Being born the same shade as a whiteboard is a blessing and a curse, but mostly an enormous curse. Fortunately, the good people behind various beauty brands across the country have developed an infinite range of self-tanning products that can help you leave that pale ivory skin tone of yours in yesteryear, or at the very least yesterspring. But like all beauty products, some will change your life, and some are shithouse, which is why we’ve done all the testing for you so, so you can be confident you won’t step out to brunch looking the same colour as an egg yolk.
Here are this season’s best fake tanning products.
Sukin Sunless Bronzing Gel
If you tend to get a little antsy rubbing dihydroxyacetone on your body (an evil tanning agent), then sink your limbs into this good stuff. Free from all the nasties you’d usually find in at-home tanning products, the Sunless Bronzing Gel is full to the brim with aloe vera, Australian lemon myrtle and lime oils. So, this stuff not only leaves your skin looking sheer and streak-free, but it hydrates it at the same time. Oh, Sukin Sunless Bronzing Gel—thank you frem.
James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm
This UK-based brand has finally touched down in Oz and is packing the shelves of your local MECCA outlet right about now. While the James Read brand has been around for over sixteen years, their newest Coconut Melting Tanning Balm has got everybody going full nutso for its natural-looking results. The ultra-nourishing, mega-skin-softening self-tanning balm is packed with organic ingredients that’ll have your entire body feeling like a baby’s bum overnight, plus you’ll also be left with a subtle golden glow that’ll have those pins of yours absolutely poppin’!
Byron Bay Tan Self-tan Foam
Hailing from our very own Byron Bay, this little boutique self-tan brand has made a name for itself on the skincare market thanks to its 100% natural and vegan recipe, packed with organic ingredients like Kakadu plum oil. The best part about this nasties-free tanning product is that it doesn’t smell! So you can stop giving your friends elaborate excuses about ‘trying a new organic fragrance at Myer’ and embrace a deep, natural tan that lasts for yonks and doesn’t go patchy right before a job interview. The Byron Bay Tan Foam works well for all skin tones and skin types—bonza!
Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Foam
Hoards of pale women across the country absolutely swear by the Bondi Sands self-tanning Foam (just look at the 231 5-star reviews here). This one’s an absolute winner if you’re someone who likes to claim your fake tan is natural to the point where you forget that it’s not because it’s light, looks so damn good and smells like a fancy moisturizer. The Bondi Sands self-tanning Foam is hella easy to apply (tick!), enriched with aloe vera and coconut (tick!) and is completely streak-free (tick tick!!). This bad boy comes in light-medium, dark and ultra dark.
Wotnot COSMOS Certified Organic Self-Tanning Lotion
To begin with, Wotnot has a ripper promise of including “100% wot’s good, 0% wot’s not” in their self-tanning products and stand firm with their claim that they’re the most natural self-tanning lotion in the entire country. The self-tanning lotion itself is a clear cream that glides on easily and produces a natural-looking golden tan. You’ll be stoked to know that the product is toxin-free, and then absolutely floored to find out that $1 from every sale of the lotion from their website will be donated to the Women’s Community Shelters Australia.
Better get that tan ready there's a Floating Bar poppin' up on the Yarra this summer.
Image credit: Jason Briscoe