Faux tan products that do much, much more

Tone, tighten and even remove blackheads - this stuff does it all!

When I was a teen in the late 80s faux tan products barely existed.

And the ones that did were less than stellar. They smelled terrible. They rubbed off all over everything. Your sheets, your clothes, anyone who had the misfortune to brush up against you. On top of that they provided a tan that was less bronze beach babe and more freshly-picked carrot. All in all – not much chop.

Today though fake tan products have come a very long way. They are not only well-priced and beautifully scented, they provide a gorgeous golden sheen to the skin that lasts. Indeed, some of these products provide extra benefits such as hydration, exfoliation and even sun protection.

Like to learn more? Of course you do. Here, a quick look at the cream of the crop of the newest, most exciting faux glow buys.

Elyse Knowles
The beach babe that is Elyse Knowles. Golden and glowing. (Image: Instagram/@Elyse.knowles)

Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body, $66.

An anti-aging self tanner in the form of a single step pre-soaked towelette containing active vitamin D, micro-encapsulated DHA and soy proteins that delivers the colour deep into skin to prevent fading through surface exfoliation. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids exfoliate, tighten pores, eliminate blackheads and help fade existing sunspots for an even, streak-free glow.

Yes – it does ALL of that and more. We’re talking a beautiful, natural-looking tan while also transforming dull texture and tone into radiant, glowing skin.

Dr Dennis Gross
Self tanning towelette of genius! (Image: Supplied.)

endota Organics Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Instant Tanner, $45.

When it comes to organic and natural skincare, you can’t go past endota spa’s range of products.

The Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Instant Tanner gives you a beautiful natural bronze without the wait time, and it’s easily washable as well.

It will also moisturise your skin with a blend of oils and native extracts of organic aloe vera, soybean, shea & coconut butters.

endota organics

Luna Bronze Glow Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, $27.95.

If you’re going to apply a moisturiser then this one is a great choice. It’s all-natural, smells heavenly thanks to essential oils of mandarin, lemon myrtle and orange blossom and contains naturally-derived ingredients such as coconut, rose hip & jojoba.

It improves skin’s tone and texture and oh – it also provides a gorgeous golden glow. Sweet!

Luna Bronze
Luna Bronze – an excellent all-rounder. (Image: Supplied.)

James Read Gradual Tan H2O Tan Drops, $59.

These genius water-based tanning drops are designed to be added to your daily moisturiser, foundation or serum. True! All you need to do is drop a few in, mix them together and hey presto – you’ve got skincare with tan. Winning!

And those tanning drops pack a powerful punch. They are infused with a soothing blend of aloe vera and hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture, calm skin and also prevent streaks in your faux colour. It provides a gorgeous natural-looking colour that lasts for days. And, thanks to its awesome droplet formula you can customise the colour and intensity of your tan thanks to high-precision dosage and its gradual, buildable nature. 

James Read Tan
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