It’s time to tan

With summer just around the corner, things are looking up; you can drink cocktails in the day, buy a new bikini and dig out your sunglasses.  There’s only one problem with this seemingly blissful season, you’re as pale as Casper the friendly ghost, what a disaster.

It’s time to fake it, your tan that is. A sexy sun kissed glow is a must have this season and it is easily achievable with tanning products that can be found on the high street. No matter what your skin tone, your budget or your time frame there’s a product out there for you. So no excuses, happy tanning!

If you only have 10 minutes….

Instant fake tan products are a lifesaver. Need a quick fix for a last minute night out, a sudden outfit change, or are you just prone to tanning mishaps? Then instant tanners are perfect for you.

Not only are they quick and easy to apply, they dry fast, give you an instant bronzed goddess look and if it all goes wrong, they simply washes off with water.

rimmel instant tan

Rimmel Sun shimmer instant tan is a steal at just £6.12 from Superdrug. It comes in three shades fair, light and medium and a choice of a matte or shimmer finish.  It lasts 24hours hours and is transfer resistant.

fake bake beyond bronze instant

New from fake bake, Beyond Bronze Instant is £10.20 from Boots and comes in three shades light, medium and brown. It’s nicely fragranced and absorbs quickly, meaning streaks are a thing of the past!

If you want to build up your tan “naturally”…

Opt for a gradual tan product. These develop over a number of hours and can be topped up daily to gradually darken the colour.

st tropez gradual tan


ST Tropez gradual tan £20.43 from Debenhams, is an odourless spray. It is easy to apply and dries quickly. Their is no colour guide, your tan will intensify over a number of hours. It can be used everyday to achieve the colour that you desire.

clinique self sun tan


Clinique self sun body and face tanners are £16 each from Boots.They offer and instant glow with a more intense tan developing a few hours later. They come in two shades fair/light and medium/deep.

If you want just a hint of sunshine…

 Then self tan moisturisers are for you.  Replace your usually moisturiser this summer with one of these self tanning ones. They leave your skin luxuriously smooth and add just a hint of colour, so natural looking no one will ever know that your glow is from a bottle.

johnsons holiday skin


Johnson’s holiday skin is £7.14 from Boots and comes in two shades, light to medium and medium to dark. It’s enriched with Aloe Vera to give your skin a healthy moisture boost whilst gradually building at natural looking tan which develops over 3-4days.

dove summer glow


Dove summer glow £5.19 from Superdrug comes in two shades, light to normal skin and medium to dark skin.  This product combines the traditional Dove moisturiser with a hint of self tanning agent and when used every day it develops into a natural looking streak free tan.

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