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Keep Your Summer Skin Glowing

Ah, the great British summer, heatwave one moment, downpours the next. As the sun once again becomes a stranger, many of us at allbeauty are ruing not making the most of that warm weather while it lasted. Whether you were lucky enough to get sun-kissed, or missed the narrow window, it isn’t too late to create, or maintain, a bronzed body throughout Autumn. 

While there’s no argument that pale skin can look absolutely gorgeous (we’re looking at you Audrey Hepburn), it’s no secret that many of us feel more radiant with that summertime glow. So, whether you’re a tanning aficionado or just dipping your toe in the water, here are our top-rated essentials for getting that holiday look, year-round.


Best Body Exfoliators

The key to an even tan is skin which has been properly exfoliated. By scrubbing those dry areas around your knees and elbows, you’ll avoid that patchy tan we all live in fear of. Here are our best body exfoliators, as rated by you.

#1 Tonic Body Polisher – Clarins

The exfoliator most highly rated by our valued customers, the Tonic Body Polisher with Essential Oils by the UK’s top luxury skincare brand, Clarins, not only feels wonderful, it smells heavenly too.  

Our Price £26.95 – save 18% off RRP

#2 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator – Decleor 

Our Price £19.95- save 50% off RRP

#3 Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish – REN Clean Skincare

Our Price £22.95 –  save 34% off RRP


Best Body Moisturisers

It doesn’t matter how great a tanning product is, if you don’t keep that gloriously glowing skin moisturised, you can say goodbye to an even, all over tan. All body moisturisers aren’t created equal, but you can forego the trial and error with these top rated options.

#1 Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter For Dry Skin– Clarins

For skin hydration that goes on and on, Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion is the ultimate in skincare. Apply in the morning for day-long relief from dryness.  

Our Price £39.10 – save 15% off RRP

#2 Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream

Our customers say “Amazing product.it smells and feels very nice on the skin.”

Our Price £12.30save 35% off RRP

#3 Decleor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Moisturising Body Milk

Our Price £23.50 –  save 48% off RRP


Best Natural Tan Boosters

Last-minute opportunity to catch the sun? Want to make the most of the last of summer’s rays? A natural tan booster encourages your skin to turn the right shade of sought-after-sienna in a shorter amount of time, while encouraging the skin’s natural self-protection function.

#1 Self Tanning Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face – Clarins

Explore the depth of your tan with just a couple of drops of Clarins, Self Tanning Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face.  Our customers say “This is an excellent product – you just need a drop mixed with your moisturiser so really easy to apply and colour is very natural” 

Our Price £17.60 save 12% off RRP

#2 Body Basics Tan Accelerating Lotion – Gatineau

Our Price £32.80-  save 33% off RRP

#3 Aftersun Tan Booster – Ultrasun

Our Price £19.95 save 17% off RRP


Best Gradual Tan

If you like the idea of fake tan but don’t want to make a drastic change, gradual tan is the ideal choice. Build up to your preferred shade over time, ensuring that you get a perfect glow, tailored to you.

#1 Total Effects 7-in-1 Touch of Sunshine Gradual Sunless Tanner – Olay 

From one of the most well-known brands comes this all-singing, all-dancing moisturiser – Total Effects 7-in-1 Touch of Sunshine Gradual Sunless Tanner. Olay pride themselves on their deep hydration and anti-aging skincare, so you know you’re getting the full package with this cream. 

Our Price £11.95 save 20% off RRP

#2 Elemis Sunwise Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion

Our customers say “The best gradual tanning product on the market!”

Our Price £25.95- save 31% off RRP

#3 St Tropez Gradual Everyday Body Lotion Medium/Dark 

Our Price £11.60 save 20% off RRP


Best Instant Tan

Whether for a special occasion or just to keep the winter blues away, instant tan gives you the colour you need, when you need it. There are literally hundreds of products available, but real customer reviews separate the awesome from the average.

#1 Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse – St Tropez

St Tropez is one of the most respected self-tanning brands, and the reviews for their Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse speak volumes.

Our Price £18.20save 45% off RRP

#2 Tan Organic Self Tanning Certified Organic Oil

Our customers say “Brilliant! No mess no after smell lovely even false tan. Does not stain hands after application.”

Our Price £22.40save 10% off RRP

#3 Clarins Self Tanning Milky Lotion

Our Price £17.85 save 15% off RRP


Best Applicators

The right applicator can be the difference between a good tan and a great tan. Even coverage is much more achievable when using one of our top reviewed tanning applicators.

#1 Self Tanning Application Mitt – Tan Organic

The best tanning applicator as voted by you, this mitt by Tan Organic will help to ensure you get a flawless tan. Even better? It’s one of the most competitively priced too!

Our Price £6.00

#2 Self Tan Back Applicator – ModelCo Tanning

Our Price £8.00

#3 Instant Flawless Self Tan Liquid – Fake Bake

Our Price £15.50save 38% off RRP


There we have it, everything you need to keep that summer glow going all year long. Ready to get your tan on? Head over to take a look at the range of tanning products on allbeauty.com

Fake Tan Manual – How to Get the Perfect Glow

Fake tan needn’t be tricky. So whether you’d rather not sit out in the sun, or need a bit of colour before you don that new bikini, our manual will guide you to the best home tanning products and help you tan like a Pro!

The secret to a great fake tan is making sure you have the right products. So before we begin, ask yourself two questions:

What kind of tan do I need? – A quick fix for pasty legs, a gentle glow or all-over serious colour?
How much time do I have? – Rushing from work, time to prepare? 

Got your answers? Let’s get stuck in!

THE QUICK FIX INSTANT ‘TAN
Which Is…

Basically colour in a bottle. Smoothed over skin it gives immediate colour but washes off with soap (hoorah, no mitts or gloves!). All you need is a few minutes of drying time and you’re good to go.

Good For?

Office parties, last minute dates, unexpected swimming and “my legs look TERRIBLE” moments. Always have some in your cupboard!

Pros

  • Super-fast to apply, instant colour
  • Quick drying
  • Can usually be layered to get deeper colour
  • Needs soap to remove so no rain-related disasters

Cons

  •  Very temporary
  • Needs reapplication
  • Looks horrid going down the drain

How To Apply:

Bare hands are fine but a mitt or gloves are useful. Use quick, long strokes and blend by eye.

Benefit Hoola Body Bronzer

We Love: Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer

This smooth, non-sticky body bronzer glides on HANDS FREE and blends on instantly & seamlessly for a thoroughly believable bronze. Beachin’ bonus…the 12-hour Hoola Zero Tanlines formula stays on even when your clothes come off.

 

THE MEDIUM FIX Quick developing tan
Which Is…

Like the classic fake tan, these need time to develop and won’t wash off. However, things have come a long way since you walked around the house naked for 8 hours scared to touch anything – these options dry fast and develop fast.

Good For?

Parties, balls, short breaks – any occasion where you want a proper tan but don’t want to invest much time.

Pros

  • Easy to apply, quick drying.
  • Some brands such as St Tropez are coloured so you can see where you’re applying the product.
  • Won’t wash off even with soap so great for any situation.

Cons

  • Take time to develop
  • Requires care when applying (you need mitts or gloves and must protect eyebrows/hairline) to avoid orange hands!
  • A little preparation is needed, especially exfoliation and moisturiser around dry areas.

How To Apply:

Definitely use a mitt and/or gloves! Apply in long, sweeping movements for best results. Some products can be showered off so check the product details.

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

We Love: St Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse 200ml

This easy to use, quick drying and lightweight mousse is specially formulated to absorb quickly into the skin, allowing you to select your shade of tan by choosing when to wash off the tinted guide colour.

 

The classic full tan
Which Is…

The classic fake tan needs time to develop and won’t wash off. May take several hours to develop, and will need proper preparation for great results.

Good for?

They’re top of the list if you’re going on holiday or need a serious, all-over tan that lasts a solid week before reapplication.

Pros

  • Usually coloured so you can see where you’re applying product
  • Won’t wash off even with soap
  • Can usually be topped up with further applications a week or so later to keep the tan going.

Cons

  • Take time to develop
  • Requires proper care when applying (mitts or gloves and you must protect eyebrows/hairline).
  • In some cases you can’t get dressed for a short while after application.
  • Preparation is needed for best results – exfoliate and moisturise, preferably the day before.

How To Apply

Application in the usual way with a tanning mitt or gloves.

Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mousse

We Love: Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mousse

With its lightweight and smooth texture, Xen-Tan’s Fresh Tanning Mousse provides even and easy application for colour in just 3-4 hours. Packed with natural ingredients including peptides, green tea, ginkgo biloba, aloe vera and vitamins D & E, it provides thorough nourishment and hydration to help keep skin smooth and healthy in addition to wonderfully tanned.

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Aside from fake tan products, there are a host of complementary items to help you get the look. For even application a tanning mitt is a must. Body exfoliation will create the perfect base, but try a specialist one such as St Tropez Body Polish. Proper exfoliation after you apply your fake tan will help it to fade more evenly. It also creates a base for re-application if you want to keep your fake tan going all summer. Fake tan products are unisex but men may like Clinique Face Tinted Lotion.

Which fake tan brand is your favourite? Is this summer your first wearing fake tan? Let us know!

This post updated: 28th June 2018.