The Top 10 Tanning Oils to Boost Summer Skin

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 2 years ago | Updated
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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 body protection, 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 Everyday Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Oil

Bondi Sands Everyday Liquid Gold Gradual Tanning Oil

£12.92 £14.95 (14% off)

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.

TAN-LUXE Sleep Oil Rejuvenating Miracle Tanning Oil

TAN-LUXE Sleep Oil Rejuvenating Miracle Tanning Oil

£39.17 £40.00 (3% off)

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.

Nuxe Sun Tanning Oil For Face & Body SPF 10

Nuxe Sun Tanning Oil For Face & Body SPF 10

£17.92 £21.00 (15% off)

Protect your skin and perfect your face 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.

Cocoa Brown Perfect Fade Self Tan Oil

Cocoa Brown Perfect Fade Self Tan Oil

£8.29

Meet the fast-drying, fast-developing tanning oil that intensely moisturises and hydrates skin. Super-easy to use, it gives you a gorgeous natural colour that fades gradually, just like a real tan.

Bellamianta Tanning Liquid

Bellamianta Tanning Liquid

£18.33

Another classic comes from Bellamianta. Their Tanning Liquid is a fake tan-skincare hybrid that not only provides a beautiful bronzing but also boosts your natural glow. The lightweight, nourishing oil absorbs easily, hydrates the skin and leaves you with a rich and deep, natural-looking tan.

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Oil Mist

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Oil Mist

£19.96 £21.95 (10% off)

This one is probably already in your collection, but it’s a fan-favourite for a reason! The formula features a winning cocktail of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, squalane plus a vitamin rich sea kelp base. When shaken, these powerful actives combine with 7 nourishing oils including argan, grape seed and avocado. When spritzed over skin, you are guaranteed a streamlined, streak-free, full-body bronzing in under two minutes.

Lancaster Sun 365 Gradual Self Tan Self Tanning Oil Body

Lancaster Sun 365 Gradual Self Tan Self Tanning Oil Body

£13.95 £14.45 (4% off)

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.

Swiss Clinic Self-Tan Drops

Swiss Clinic Self-Tan Drops

£46.55 £49.00 (5% off)

Keep your complexion sun-kissed all year round with these self-tan drops from Swiss Clinic. Ideal for mixing with any day cream or sun protection, these drops deliver an even, natural-looking tan that lasts.

Sienna X Sleep Gradual Tanning Drops

Sienna X Sleep Gradual Tanning Drops

£12.40 £16.99 (28% off)

For an effortless faux glow, make Sienna X your go-to. These concentrated gradual tanning drops do all the hard work as they bronze up skin while you sleep. A unique blend of organic coconut oil, avocado oil and meadowfoam oil help to prolong moisture as well as boost collagen and reduce the signs of ageing.

Bali Body Watermelon Tanning Oil SPF 15

Bali Body Watermelon Tanning Oil SPF 15

£18.95

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.

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.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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