Best fake tan: the products that give you glowing skin

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Whether you’ve got sixty seconds, five minutes or the luxury of an entire evening, it pays to find products that fit into your schedule. 

Our skin has been acting up more than usual in lockdown and the desire to have glowing, radiant skin is more relevant than ever.

Factors like vitamin D levels and stress could be taking their toll, leaving skin looking dull and tired. Enter, fake tan.

But, when you think of fake tan, it’s almost always attached to the idea of it being time consuming. Whether you’re looking for an easy, quick face tan like Tan Luxe’s Face Drops, £35, or a full and complete tan overhaul like Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Mouse, £19.95, there’s a tan that convenient for you.

Stylist has filtered through the masses of tan products to bring you the best ones that works for however long you have. 

When you have… 30 seconds

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, £20

Snoozed your alarm one too many times? We hear you. But you can still perk up your tired skin quickly and easily with Clarin’s innovative booster formula. With a dropper-style applicator and buffer just add two drops into your moisturiser for a South-of-France glow. Or go add six to for a deeper, rich glow.

£20, Feel Unique

When you have… 1 minute

St.Tropez Gradual Tan One Minute Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse, £13

Just before you jump in the shower apply this light and spreadable foam to dry skin and wait for one minute – if you can’t spare it, brush your teeth to pass the time – then hop in and rinse off after 60 seconds (or wait for five if you want to go deeper). With a subtle sheen at first it will gradually develop into a golden glow that will deepen when repeated daily. 

£13, Beauty Bay

When you have… 5 minutes

Clinique Body Tinted Lotion Light/Medium, £22

Glides on smoothly and without streaks to give you an instant, non-muddy glow you’d never guess came out of a bottle. Then, as you go about your business, the convincing guide colour develops over eight hours into a blemish-blurring, just-back-from-St-Barts shade. 

£22, House of Fraser

When you have… 4 hours

Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid, £20

Like Tinder dates and the England football team, a lot of tans can be disappointing. They may promise zero transfer but you end up with a t-shirt or bedsheets that look more than a little grubby. This beauty actually delivers. The result: you can go out in a white tee with a delicious natural guide cover without smelling like a Hobnob post-application. Then while you waft about your day with the delicious coconut scent your tan will develop in 4-6 hours. 

£20, Fake Bake

When you have… overnight

James Reed Sleep Mask Tan Body, £7.50

Apply before bed and wake up with healthy, brighter, more radiant skin. Enriched with moisturising ingredients this hydrating, glow-giving gel glides on so smoothly you barely need to buff before slipping into your pyjamas. Sweet dreams. 

£7.50, Skin City

When you have… a few days

Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion, £3.15

Despite its affordable price tag, this gives an expensive-looking glow you’d expect from something far pricier. The colour after one swift application is on the subtle side of golden, building to deep caramel as you layer day after day. The best part? It smells like holiday? Apply it a few days before you jet off to get in holiday mode as soon as you put your OOO on.

£3.15, Superdrug

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