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The Best Self Tanning Lotions

The Best Self Tanning Lotions

Whatever the season, many of us are looking to achieve a natural glow without damaging our skin. Sunless tanning is more popular than ever and there’s a plethora of choice when it comes to beauty products. We’ve compiled an edit of the best gradual tan lotions and tips for a smooth and even application.

What are the advantages of Gradual Tan?

Gradual tanning lotions have several benefits for your skin and for your lifestyle..

  • The formulas are enriched with nourishing ingredients such as Vitamin E and shea butter
  • Application carries less risk of looking uneven and it allows you to build up the colour
  • The effect is more natural and won’t look patchy
  • It can replace your body moisturiser, making it a two in one product

Top Tips for Application

  • If you plan to shave your legs, do so the night before
  • Use a body scrub before you apply the lotion to keep the skin soft and smooth
  •  The most dry areas of the body are the knees, elbows and feet, so you should take care in keeping these areas smooth
  • Self tanning lotions develop in four to eight hours, so we recommend applying before bed
  • Repeat the routine every other day, or as desired

To find your perfect body scrub, read our post, Discover the Best Body Scrubs and Exfoliators for Dry Skin

What are the Best Gradual Tan Products?

  1. St Tropez Gradual Tan Sculpt & Glow
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    St Tropez Gradual Tan Sculpt & Glow

    When it comes to self tan, St Tropez have all bases covered. With award-winning self tan products for the face and body, and even an In-Shower Tan, we recommend using the Gradual Tan Sculpt & Glow to achieve a believable summer glow. It’s portable, easy to apply and even contains Hyaluronic Acid to offer hydrating skincare benefits.

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  2. Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops
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    Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops

    Have you already found your holy grail moisturiser? To create a sun kissed glow using natural ingredients, simply add in the Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops to your moisturiser to customize your tan. It’s the best way to control the process and create your own bespoke gradual tanning lotion. Use 1 to 3 drops per application for best results. What’s more, it’s also suitable to mix with your facial moisturiser.

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  3. Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion
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    Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

    Vita Liberata is an organic tanning brand that has gained legions of fans such as Victoria McGrath and Lydia Millen. The Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion is a tinted body cream that adds bronze to the skin using natural ingredients such as East Afrian Marula Oil. Whilst some self tanning products can create a distinguishable scent, Vita Liberata products have a tropical scent so won’t let on the secret to your tan.

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  4. Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk
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    Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk

    An Australian tanning brand, Bondi Sands have created a core collection of products that ensure a golden glow all year round. This nourishing body milk delivers the ideal hint of bronze that looks both natural and even. With a delicious cocoa butter scent, what’s not to love? To us, this is one of the best gradual tan products on the market.

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  5. Decléor Systeme Corps Gradual Glow
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    Decléor Systeme Corps Gradual Glow

    A cult favourite in the beauty community, Decléor have developed a luxurious gradual tan that combines body moisturiser and self tan in one. The Systeme Corps Gradual Glow contains vanilla extracts and magnolia essential oil to hydrate and deliver a beautiful sun kissed radiance. Could this be the best gradual tan lotion? It definitely has the Beauty Expert seal of approval.

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  6. Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner
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    Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner

    If you haven’t heard of Skinny Tan, this salon-quality tanning brand is growing in popularity as one of the best cruelty-free self tan ranges to achieve a natural streak-free tan. To build the tan in stages, opt for the Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner which is a fast-absorbing formula that develops within eight hours. For best results, apply with a tanning mitt.

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  7. ESPA Gradual Tan Body Moisturiser
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    ESPA Gradual Tan Body Moisturiser

    If you love ESPA skincare, you’ll love the body care collection which includes a luxurious Gradual Tan Body Moisturiser. This innovative product develops over four hours and skin is left feeling soft and hydrated. With key ingredients of shea butter, sweet almond oil and ylang ylang, this is the summer essential to create a holiday glow.

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  8. This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan
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    This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan

    As the name suggests, This Works have created a product to help you achieve your ‘best legs’ with this incredible serum for your body. Not only a gradual tan, there are also ingredients that help to even the skin tone such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

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