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Beauty Update: The New Ways To Fake Tan

Remember the days where your choice of fake tan ranged from Rimmel’s Sun Shimmer to Garnier’s Summer Body. Oh, how times have changed. There’s now a new generation of tanning products and they do more than help you banish pasty limbs. From tans that promise to tone and tighten, to plumping facial oils that get you glowing and even a tan you can use in the shower (say what!), the new range of revolutionary bronzers are transforming tanning for the better, and we couldn’t be more excited!

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion, £14.50

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion


Ok, we know how this sounds. Conventionally, fake tan and water are not to be mixed and we were pretty skeptical about this. But after sampling mid-shower we were pleasantly surprised! Perfect for paler complexions and girls on the go (all of us, right?), use as you would a hair mask – massage all over wet skin and leave for 3-5 minutes keeping your body out of the shower, then simply wash-off. Expect a subtle glow, perfect for a pre-holiday bronze boost.

Bliss Fatgirlslim Hide & Glow Sleek, £30


Slim while you sun-kiss, with this toning spray tan. Enriched with collagen stimulating amino acids which tighten, tone and firm the skin and caffeine to target the appearance of cellulite, the multi-tasking spray formula lets you ditch the mitt for a seamless, streak free application every time. Available in two shades, fair-to-medium and medium-to-deep, both envelop pins in a pearly veil and leave skin velvety smooth, not to mention it’s both transfer and water resistant. And, with 71% of women claiming their skin was firmer after 4 weeks of use, we’ll have two, please.


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By Terry Tea To Tan Spray, £52

By Terry’s Tea To Tan has had an update and is soon to be available in an even bigger spray bottle for easy full-body application. Is it a hot beverage? Is it fake tan? Ok, so it’s definitely fake tan, but it contains hydrating Black and Red Tea extracts along with other do-good antioxidant ingredients which work like a vitamin shot to the skin, hydrating and revitalizing your complexion. The weightless formula leaves a natural shade of brown – no orange in sight, and flecks of gold give a subtle shimmer that brightens the entire body. Spritz all over for bronze bliss! (The XXL spray bottles are coming soon to Space NK).


Vita Liberata TrystalTM Minerals, £35

Oily tanning lotions can clog pores and cause breakouts in those prone to spots. The answer to tanning problem skin? Vita Liberata have created the world’s first fake tan in a loose powder form. The oil-free formula gives an instant bronze hit which develops into a long lasting darker tan over the next 8 hours and provides the skin with the coverage of a powder, blurring imperfections. Sweep the make-up self-tan hybrid over the face and neck after applying your moisturiser and use layers to contour beneath the cheekbones, the jaw and along the temples, for a darker, more even complexion.


James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face, £25


A cult tan favourite for beauty beauties in the know, this lightweight moisturising gel-mask contains a host of skincare saving ingredients and acts like a fake-tan facial while you sleep. Red algae hydrates the skin while cucumber and aloe vera calm and soothe. Use on consecutive days to build up colour, or if your skin’s in need of some nighttime nourishment. Expect to wake up with gorgeous golden skin that’s softer than it was when your head hit the pillow – lazy girls rejoice!


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Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self Tan Serum, £35

Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self Tan Serum



Tan-Luxe The Illuminating Self Tan Serum is pretty genius! It teams skincare benefits with hint of tan in a super luxurious serum formula. It won’t block your pores and leaves dry skin looking positively plumper and seriously hydrated for up to 7 days. It gets better. Not only does this wonder buy transform pale, parched skin it also smells incredible too- not the least bit like a tanning product but more a mixture of citrus fruits and holidays – hurrah!. Massage a few drops into the face and neck for a serious surge of moisture and a dewy, sun-kissed glow.

Gabrielle Dyer