It’s summer (apparently) and so the fake tan comes out. If you’re looking for a cruelty-free fake tan to suit all budgets, this is the one for you. This post is for the pastiest of the pasty people – I’d recommend going for the darker shades in any of the ones featured below if you’re not an actual ghost.
These are all in their lightest versions – I’m talking about three foundation shades darker here, nothing more. That might sound like nothing at all, but it is when your previous foundation was the lightest shade available.
Prepping your skin is the first step to a beautiful glow – without exfoliating you are going to look patchy. My favourite cruelty-free exfoliator is the obnoxious shimmer one from Frank Body. If you’re into doing it, I’d also recommend removing any body hair you may have to further avoid patchiness. My favourite razor is from Friction Free Shaving (use this link for 30% off your first one!)
I would also highly recommend using a mitt with all of these, unless you want orange hands. And I know you don’t. Also important to note: fake tan doesn’t protect you from the sun. Always use an SPF!
I’m also lazy and never bother to wash it off after so many hours, it gets left on overnight or not at all. I’ve never had a problem with any of these going too dark by doing so.
Eco by Sonya Winter Skin
The first one I tried out and the one I’d probably still be using if it wasn’t so expensive. This states that it will build a natural honey complexion in days. Use it over a few consecutive days and you’ve got a believable glow. The cons to this is that it stains your sheets and has that biscuit smell. I can look past it – the lady can’t. This also sinks in really fast so I can hop straight into bed, though it doesn’t come with a guide colour. With that said, I’ve somehow managed to never go patchy or streaky with it. Despite the biscuits and the transfer, this is my favourite out of the bunch.
You can purchase this tan from Love Lula.
Autograph Gradual Tan Light to Medium
Probably the best smelling out of the three, though this comes with no guide colour and you have to be careful with it. This one is really easy to get patchy, but if you do manage to get it right then it’s a beautiful golden colour. It sinks in pretty fast so you can go about your day. This one does come off on the sheets a little, but nothing like the Eco by Sonya (I think I just need to invest in some sheets that aren’t light…)
You can purchase this tan from M&S.
Solait Tinted Bronzing Lotion Medium
A Superdrug own brand number, retailing at just £4.99. This doesn’t have the typical biscuit smell but the scent isn’t anything to write home about. I appreciate the guide colour on this one, though it does take about ten minutes to sink in completely. I really don’t recommend applying this on two consecutive days because it does go orange on me. With that said, one application will last for a few days, so if you don’t like how dark this is after the first application I’d try out the darker one instead. This one doesn’t rub off on the sheets either – finally!
You can purchase this tan from Superdrug.
What’s your favourite cruelty-free fake tan?