5 Hydrating Self-Tans For Your Face
5 Hydrating Self-Tans For Your Face

5 Hydrating Self-Tans For Your Face

If you ask us, a facial tanner is a godsend all year round, but some can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, resulting in streaks and patchy colour. Thankfully, the best formulations use gentler ingredients to create that natural, year-round glow – from tinted sleep masks to innovative mists, here are the ones we rate…
By Rebecca Hull

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Illuminating Bronzing Face Mist, £30 | Amanda Harrington

Best For: A Dewy, Youthful Finish

Why We Love It: Amanda Harrington’s line is arguably the gold standard in tanning. Not only do the products yield radiant results, they look after your skin. The bestselling facial mist is a must-try if you like a deeper colour – brimming with collagen, it keeps skin smooth and supple, while the semi-permanent colour eliminates the need for make-up. Spritz it directly onto the skin in circular motions, or onto a make-up brush before buffing it in. Focus on the cheekbones, forehead and nose – where the sunlight naturally hits. And always use a brush to buff it in around the hairline, so you never have any tell-tale tidemarks.

Available at Harrods.com

Sunless Tan Anti-Ageing Face Serum, £49 | Coola

Best For: Sensitive Skin Types 

Why We Love It: Reliable and easy to use, this streak-free serum uses 70% organic ingredients to gently tan your face, while the in-built vitamin C, argan oil and hyaluronic acid leave skin smooth, hydrated and plump. You’ll find the colour develops fast, with a subtle bronze finish that lasts at least three days. Apply it alone or use it with your day cream for subtler luminosity. The pina colada and coconut scent is a bonus.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Overnight Hyaluronic Tan Balm, £22.50 | He-Shi

Best For: An Even Fade

Why We Love It: This He-Shi facial tan works best when left on overnight. Lightweight in texture, the silky balm provides instant moisture, while the tanning pigments gradually build a natural colour you’ll love. Try applying it with a make-up brush or a mitt for a patch-free finish. Our favourite thing about this formula is how well it fades, without any scaliness or dark patches. 

Available at LookFantastic.com

Day Dew Self-Tan Face Mist, £13.95 | Isle of Paradise

Best For: Nourishing Ingredients 

Why We Love It: The clue is in the name with this one. Offering dewy, healthy-looking colour, it contains some top skin nourishers, including glycerine, hyaluronic acid and sage oils, all of which penetrate the skin for a plumped up, hydrated effect. You only need a few spritzes of this to see a warm glow develop within hours. Never tight or drying, it instantly calms and soothes, leaving behind a far softer complexion. 

Available at Boots.com

Daily Sunless Tanning Serum, £56 | Soleil Toujours

Best For: Vacation-Like Colour

Why We Love It: At £56, this is an investment, but worth it if you’re looking for a believable, vacation-like colour. With aloe and raspberry seed oil, skin gets a much-needed boost of hydration, while the fast-absorbing formula never feels tacky or greasy. You only need a small amount – apply it as you would a normal serum to see results within a couple of days.

Available at ALittleFind.com

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