Found: The Perfect Gradual Tanner for Your Skin Type
Just like nude nail polish and red lipstick, finding the perfect tanner for your individual skin type and tone can be tricky. Not only does finding the right intensity of bronze take some trial and error, there's also the formulation to consider. Too rich? You can expect streaks as a result. Too drying? We predict a patchy tan. If you're yet to discover your own brand of foolproof self-tan, consider starting with a gradual formula first. Not only is there more leeway for mistakes (it's harder to see missed spots when the contrast in your skin tone and the tan isn't as strong), the formula can be easily deepened by layering the formula. Still, even gradual tanners come in different strengths, so in the interest of public service we've listed our favourites in order of intensity.
Keep scrolling for the perfect gradual tanner for your skin type.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion ($40)
This unique in-shower bronzing lotion delivers a hint of tan, making it a top pick for fairer skin types. Perfect for travel (there's no need for an application mitt as you apply in the shower), it's also great for keeping an existing tan topped up.
Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster Body ($48)
A completely custom take on tanning, this potent serum is designed to be added to your favourite lotion or body butter for a DIY gradual moisturiser. Try four drops per dose of lotion for light colour, or go for six if you're after extra glow.
Kate Somerville Somerville360 Body Self Tan Towelettes ($71)
Possibly the easiest tanning solution on the market, these towelettes come pre-dosed with bronzing solution. (To apply, all you need to do is sweep one over your skin.) Not technically a gradual formula, the colour sits at the lighter end of the scale but you can double-dose for a deeper result.
Dr Dennis Gross Glotion Alpha Beta Body Moisturiser ($57)
This stuff not only adds a hint of sun-kissed colour, it delivers some serious beauty benefits too. Made with caffeine, a temporary cellulite-buster, and anti-ageing exfoliant lactic acid, it leaves skin in better condition with every application.
An oldie and a goodie, this drugstore buy gives really good colour for the price. Best for medium to dark skin tones, it turns dull skin radiant overnight. The most affordable product on this list, it's an economical way of keeping a spray tan looking fresh in-between appointments.
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