The Best Fake Tans to Keep You Bronzed All Winter

By Luke Chapman and Carly Cochrane - 1 year ago | Updated
best fake tans for winter

We love drowning in roll-neck jumpers, chilling in cosy socks and hiding under the duvet as much as the next person, but do you know what else we love? Being tanned throughout winter.

Whilst it may be too cold to have our skin out, there's something about being bronzed all-year-round that just hits different. Maintaining said bronzed bod isn't the easiest though, especially if the U.K. summer doesn't play the game. That being said, we like to take a trip to Costa del Faux Tan whenever we're looking (and feeling) a little pasty.

Yep, fake tan is well and truly our bestie throughout the winter months. Not only does it help keep our natural tan topped up, but it also adds a subtle warmth to our complexion and most importantly, makes us feel good!

If you're anything like us and pride yourself on a good tan, here are some of the best fake tans to keep you looking bronzed through Halloween, Christmas dinner and beyond.

Skinny Tan Mousse

Skinny Tan Mousse

£19.79

In just a couple of hours, this Skinny Tan body tanner imparts a gloriously golden tan. Made from 95% naturally-derived ingredients, the mousse is exceptionally long-lasting, delivering show-stopping colour for up to 14 days. And that’s not streaky, orange colour either, but rather a healthy, genuine-looking finish touched off with a pleasant coconut scent. We advise pairing it with one of our face tanners for a top-to-toe glow!

St Tropez Classic Bronzing Lotion

St Tropez Classic Bronzing Lotion

£24.95 £31.00 (20% off)

Sometimes you just have to stick to the classics. This is a beauty favourite for a reason as it is easy to apply, dries quickly and creates a beautiful bronzed look. It is also infused with vitamin E so deeply nourishes your skin.

Isle of Paradise Happy Tan Everyday Gradual Glow Lotion

Isle of Paradise Happy Tan Everyday Gradual Glow Lotion

£13.10 £14.95 (13% off)

We get that self-tanning in the winter may seem like a bit of a chore but the Isle of Paradise Happy Tan Everyday Gradual Glow Lotion makes the process a hell of a lot easier. The solution is ideal for both beginners and pros alike, as it delivers a gradual and buildable tan. Layer it up for a deeper finish or apply once for a light, golden colour that takes the edge off of pasty skin.

Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops

Balance Me Gradual Tanning Drops

£27.00

Balance Me’s Gradual Tanning Drops are a superbly nifty way of locking-in your winter-time tan. Not only are they streak- and odour-free, they also bring the key antioxidant vitamin E together with calming aloe vera to leave complexions as healthy as they are gorgeously bronzed.

Fenty Beauty Body Sauce Body Luminizing Tint

Fenty Beauty Body Sauce Body Luminizing Tint

£34.00 £40.00 (15% off)

From Halloween to thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year - there's a lot to celebrate throughout the winter months. Helping you stay glowy for all the festivities is this Body Sauce Luminizing Tint from Fenty Beauty. This body bronzer not only gives skin a warm, healthy colour, but also laces it with a hint of shimmer, making it perfect finishing touch for those glam, party looks.

Coola Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist

Coola Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist

£34.40 £43.00 (20% off)

So your passports might have been packed away for the year, but that doesn't stop you from flaunting sun-kissed skin. The Coola Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist will fool anyone into thinking you've been sunning in the tropics for the last two weeks. Spritz yourself golden as the spray laces skin with a dewy, healthy-looking radiance that lasts for up to three days.

TanOrganic Self Tan Mousse

TanOrganic Self Tan Mousse

£24.25

Natural colour is the name of the game for Tan Organic, who impart a healthy glow and citrus fragrance that feels wholly sun-given, as well as non-oily. What’s more, it lasts for four days, meaning that you never have to worry about irritating reapplications or committing to weeks of patchy colour.

TAN-LUXE The Face Illuminating Self Tan Drops

TAN-LUXE The Face Illuminating Self Tan Drops

£30.46

Getting a tan isn't as simple as just splashing some fake tan on your skin and hoping for the best. It's usually worth checking what shade best complements your skin tone. TAN-LUXE has just the potion for those that want their face and neck to match their body. The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops Medium/Dark can be added to your favourite serum or moisturiser for a streak-free, subtle and sunless bronzing.

Bondi Sands GLO Matte One Day Tan

Bondi Sands GLO Matte One Day Tan

£7.47

You've been invited to a Christmas 'do last minute and your legs haven't seen sunlight in months, don't panic! Bondi Sands GLO Matte One Day Tan is ideal for those emergency self-tan situations. The instant formula coats skin with a streak-free, high-coverage, sun-kissed colour that lasts just one day. It's the perfect temporary tan that saves pale pins from sticking out of your best party frock.

Sienna X Q10 Self Tan Tinted Mist

Sienna X Q10 Self Tan Tinted Mist

£15.98

Bring the professional salon spray tan to your bathroom with the Sienna X Q10 Self Tan Tinted Mist. A luxe blend of top quality DHA and hydrating ingredients deliver a natural-looking holiday tan in an instant. Not to mention the 360-degree spray nozzle makes it super easy to bronze hands, feet, and face, even when on-the-go!


With a line-up like this, there's really no reason for the tan-lovers among us to go without. So pick your favourite formula, slide on your mitt and get tanning!

Want to read about more of our favourite tanning products? Find out the best fake tans for your face and never go a moment without a glowing complexion. And, once you're ready to start afresh, check out our tan removers to get a prepped and primed base!

Luke Chapman

Written by Luke Chapman

After six years of experience in content writing, Luke followed his passion for male grooming, particularly fragrances, hair styling and natural skin care.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.

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