For the past 8 years, I have been wearing fake tan on a regular basis. Over time, I have tried and tested a variety of different brands to figure out what product works for me. I have quite dry skin and always found that tan does not always go on very easily. I hate when tan looks too orangey, so I am constantly looking for the most natural looking tan, with the easiest application.
Here are my current favourite tanning products that I have used in the last 6 months (links below):
1. HeShi: This tan is absolute favourite tan. I use the liquid tan, but the product also comes in a gel and mousse. I find the liquid version works really well on my dry skin, as it is not too thick and is light in application. It is super easy to apply with a mitt and comes up very naturally. Like most of my tans, I usually apply this before I got to bed, and wash off the top layer in the morning. Unlike most tanning products, HeShi encourages you to exfoliate ahead of application, but does not recommend moisturizing before putting the product on. This tan also works very well on your face, if you are looking for both a face and body product.
This is not the easiest product to find in Ireland. It is available in most Boots (but not all) and in several pharmacies. However, for those who love shopping online, the product is available to order both on their website and on the Boots website (can be limited).
For the UK: This product can be bought in Boots, Superdrug, FeelUnique, Amazon. (Please note that the product is not available in all Boots/Superdrug stores, so it is best to check in advance with your local store).
For an on-going glow, put on a layer of tinted moisturizer daily, to keep the tan looking fresh and smoother for longer.
2. Bondi Sands: This product is also excellent! I have used their dark mousse for a few months now, and find it very easy to apply. For those who don’t like their tan too dark, keep the layers minimal on this product, as it can come up quite dark. Like HeShi, I would recommend putting on this product before bed, allowing it to come up over night, and rinsing off the top layer in the morning. However, with this product it is important that you have exfoliated AND moisturized before applying. This tan is also one of the few tanning products that actually smells NICE!
Warning: The one downsize to this product is that it is particularly bad for staining bed sheets, so I would recommend wearing long sleeve pyjamas after application,
This product is available in Boots, Superdrug and online on Pretty Little Thing, ASOS, Boots, Superdrug, FeelUnique, Amazon and BondiSands.co.uk
3. Bellamianta: This is one of the more recent products I have tried. I came across this product by chance before Christmas and decided to give it a go. It is similar in texture and application to Bondi Sands, and again works best when left to build over night. This tan also comes up quite dark, so keep the layers minimal if you don’t want to be too dark.
Other: I have also used Vita Liberata before, which many of my friends swear by. Available in Boots, Superdrug, John Lewis, Amazon and FeelUnique.
Tanning moisturisers: I have used Garnier Summer Body moisturising lotion for as long as I can remember, and it never lets me down. Rather than using it as a tinted moisturizer, I use it as a way of keeping my original tan. I generally will apply a layer of this every day for up to 5 days after I put on my original layer of tan (HeShi/Bondi/Bellamaniata.)
TIP: I often find when I wash my original layer of tan off the morning after application, a good bit of the tan can come off. If you put a layer or two of Garnier on directly after you get out of the shower, it can help bring up the original tan over the course of the day.
Mitts: Unless you are super fussy, any tanning mitt (within reason) will do the trick. I recommend Boots or Superdrug (if you are in the UK) as their mitts are always reliable, regardless of the brand.
Low-Price Drugstore Options: For those looking for a slightly cheaper alternative then Coco Brown and Rimmel’s Sun Shimmer self tan mousse are great drugstore options. Rimmel’s Sun Shimmer Instant tan (MATTE) is also great instant tanning fix.
For stockists: http://bellamianta.com/stockists
John Lewis: https://www.johnlewis.com/beauty/c50000296?rdr=1
House of Fraser: https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/beauty/01.0.0.0.0.0