The best streak-free, flawless tanning solutions for sensitive skin
Glow hard or go home
Content Producer / February 21 2024
If you’re anything like us, you believe that a golden-bronze glow is the ultimate accessory to any look.
However, for those with sensitive skin, just the thought of slathering a bunch of unknown chemicals all over our bodies is enough to send us running for the hills, covered in angry red hives. Because unfortunately, many traditional tanning products aren’t designed for sensitive skin.
But fear not, our fellow sensitive skin friends, for we have scoured the market for the best tanning products designed specifically for you. Gone are the days of worrying about irritation, redness and breakouts. All you need to worry about now is choosing the perfect outfit to go with that glow.
Eco Tan Organic Face Tan Water
This vegan, non-comedogenic gradual self tanner contains no nasties, making it a winner for sensitive, more oily and blemish-prone skin. But regardless of your skin type, you can count on this formula to give your face the best possible glow. The hard-working formula also reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enhances skin tone.
$39.95 at Adore Beauty
Sisley Paris Self Tanning Hydrating Body Skin Care
You’ve probably heard the hype around Sisley’s skincare products (we’re huge fans). But did you know the brand’s tanning products are just as fab? This one’s a bit more on the expensive side, but it’s worth the splurge. The superstar ingredient found in this product is macadamia oil. Macadamia oil is known for its nourishing and soothing properties that help maintain the hydration and suppleness of the body’s skin while making your radiant glow last even longer.
$165 at Sisley Paris
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse
Think a lightweight, natural mousse that still delivers an amazing streak-free tan is too good to be true? Think again. This instant tanning mousse gives you a natural, healthy-looking glow that lasts for days. It’s free of harmful and skin-irritating ingredients like sulphates, parabens and phthalates - and it’s ultra hydrating. Our favourite thing of all though? It doesn’t have that nasty self-tan smell, so nobody will know you’re even wearing it (and your nostrils will thank you).
$51.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Tan-Luxe The Body Self Tanner
While this little guy looks like a regular everyday tanning product, it’s anything but. By adding just a few drops of this miracle liquid into your usual body cream, oil or body lotion, you can create a glowing, sun-kissed tan that’ll trick people into thinking you’ve just spent two weeks in Hawaii.
$78 at The Iconic
Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse
If you’re looking for a natural, professional-strength tanning lotion, we’d recommend getting your hands on this baby. Made by tan lovers for tan lovers, it gives you a natural-looking tan within minutes (which then develops into a deeper tan in just eight hours). Using advanced colour-guide technology that guarantees a streak-free application, you can go about your day knowing your tan looks 100% natural (without the harmful UV exposure).
$34.95 at Adore Beauty
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Sun-Kissed Face Primer
Makeup-free day? Your face will sparkle with this beauty. It’s a primer and self-tanner in one and is used to fill pores, hydrate the skin, minimise fine lines, and smooth skin - all while giving you a beautiful subtle colour that builds all day long. It’s paraben and sulphate free, making it great for beauty queens with sensitive complexions.
$57 at Sephora
Bali Body Bronzing Serum
If there’s a better combo than skincare and self-tan, it’s news to us. This skincare-infused serum hydrates while adding a warm bronzed tint to your complexion. Simply add a drop to your daily moisturiser, wear it under foundation, or apply alone for a youthful, glowing finish anytime, anywhere. It’s also enriched with plenty of anti-ageing ingredients and a blend of nourishing oils for the best possible skin health.
$29.95 at Chemist Warehouse
Ohh My Glo Medium/Dark Tan Mousse - Green Base
Yes the word ‘dark’ does live in this tan, but as fair folk we must not quiver in fear at the word. So why are we so sure that this (green-based) tan has been developed to not turn us into Shrek? Because the founder herself is a part of the fellow (redheaded) pale club. And so we’d put all our alabaster trust in the development of this Aussie-made, all natural tan. We’re not sure about you but our pasty skin often errs to the side of unsightly red. Yep, we know it’s a look. So finding a green-based tan that counteracts the redness is a big plus in our eyes. And that’s not even mentioning all the skin-loving ingredients loaded into the blend!
$24.95 at Ohh My Glo
Tiarne is BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer. Between crafting narratives about all things beauty, you might catch her indulging in an endless stream of TikTok videos and obsessing over her dog. Her words have also appeared across other mastheads such as Better Homes & Gardens, New Idea, Now To Love, Bounty Parents and more.