The Top 9 Tanning Oils to Boost Summer Skin

By Rebecca Jenkinson -
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Just because we can’t all head to the beach right now doesn’t mean we can’t get our tan on. Whether you’re sitting in the garden or want to fake it till you make it, a tanning oil helps you quickly achieve that glowy, sun-kissed look. But which ones should you add to your basket?

Here at Cosmetify, we've rounded up all the best tanning oils, including fake tans and tan enhancers, from classic must-haves to new industry favourites.

Keep in mind though, it’s crucial you still wear high SPF, especially when you're sitting in direct sunlight. This helps protect your precious skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as preventing premature skin ageing. Some tanning oils don’t contain any sun protection which means you'll have to add one in. And remember you need to top up throughout the day for continued skin protection – every 2 hours according to the experts!

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Oil

Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Oil

For those days when you need a little helping hand to get glowing, try out the ever-popular Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil. After gliding across the body, this formula leaves a deep bronze tan that lasts for up to a week. Not to mention, it feels great on the skin as it’s infused with super nourishing argan oil

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TAN-LUXE Sleep Oil Rejuvenating Miracle Tanning Oil

TAN-LUXE Sleep Oil Rejuvenating Miracle Tanning Oil

Can’t be bothered waiting for your tan to develop? Us neither. Tan in your sleep with this Rejuvenating Miracle Tanning Oil. It gets to work comforting your skin and building a believable tan while you get your beauty sleep. Better still, it provides a subtle glow thanks to the combo of vitamin B5, C and E.

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Skinny Tan Tan & Tone Oil

Skinny Tan Tan & Tone Oil

For a faux glow, Skinny Tan is you go-to. It creates a streak-free finish without that typical fake-tan smell. Infused with organic oils and gentle tanning agents, this oil helps top up your Summer tan or helps you add a natural-looking glow in an instant.

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Bali Body Watermelon Tanning Oil SPF15

Bali Body Watermelon Tanning Oil SPF15

Another way to add a sun-kissed touch to your skin is with tan enhancing oils. This one from Bali Body has a delicious tropical scent that transports you to your fave holiday spot. Packed with antioxidants and minerals, this formula nurtures the skin all while boosting your natural melanin production.

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Lancaster Sun Beauty Dry Oil Fast Tan Optimiser For Body SPF50

Lancaster Sun Beauty Dry Oil Fast Tan Optimiser For Body SPF50

For a tanning oil with high SPF protection take a look at the must-have Lancaster dry oil. With a non-greasy finish, this formula feels comfortable all over, while also helping your skin achieve a deeper sun-kissed effect using a reinforced tan activator complex.

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Alba Botanica Coconut Dry Tanning Oil SPF15

Alba Botanica Coconut Dry Tanning Oil SPF15

This oil ensures your skin feels moisturised, protected and silky smooth, all thanks to the blend of coconut oil, vitamin E and shea butter. And the tropical scent helps boost those summer feelings. Better still, it has biodegradable formula and is reef friendly!

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Nuxe Sun Tanning Oil Face & Body SPF30

Nuxe Sun Tanning Oil Face & Body SPF30

Protect your skin and perfect your tan all in one with this Nuxe face and body tanning oil. Again, it has a non-greasy feeling and feels comfortable on the body. Not to mention, that utterly delightful sweet citrus scent – perfect for those hazy summer days.

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Malibu Bronzing Tanning Oil SPF15

Malibu Bronzing Tanning Oil SPF15

This one is probably already in your collection, but it’s a high street favourite for a reason! The budget friendly price tag and the coconut fragrance is a winning combo. It instantly conjures up images of sitting on a beach sipping a piña colada – perfect!

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Piz Buin Tan & Protect Accelerating Oil Spray SPF15

Piz Buin Tan & Protect Accelerating Oil Spray SPF15

Another classic is of course Piz Buin. Their tan accelerating oil spray provides broad spectrum sun protection, while also helping boost your natural glow. It quickly absorbs into the skin and helps boots your skin's natural moisture.

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There you have it - the low down on tanning oils from fake tans to tan enhancers. And just because we like to treat you, we also have a guide to the best sunscreens for sensitive skin and how to apply fake tan like a pro.

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