As a beauty editor I try a range of different products and right now the focus is on tanning and bronzing. I am a firm believer in “slip, slop, slap (plus seek and slide which are the latest additions)” and you wouldn’t find me anywhere near a solarium. That being said, I like a bronzed body as much as the next girl…whether its a full body (fake) tan or a touch of bronze on my cheeks the result is a healthy glow and I always feel slimmer and more confident in the perfect shade of brown.
I have researched high and low and have come up with 12 recommended products for this summer, each with varying price-points and features. The only thing these beauties are lacking is orange, and that’s just the way I like it.
THE GRADUAL TAN
For the beginner or fair skinned maidens, the invention of the gradual tan is a genius idea. A good product should work as a body moisturiser, which adds colour over a few days without streaking or turning orange. An added benefit is there is no strong fake tan smell.
Vani T’s Bronzing Body Custard gives a really natural, healthy looking tan while giving your skin a hydration boost. The result is more “just got back from holidaying on an exotic island” rather than “I’ve been eating too many carrots”. RRP $28.95 (Stockist: vani-t.com)
Joico have recently added Skin Luxe body products to their range of haircare, and their Golden Shimmer Self Tannerworks a treat. It has a smooth, velvety texture and applies easily with a gorgeous tan that darkens over time. RRP $24.95 (Stockists: 1300 764 437)
Fake Bake are experts in tanning and their Radiant Golden Glow in Fair is designed especially for those wanting a slow building tan. Professional quality, and paraben free, it is up to you how dark you go…but no matter what, you will always be the perfect shade. RRP $42.95 (Stockist: 1300 787 587)
Le Tan Daily Glow is Australian made and comes with SPF 15. It takes about five days to fully develop and becomes quite dark on fair skin. This is a good all round product with an affordable price, Vitamin E for moisturising and a nice colour. RRP: $7.99 (Stockist: 1300 650 981)
Nivea BODY Summer Beauty Firming Gradual Tan Body Lotion is an excellent choice for those on a budget and one of the best gradual tans you will find in your supermarket. It comes in different shades so you can choose the right colour for your skin and has grape seed oil which has skin firming properties. RRP $6.99
THE INSTANT TAN
If your patience is lacking and you want to be bronzed instantly, the traditional fake tan is your best option.
Ella Bache have the Great Moussetan which comes in a pump container and is a soft mousse formula. It is coloured for easy application and your skin will look beautifully golden AND feel soft and moisturised. What’s more, the fun blue bottle reminds me of sunny days! RRP: $42.00 (Stockist: 1800 789 234)
The Jet Set Tan from Invisible Zinc is a favourite, it can be used on both the face and body and comes out as a spray on mist. It dries instantly so you don’t need to sit around the house naked, but takes around 12 hours to fully develop. Get a friend to help you to ensure an even application. RRP $37.00 (Stockist: 1300 738 850)
California Tan has a Sunless Foam Tinted Self Tanner which is fast drying and takes around 2 – 4 hours to develop. The best thing about it is that it’s tinted, so you can see where you are applying and avoid any nasty streaks!
BYS Island Bronze Instant Self Tanning Mousse is Australian Owned and Made and is for those that like a golden, sunkissed look. It’s a mousse and the contains DHA which means the tan is longer lasting and formulates over the following days. RRP $18.95, (Stockist: 03 9551 4666)
Bronze without the commitment, use a bronzer for a night out or to add some definition to your body.
Benefit’s Hoola is a bronzing powder which can be swept across your cheeks, forehead or bust for a radiant glow. It comes with an applicator brush and can be used as a hint of colour, or built up for use on a darker complexion. RRP $49.00 (Stockist: 02 8353 5000)
Another budget pick is the Mineral Bronzing Crème from Designer Brands. It comes with shimmer and can be used on the body for a quick tan that can be washed off. This product moisturises and is made in Australia. RRP $12.99 (Stockist: 1300 765 332)
SHE also has a Shimmering Bronzing Lotion, which has a nice almondy scent. The perfect compliment to an existing tan, it smooths on easily. This washes off in the shower and gives you a nice bronze shade with a little bit of sparkle. RRP $14.95 (Stockist: 03 8317 0367)
Remember, the only safe tan is a FAKE tan! Most fake tans do not contain sunscreen.