Historically, face tans leave a lot to be desired – it’s hard to gauge the right amount to use, easy to end up two shades darker than you intended, and let’s not even get started on streaks and dry patches… Added to that, if you’re prone to breakouts, face tanning is problematic on a whole other level – which is annoying because tan is a great way to cover up scarring and redness. But traditional face tans aren’t designed with skincare in mind, so the formulas can easily clog pores and cause irritation that leads to breakouts.
Face tanning has been a no-go for me for the past few years – I love the glow it gives for approximately 12 hours before the spots start to kick in and I end up regretting it for a week after. Fortunately, the latest developments in tanning technology have resulted in the launch of skin-friendly face tanners that won’t trigger a giant blemish. These hybrid products are also loaded with skincare benefits, so they actually do good while giving a radiant glow to your face.
Scroll down to meet our tried-and-tested favourites.
Isle of Paradise Hyglo Face Self-Tan Serum
A self-tan, skincare hybrid, this moisturises as it bronzes, resulting in a soft, healthy glow. Hyaluronic acid is the star ingredient, while avocado and chia seed oils help to soften skin and prevent streaks and patchiness. Apply it in place of your hydration serum 2-3 mornings a week and you won’t even notice the change in your routine.
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Face Mist
Packed with skincare goodness like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, this clear face mist is formulated with non-comedogenic (aka non-pore clogging) ingredients. It’s also effortless to use – just spray it on and within 4-8 hours you’ll have a golden glow. No blending required.
Tan-Luxe Super Glow
Perfect for maintaining a constant face tan without having to worry about the usual side-effects of layering product, this hyaluronic acid-based gel formula is as much a hydration serum as it is a face tan. It develops into a subtle, natural-looking colour while delivering a cocktail of moisturising and skin-protecting ingredients like glycerin and vitamin C.
Bali Body Face Tan Water
Bali Body’s face mist is vegan, cruelty-free, and won’t stain your pillowcase. In addition to a quick-developing tanning formula, it contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like jojoba oil and aloe vera. Spritz it on and watch your skin get gradually glowier – the colour is perfect (not too orange, and just the right shade of bronze).