7 Face Tans To Maintain Your Summer Glow

With the right face tan, maintaining that warm, summer glow year-round is surprisingly easy. The key is to choose something hydrating and buildable, so the colour looks natural and really goes the distance. Here are seven that tick both boxes.
By Rebecca Hull /

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Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, £21 | Clarins

Best For: Easy Application

Why We Love Them: These drops lend a caramel, golden tone to skin. Recommended by experts and beauty therapists alike, they’re designed to be mixed with your serum or moisturiser for optimum results. Meanwhile, aloe vera keeps skin hydrated and nourished so it looks suppler and smooth. If you choose to apply them directly to your face without any skincare, make sure you use a brush for a faster, seamless blend. Use one with soft, fluffy bristles to work the formula into your skin and hairline so you never get any streaks.

Available at: Boots.co.uk

DermaSpa Summer Revived Self-Tan Face Cream Fair To Medium, £3.99 | Dove

 Best For: Instant Glow

Why We Love It: When it comes to affordable self-tan, Dove does some of the best. We love this gentle face cream, which can easily be built up for more intense results. Containing ingredients like glycerine and smoothing acids, it simultaneously floods the skin with moisture while getting rid of any unwanted dullness for maximum glow. Plus, at just £3.99, you can’t go wrong.

Available at:  Boots.co.uk

Sleep Mask Overnight Gradual Tan Gel For The Face Light To Medium, £24.90 | James Read

Best For: Anyone Prone To Sensitivities

Why We Love It: Fragrance free, this nourishing formula doubles-up as a hydrating mask and is ideal for those prone to sensitivities. It’s full of hyaluronic acid, as well as red algae – both of which help to plump skin and drench it in moisture. Massage a generous amount all over clean skin, leaving it on for a few hours, or overnight for best results. Put simply, the longer you leave it, the richer your tan will be – but don’t worry, it never looks overpowering or worse, orange.

Available at: Feelunique.co.uk

Glam Glow Self-Tanner, £40 | Omorovicza

Best For: Tan-phobes

Why We Love It: If you’re after just a hint of warmth, this self-tan/skincare hybrid is for you. Brimming with ingredients like apricot seed and jojoba oils, as well as the brand’s iconic Hungarian thermal water, it instantly soaks up dryness for a smoother complexion. As for the tan, it builds gradually, so it’s hard to overdo it. Massage a small amount onto your face – and your body if you want to – and really work it in for even application. Silky in texture, it’s easy to blend, and you’ll find it never leaves behind any tide marks or uneven streaks – ideal for tan-phobes and novices, but also those with paler skin tones.

Available at: Cultbeauty.co.uk

Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist, £22 | St.Tropez

Best For: Subtle Results

Why We Love It: This mist makes it easy to amp up your tan without overdoing it. Simply spritz on a few pumps all over your face for a light, gradual glow. It’s great for fairer skin tones, although anyone with dry skin will love it too, as vitamins C and D and hyaluronic acid work together to nourish and brighten.

Available at: Boots.co.uk

Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum, £36 | Tan Luxe

Best For: Skincare Benefits

Why We Love It: These silky drops are one of the most reliable options for creating a golden, healthy-looking tan. Loved by industry insiders and experts alike, they’re incredibly versatile and come with a host of skin-loving benefits. Add them to your moisturiser, serum or facial oil for a gradual olive-toned colour, while hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and cocoa seed extract work to keep skin feeling firm and moisturised. If needed, add a bit of extra shape and definition with your usual bronzer.

Available at: Boots.co.uk

Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Face

Best For: Lightweight Feel

Why We Love It: Some facial tans can feel heavy and sticky, but this ‘Blur’ formula from Vita Liberata is anything but. Combining the benefits of a skin tint, primer and tan in one, it does a bit of everything. Use it to build up the colour gradually – if you’re not happy, you can instantly wash it off with warm water. We love the smooth, even colour it gives and the added organic ingredients are bonus for keeping skin quenched, hydrated and fresh-looking.

Available at: Lookfantastic.co.uk

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