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The Best Gradual Tans

There’s only one thing worse than the great pasty-limbed unveil on the first day of your holiday, and that’s baring a Tango-orange body. Avoid the radioactive look by choosing a gradual tan that will give you that desired deep honey tone of tan, whether it’s part of your holiday prep or just for a hint of colour now, by perusing our guide to the most natural-hued, gradually building faux glows…

Gradual Tan for Body - Light, £24 | James Read

A cult favourite, James Read’s Gradual Tan is a must-buy if you desire a natural, sun-kissed glow with minimal fuss.

Glam Glow, £35 | Omorovicza

If you’re one to avoid the sun, but still long for a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow, then this is the gradual tanner for you.

Everyday Medium/Dark Gradual Tan, £12.87 | St. Tropez

Look beach-perfect with St. Tropez’s Gradual Tan which nourishes and hydrates your skin while giving you a year-round honey hue.

Luxury Gradual Build Untinted Tan Lotion, £30 | Vita Liberata

Lasting results are guaranteed with Skin Respect. The luxury mousse will give you that natural, healthy, golden glow with its ultra-easy-to-use formula.

Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk, £31.50 | Decléor

DECLÉOR’s Gradual Glow Body Milk is made up of natural ingredients that will help soothe your skin, preserving its youthful look. The milky consistency glides onto skin with ease.  

Everyday Gradual Tan, £15 | UTan

UTan Everyday Gradual Tan allows you to reapply consecutive nights to build up a deeper tan without giving a streaky or blotchy colour.

Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 In 1 Lotion, £16 (was £20) | St. Tropez

You’ll never have to go to the beach again (unless you want to) with this St. Tropez favourite. Just apply daily to clean, dry skin and a healthy bronze colour and 24-hour moisturisation will be yours.

Faux Tan Face Gradual Glow Sunless Tanner, £18 | bareMinerals

bareMinerals’ very own quick-drying sunless face tanner will give you an instant wash of colour without any harmful exposure to the sun.

Lux Golden Bronze Gradual Fair, £25 | Fake Bake

This foolproof tanning lotion comes with a cosmetic colour guide, giving you absolute control over your desired level of colour, so it would be impossible to not achieve that beachy tan you’ve always wanted.

The Face And Body Gradual Tan, £65 | Crème De La Mer

For a soft, golden colour, smooth 'Soleil de La Mer evenly over freshly washed exfoliated skin.

'Gradual Self-Tanning' Sunscreen Mousse SPF 20, £26.74 | Supergoop!

Supergoop’s rich, multitasking formula will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and give limbs a flattering, glistening sheen. 2 in 1 magic.

Beach Perfect Slim Tan, £16.99 | Dr. Ceuticals 

Before you hit the sand this summer, dab on Dr. Ceuticals Beach Perfect Slim Tan. This self-tanner will help you firm up and shape your skin, and leave you with a radiant bronzy glow.