Fake tan staining seems pretty unavoidable. Whether it's your sheets, pillowcases or your favourite white dress, it happens.
Thankfully most fake tan stains come out in 40 degree wash. For stubborn stains on pale fabrics, try a pre-wash stain remover.
If you're planning on getting your glow on, we recommend using a dark towel and sleeping on dark sheets instead of white or light coloured ones.
Is fake tan safe when you're pregnant?
According to the NHS, using fake tanning lotions and creams is safe during pregnancy.
However, it's probably best to avoid stepping into a spray-tanning booth while you're expecting as the effects of inhaling the chemicals used during a spray-tan are unknown.
How often should you apply fake tan?
Want to be a glowy goddess all year round? Most fake tans last between three and ten days, so if you want to be constantly bronzed you'll probably need to apply fake tan once every 1-2 weeks.