Fact: it is possible to achieve a holiday glow without spending hours baking under the hot, Australian sun. Not only is it incredibly dangerous (melanoma is the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44), but it’s also time consuming… who has a spare couple of hours to lay out in the sun that anymore!? Instead, reach for a fake tan that’ll add a healthy-looking glow to your body; here are the ones you should keep on your top shelf…
If you’re strapped for time
You’ll get the most dramatic results with a mousse formula, as they’re packed with pigment for a rich, deep tan. Jbronze 1 Hour Rapid Tan Mousse is a green-based foam that’s really similar to the classic version, except it works impressively fast. For the most even-looking results, apply it in circular motions with a mitt (clean, moisturiser-free skin works best), then wash it off after an hour for an enviable golden glow.
If you’ve got dry skin
Cream or gel formulas are much more moisturising than their mousse or spritz counterparts, as they’re made with hydrating ingredients. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Gel is loaded with vitamin E to nourish skin, plus the non-greasy formula also completely dries in a matter of seconds, so you can get dressed afterwards without feeling sticky.
If you’re going for a dip
A water-resistant formula is the key to a believable glow that stays put, even when you’re gallivanting from beach party to poolside drinks. Pop on Rimmel London SunShimmer Instant Tan Matte Water Resistant all over for a coat of chocolatey colour that dries matte, lasts up to 24 hours and can be removed with soap and water.
If you’re a first timer
Dry oils spread easily on the skin, so it’s less likely you’ll end up with less-than-desirable streaks. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold is lightly tinted so you’ll notice results instantly and even after you wash it off, as the formula develops over two to three hours. Plus, the dry oil formula is made with argan and coconut oil, which means it’s quickly absorbed into the skin’s layers and you don’t have to wash it off afterwards.
If you’re in a rush
There’s no prep work required for instant formulas; simply spread it all over your body for an immediate result. With St. Tropez Gradual Everyday Tinted Body Lotion you’ll notice a sun-kissed effect straight away and days after, all thanks to its BB cream-like formula that’s packed with moisturising properties and DHA for long-lasting colour.
If you’re an expert
Tanning sprays should only be reserved for those with a steady hand, as they’re highly effective and dry almost immediately. When done well, they look just like a professional spray tan. Look no further than Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs; while technically not a fake tan (it’s more like makeup for your body), this coloured mist can cover imperfections, limbs and the abdomen in just a few strokes.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and previously in SHOP Til You Drop and Cosmopolitan.