The new tan technologies blowing our tiny minds right now

Our year-round quest for golden-hued limbs has forced fake-tan brands to seriously up their game. So, which ground-breaking formula will put your pasty in the past? We’ve seen the future and it’s glowy…

The tan primer

Sienna X Secret Tan Primer, £9

The key to savvy tan prep? Tackle dry areas (elbows, wrists, ankles and knees) with a moisturiser that won’t affect how your tan develops. Film-forming ingredients stop DHA (that’s the tanning agent) from reacting with your skin’s amino acids – a necessary process in order for fake tan to take. Sienna X has nailed it with this little pot of primer. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t interfere with your incoming tan, phew!

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The one-minute wonder

St.Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning mousse, £14.50

Quite a claim, huh? If you prefer a subtle glow and hate that tacky feeling of leave-on tan, stop here. Simply smother on before your shower (we recommend using a mitt) and wash it straight off again (well, a minute later). Repeat for a few days to intensify your tan, but rest assured you’ll never look overcooked. We’re also crushing over St Tropez’ new Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist, £22 - a refreshing face mist that can be spritzed over make-up and develops into a sun kissed glow four-to-eight hours later.

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The coconut oil

James Read Coconut Dry Oil Tan, £25

When pampering and tanning collide, ‘tis a thing of beauty. This non-greasy, fast-absorbing oil fixes parched skin and develops into a golden glow that lasts the best part of a week. And if that wasn’t enough, it also creates a protective barrier on the skin, knocking back environmental nasties that can lead to premature ageing.  

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The violet-tinted mousse

Isle Of Paradise Dark Self-Tanning Mousse, £19.99

Founded by red carpet tanner, Jules Von Hep, this range boasts a never-before-seen colour correcting technology. The mousse’s violet tint counteracts any orange or yellow tones in the skin, producing a darker-than-your-average tan. Clever.

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The overnighter

Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil, £34

These before-bed face drops contain a plethora of nourishing oils (the much-loved likes of raspberry seed, Argan and jojoba). It blends like a pampering product, contains DHA with ecocert approval and has you rising from your pillow resembling a sun-kissed goddess. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s also legit skincare with beauty benefits, so…

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