No time? Try these easy-to-apply (and quick-developing) self-tanners

Nothing beats a healthy bronzed glow — and with summer parties and holidays aplenty, we want to achieve it more than ever. The other thing about this season? A lack of time. But that shouldn’t stop you from achieving the natural-looking (sunless) tan you so deserve. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite (and quickest-to-apply and develop) tanning products so you can spend more time with glowy limbs and less time in the bathroom applying said glow. And don’t forget: the secret is in the preparation. Get glowing!


Elle Effect The Tint

Kind of like a foundation for your body, this smooth, buildable skin perfector from Elle Effect works like a soft-focus filter to blur imperfections and enhance skin tone. Its formula is velvety to the touch and blends into skin with ease. Light-reflecting particles work to camouflage veins, scars, stretch marks and a fading tan, while the combination of avocado oil and vitamin E softens, nourishes and protects skin. Our top tip? Apply it using Elle Effect’s The Brush for a streak-free finish every time.

Sol de Janeiro Copacabana Bronze Glow Oil

A body oil might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘instant tan’ — but this one from Sol de Janeiro delivers a juicy glow pretty much the moment it’s applied. We’re talking moisturised, sun-drenched skin that’s smooth and glowing. The beauty of this oil is that it enhances skin: highlighting in all the right places while contouring too.

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If mousse is more your thing, reach for Luna Bronze Total Eclipse Express Tanning Mousse or James Read Tan Glow20 Express Tan Mousse . Luna Bronze needs one to three hours to develop a rich olive-toned tan, and its scent of lemon myrtle, orange blossom and mandarin sets it apart from other self-tanners doing the rounds. Caramel extract helps give skin a natural tint and intense hydration, while aloe vera offers skin-calming properties. Meanwhile, James Read offers a lightning fast developing time with his Glow20 Mousse: for a sun-kissed glow leave tan on for 20 minutes, for a medium golden hue, wait 60 minutes before washing off and for a deeper bronzer glow leave the mousse to develop for 90 minutes — and you’re done!

The Spray Aus Self Tan Mousse is another quick-developing mousse – for a natural glow, one hour is all you need. If a deeper bronze finish is more your vibe, wait three hours and then jump in the shower. A combination of Kakadu plum and coconut oil help to brighten the appearance of pigmentation, boost radiance and keep skin moisturised for even application.

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So, you’ve perfected your body tan, now it’s time to achieve that same glow on your face. The James Read Tan Express Glow Mask Face offers a skin-flattering bronze shade; once applied, it develops a light glow in 30 minutes and a deeper tan in one hour. The colour continues to develop even after the mask is washed off and lasts up to five days (hello, fuss-free tanning).

Meanwhile, Isle Of Paradise’s Day Dew Self-Tan Face Mist is the perfect product if you’re looking for a tanning-meets-skincare product. It’s a bi-phase face mist that combines lemon, rosemary and sage oils to awaken your senses, while hyaluronic acid and glycerin hydrate, plump and lock in moisture all day. It offers the perfect level of gradual tan for everyday use — just spritz and go.

Need a glow before your next big event? Our self-tanning range doesn’t stop here — keep browsing!


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