Most of us use a little bit of self tanning lotion before a special event, but some people definitely take tanning to a whole new level. Whether it’s a night on the town or just a casual drink at your friend’s, these “bronze beauties” rarely leave the house without topping up their tan, and being their pal seems to involve endless trips to the salon to maintain that bronze glow.
Not that we blame them of course, the sun-kissed look is pretty rad and self tanning’s a great way to banish those winter blues. Buying presents for tan aficionados can be tricky though. Whether it’s your sister or your secret santa, there’s every chance that they’ll have a pre-established routine, as well as their pick of favourite tanning products.
Don’t panic just yet though! Intimidating as it might seem, a deep-dive into the world of tanning quickly turns up a selection of products that they won’t have come across – including a few options that could have been tailor-made for Xmas 2018.
To help you find these standout gifts, we’ve put together an edit that showcases our favourite tanning products. Fair warning: A lot of these products are Fake Bake, but there’s a good reason for that. Put plainly, Fake Bake are the best in the business, and their products are used in salons up and down the country. More importantly, their products are also extremely safe and tend to last 50% longer than comparable lotions. Need we say any more?
Fake Bake Original Self Tanning Lotion
Fake Bake’s flagship self tanning lotion is easy to overlook, but we think it makes for a pretty brilliant Christmas gift. Unlike competing products, it always goes on streak-free and its nice and safe too.
In fact, it works by using natural extracts like DHA, DMI and Erythrulose to enhance the natural pigment of your skin; giving a lovely golden tan without exposing you to excessive amounts of UV radiation, or turning your skin orange!
Better still, Fake Bake’s original self tanning lotion has an easy-glide formula that gives full and even coverage in a matter of minutes. It’s incredibly easy to use and it always yields salon-quality results. More importantly, it’s one of the few products that competes with a proper sun bed, and it’d be a serious upgrade for anyone that likes to self-tan from the comfort of their own home.
Fake Bake Golden Bronze Faux Glow Instant Tan Spray
Buying for someone impatient? This is your go-to tanning product. Unlike most self tanning products, it doesn’t have any development time, which means your recipient can just spray it on and walk straight out the door.
Now, you might be thinking that there must be some sort of trade off, but the truth is that this nifty little tanning spray is pretty flawless. It does a great job of covering up imperfections, it has a transfer resistant formula and it uses naturally-derived ingredients to actually create that sunkissed glow – so there are no safety worries whatsoever.
Plus, we think this is one of the easiest self tanning products we’ve ever tried. The spray bottle has a little nozzle that twists 360 degrees, allowing you to cover every bare inch of skin without contorting yourself like a pretzel. It goes on in a nice even coat too. In our eyes, it’s a must-have for any tanning addict.
Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan Liquid
The most frustrating thing about self-tanning? It can take hours for the colour to develop, and you’re never quite sure what kind of results you’ll get. Luckily, this innovative self-tanning liquid has been designed to tackle both issues head-on.
As the name promises, it yields a permanent tan in just 60 minutes (although you can leave it on longer to let the tan develop). Better yet, it uses advanced accelerants to develop the tan after you’ve washed it away, and its special, transfer resistant formula means that you never have to worry about staining your clothes.
Our favourite thing about this product is probably its flexibility. Rubbing it on in the evening, we found that our skin developed a gorgeous, sun-kissed glow in around an hour (or one episode of Bake Off) and you can top it up once or twice a week too, which makes it a great gift for anyone that likes to maintain a permanent tan.
Fake Bake Sport Unisex Daily Tan
Healthy and tanning aren’t often heard in the same sentence, but this lotion is proving to be a bit of a game changer. Combining natural tanning agents with ingredients like tyrosine and hyaluronic acid, it helps to tone, moisturise and tan your skin – all at the same time!
In our opinion, it is the perfect present for any health conscious tan-addict; it’ll cut down on UV exposure and actively improve the quality of their skin. It even contains green tea extract – a potent antioxidant that’s been shown to fight premature aging.
Oh and the best bit? It’s a daily lotion that can be used instead of their regular moisturiser, and it dries in seconds which is great if your tan-crazy friend is always on the go.
Fake Bake Fair Gradual Self Tan
A great choice for anyone with fair skin, this self-tanning lotion is another one-of-a kind product from Fake Bake. Unlike most treatments, it allows you to slowly build up to the colour you want, and it gives you the flexibility to create a tan that looks truly natural.
Like all Fake Bake products, it also comes with a handy colour guide, and the lotion itself is also enriched with antioxidants – providing full and even coverage, while protecting your skin from further damage.
We also loved how fast this product dried. Although it takes 6-8 hours for the lotion to set in and work its magic, it’s touch dry in minutes so you can still get on with your day. In short, it’s a must-buy for anyone on the fairer end of the spectrum and it’s also a great fit for the sort of bronze beauty that demands full control over the finished result.
Fake Bake Airbrush
Looking to really spoil someone this Christmas? Fake Bake’s Airbrush is one of those timeless classics that always goes down well. It’s much, much easier to apply than a lotion (you literally just spray it straight onto dry skin) and its formulated to give a perfect, even tan every time.
In fact, Airbrush always gives salon-quality results and it’s pretty much the last word in all over tanning. Sure, it takes 6-8 hours for the natural tanning agents to finish their work, but the end result is an unparalleled golden tan that’s free of any orange notes.
The spray bottle is easy to use too; producing a nice, fine mist which -when combined with unique “see where it goes” technology – means that you’re all but guaranteed full coverage.
Oil Free Moisturiser
Ok, so this one isn’t (strictly speaking) a tanning product, but it is an essential part of any bronze beauty’s tanning arsenal. Designed to moisturise without depositing any of the fats or oils that interfere with tanning products, this incredible little moisturiser makes pre-tan preparation an absolute breeze.
It’s also a fabulous pamper product in its own right; squeeze some out into the palm of your hand and the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s rich, beautifully scented and incredibly soft on the skin. Once it works its way in, you’ll also be thrilled to know that it is deeply moisturising and rich in antioxidants.
So, if you know someone who likes to take care of their skin before they tan, this really is the perfect product. In fact, it’s a pretty great product for anyone that cares about their skin – tan addict or not.
OPI Barefoot in Barcelona Nail Lacquer
Everyone overlooks the finishing touches, which is why this gorgeous lacquer is the perfect little present. First things first, it’s a stunning shade of nude that looks like its been designed to set off a golden tan, and it’s all but guaranteed to make those xmas selfies pop. Secondly, it’s an OPI product which means that it’s chip resistant and incredibly hard wearing.
As lacquers go, it’s also incredibly easy to apply. A single coat will leave you with a nice, even layer of varnish and the super pigmented formula means that you’ll always get an intense colour.
In short, it’s a bit like gifting someone with a salon quality manicure that’s designed to compliment their tan, except that they can apply it multiple times and from the comfort of their own bedroom. If you know someone who likes to go the whole nine yards, there really isn’t a better gift!