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5 Game-changing Self-tanners to Get You Set for Summer

It’s that most-dreaded time of year when you’re preparing to surrender tights and bare your sun-starved skin for all to balk at. We’re all in the same boat – lizard-esque and slightly sickly – which is why we’ve curated this edit of self tanning products to make skin look less ghostly…

Revolutionising the tanning industry, TAN-LUXE’s mystifying {The Water} is a magical, spray-on ‘water’ that’s completely clear and infused with natural tanning agents to create a gorgeous, post-holiday glow. You simply spritz, blend and go with no waiting around for your body to ‘air dry’. It’s the easiest way to look bronzed when you’re busy…

A bronzing powder with a difference, Vita Liberata’s {Trystal Minerals} lends face (and limbs) an instant and long-lasting glow. Enriched with DHA, this gives a gorgeous sunkissed look while slowly staining (in the best way!) so your tan stays put – even after you’ve taken the day off. Want to see it in action? Click {here}…

Is it an oil? Is it an SPF? Is it a tanner? Well, it’s actually all three. Miraculous as that may seem, Vita Liberata’s {Marula Self Tanning Dry Oil SPF 50} marries skin care, sun care and aesthetic benefits to hydrate and protect while leaving your skin enviably honeyed. The most ingenious elixir, it’s delectably scented – ideal if you’re jetting off somewhere exotic.

Charlotte Tilbury’s game-changing {Overnight Bronze and Glow Mask} – before and after, above – boasts a cocktail of replenishing ingredients – conditioning blackcurrant and sunflower seed oils, soothing oat kernel extract and retexturising lactic acid – alongside gradual tanning actives to bestow a kiss of colour. Slather on before bed (it won’t stain your pillow) and wake up looking luminous.

And for a tan that actually tackles signs of ageing, TAN-LUXE’s {The Face Anti-Age} grants the best of both worlds. These pure, intensive drops can be mixed with your favourite day or night cream, to ensure a streak-free (completely customisable) lustre. Beautifully olive-toned and brimming with free radical-fighting actives, choose from two shades and get your glow on!

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Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…