The best gradual tan moisturisers

Melisha Kaur

Let’s face it: us Brits can’t rely on our indecisive weather for a decent tan, but a sunbed session and spray tanning aren’t the only quick fixes.

We've tried out 8 gradual tanning creams that will build up a natural-looking glow without a streak in sight.

1. St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 in 1 Lotion

With one product sold every 15 seconds, it’s safe to say that St Tropez is the top brand for sunless tanning. This lightweight moisturiser will not only build up your glow, but also contains Chronodyn to help your skin recover its firmness and tone.

£20, Look Fanstastic, Buy it now

2. Elemis Total Glow Self Tanning Cream

For those who long for a subtle glow, this rich and silky formula should do the trick. It’s created with Vegetan, which is naturally derived from wheat, to lightly develop an even tan, while extracts of Jojoba and exotic macadamia nut oil keep skin hydrated throughout the day.

£35, Elemis, Buy it now

3. L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan 24hr Moisturising Lotion

A lightly-fragranced cream, enriched with hydrating complex Hydralium, this oneis best suited to dry skin types. The formula intensely nourishes the skin to prevent signs of damage from dryness. With a small dose of soft-tan, it can be used once daily to build a natural-looking golden glow.

£6.99, Feel Unique, Buy it now

4. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning

A beauty award-winner, this fast-drying option is gentle enough to be used on the face and body. Its advanced tanning ingredients make it the perfect solution for when you need an instant glow and it also offers protection from free radicals. Reapply during the day to intensify colour.

£17.60, Escentual, Buy it now

5. Fake Bake Amplify Daily Gradual Tan Lotion

A blend of plant-based agents, this non-greasy formula is ideal for anyone wanting to take their tan to the next level. It works in three ways to gradually build a streak-free glow, perfect the look of your skin and intensify the colour and life of your tan.

£17.95, Superdrug, Buy it now

6. Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Body Skin Care

This fast-action cream is impressively comfortable on skin, making it perfect for tanning amateurs. Unlike most gradual tanners, it doesn’t leave a biscuity smell and works within a few hours to reveal a sun-kissed glow. It also dries super-quick, so you won’t need to wait around before getting dressed.

£78, Selfridges, Buy it now

7. James Read Gradual Tan for Body

Ideal for all skin tones, this fragrance-free treatment from self-tanning expert James Read will add a subtle bronze glow to your skin each time you use it. The luxurious formula is created with Co-Enzyme Q10 and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and illuminate.

£30, Look Fantastic, Buy it now

8. Lancôme Flash Bronzer Night Sun Gradual Tan

Facial tanners can be quite daunting, especially for those with dry skin, which is why Lancôme has designed a hydrating formula that will give your skin a golden glow within just an hour. It’s also super-easy to use – simply apply a pea-sized amount to your face. Wash hands thoroughly before continuing with the rest of your usual skincare routine.

£24, Feel Unique, Buy it now

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