Summer ‘21 may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without that summer glow you worked so hard to achieve. Keeping up your tan doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can even be a step in your weekly beauty routine that you can enjoy. Whether you’re a fan of self-tanners, like mousses, mists, or even ones that mix in with your body lotion, these self-tanners are a breeze to work with and result in a bronzed glow envied by everyone you pass by.
TopGlow Self Tanning Serum
If you’re a fan of multi-use beauty products, get ready to fall hard for TopGlow. This one little bottle is about to be your new bestie, because just a few drops of the Self Tanning Serum will get you the tan of your dreams. Mix it in with your body lotion and face cream for a gradual glow that looks oh-so-natural. The key to your tan lasting is a good exfoliation, so make sure you snatch up TopGlow’s Exfoliating Mitt that’s not only super satisfying to use but works like a charm. Plus, if you’re TO-based, head into fitness studio Sweat & Tonic for a spray tan service in their spa room.
St. Tropez Self Tan Watermelon Infusion Bronzing Mousse
Love getting a gorgeous glow, but not a fan of that self-tanner scent? Enter this tanning mousse from St. Tropez, which smells like juicy watermelon. In addition to its fruity fragrance, this mousse applies smoother than you ever thought possible. I’m talking no streaks, smudges, or anything. It dries down in what feels like an instant and, when left to develop over eight hours, results in a bronzed glow that lasts for upwards of 10 days.
Bondi Sands 1 Hour Express Tanning Foam
Want that glow, but don’t have time to sit around waiting for it to develop? This express tanning foam from Bondi Sands is here to save the day. In just one hour, you’ll be ready to walk out the door looking bronzed and beautiful. For best results, apply with the brand’s iconic tanning mitt, and get ready to watch your vacay glow up!
Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel
If you can’t stand having to wait for your tan to dry down, then this Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel is for you. In addition to how the gel formula melts into the skin, you can actually get dressed straight away without worrying about it transferring. All you’ll be left noticing is how silky, soft your skin feels and how glowy you are!
Filter by Molly Mae
If you’re Love Island UK obsessed, then you probably already know (and follow) Molly Mae. Molly Mae’s quickly catapulted to international popularity not only through the show but also because she launched her own self-tanner, called Filter. The brand is hugely successful and it’s clear why. One swipe with the tanning mitt and mousse results in a streak-free and natural-looking tan. Plus it hydrates as well thanks to moisturizing aloe and green tea.
Kora Organics Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion
Love self-tanners, but hate how so many contain yucky chemicals? Then the Kora Organics Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion needs to be on your radar. What makes this baby so unique is that it’s formulated with DHA, which is an ingredient that’s naturally derived from sugar and darkens over time, creating a bronzed-like effect. Plus, it also contains ingredients like rosehip, noni, and sea buckthorn that keep it nourishing and never sticky or smelly.
Schulz Beauty Spray Tan
If you’ve tried your hardest to become a self-tanning person but never have any luck, it might be time to hand it over to the professionals — and there’s no shame in that. If you’re TO-based, head to Schulz Beauty for a spray tan that’s natural, glowy, and just so well done. Want to look in extra good shape for a vacay? Spring for the body contouring that’s offered, and it’ll give you the defined arms, cheekbones, and abs of your dreams.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Blair Stutz)