These ones get our tick of approval. Go forth and be bronzed!
The word “tan” immediately follows with images of the beach, tousled hair, cute summer dresses and coconut scents. It’s true that a tan makes us look and feel thinner, sexier and healthier, but baking in the sun and hitting solariums are total no-nos. The dangers of UV rays – which include premature skin ageing and the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, are just not worth it.
That’s why we’ve converted to the fake tan. However this has many problems: streaks, yucky smells and looking like you’ve rolled around in a giant packet of Doritos just to name a few. We’ve tried and tested each of the below and they all pass our test to give you that glorious summer glow. Now take your pick.
St Tropez Bronzing Gel (RRP $45.00 p/150ml)
The best faux tan in the history of tans – no wonder Kate Moss is their ambassador. The gel is pure brown – not orange like most – and smooths straight on like a body lotion. Plus, it doesn’t contain any preservatives (the nasties that can lead to an orange hue) so you’re left with an instant, long-lasting dark bronze tan.
Reef Beach Glow Instant Tan Mousse Bronze (SRP $14-$15 p/145-150ml)
A lightweight mousse with a delicious coconut scent that dries in minutes making it perfect for a last minute tan. The end result is a bronze tint which turns golden over a period of hours. It is super easy to apply and doesn’t leave streaks.
Model Co Tan Airbrush in a Can (SRP $15.40 p/90ml)
This fine mist is an instant bronzer for your face and body that deepens over six hours. This self-tanner has a blue-green base, meaning it works with your natural skin tone to create a sun-kissed glow – a winner if you’re fair and don’t want to risk going too dark.
Jane Iredale Tantasia (SRP $45.90)
Tint today, tan tomorrow. This bronzer builds a natural looking tan over three days. It contains streak-free formula and provides hydration, allowing you to use it on your face – great for those with sensitive skin. Bonus: it smells really good!
Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow(SRP $49.95)
RCK provides a one-night tan with a golden, shimmery glow. Apply it like a moisturiser and immediately notice blemishes and red spots vanish – replaced with a sexy, exotic shimmer. It washes off after one night but if you moisturise, the bronze glow will last an extra one to two days. – Photo and report by Jessica Abdo