Best tanning waters of 2021 for your face and body

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 (Isle of Paradise)
(Isle of Paradise)

There’s a new generation of fake tans in town making it easier than ever to get your best bottled bronze.

There was a time when fake tanning at home would equal orange sheets, streaky patches, telltale marks around your fingers and that distinctive biscuit smell - but no more.

Tanning waters are here to make the process more user-friendly than ever to create that faux glow. They appear transparent but are spritzed onto skin and develop in a few hours or overnight with impressive bronzing effects.

The lightweight formulas are not only easier, but they are also quicker, covering a greater surface area where all you need to do is buff into skin after with a mitt. Minimal effort required. They also are packed with hydrating and nourishing ingredients like coconut, avocado oil or even hyaluronic acid to leave your skin looking soft, smooth and tanned.

Whether you are an expert tanner or a novice in the art, these tanners are foolproof where you take each area of the body at a time to ensure you are thorough. The non-clogging product can be used on the face as well as body to get an all-over realistic coverage.

To maximise the results, exfoliate your skin beforehand to remove old tan or dead skin to give yourself a clean and even surface.

For a no-fuss golden glow, see our favourite tanning waters below.

Tanologist Self-Tan Water Medium

Founded by Lottie Tomlinson, this fake tan has become one of our go-to products for its effective and seamless results. You can choose between the three shades; light, medium and dark, opting for the one that most closely represents your skin tone. Spritz directly onto your skin for a quick fix as it only takes one to four hours to develop. It is quick drying and creates a beautiful and realistic colour.. It is packed with vitamins and can be used on both the face and body.

£13.99 | Superdrug

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Tan-Luxe The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water

Feel like a bronzed goddess without even needing to leave your home with this tanning water from Tan-Luxe. The clue is in the name, this is a luxury product that you spray and buff into your skin for that fresh-from-the-beach look in only two to four hours. This isn’t like your usual fake tan. It has a pleasant floral scent and is packed with the nourishing combination of raspberry oil, aloe vera and vitamin B,C, and E. It leaves a lovely subtle tint and bronze glow behind without streaks or clogging your pores.

£33 | lookfantastic

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water Medium

Isle of Paradise was designed to bring easy and seamless tanning to your home. The formula is both lightweight and super hydrating with coconut, chia seeds and avocado oils. There are three shades; light, medium and dark that work to even out skin tone, colour correct and reduce redness while tanning. The product is easy to apply and will not transfer onto your sheets or drip after a particularly sweaty gym session.​

£18.95 | Feel Unique

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St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Water Gel

Tanning specialist St Tropez has created this innovative gel to water formula that absorbs instantly into your skin without leaving behind a greasy or sticky residue. Super easy to apply, you just pump it onto skin for a long-lasting and believable tan that is a sort of middle ground between water and a mousse, if you’re still not convinced. While tanning, it provides 72 hours of hydration and has a lovely tropical scent.​

£33 | lookfantastic

James Read Self Tan Rose Glow Water Mist

Your skin will thank you for this. James Read’s Rose Glow Mist offers a refreshing cooling as you spritz it on to prep and prime skin and leave behind a natural-looking glow. The formula contains the skin-boosting combination of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, aloe vera and witch hazel. Use everyday over moisturiser or SPF for a pick-me-up that develops over a few hours. Top tip form the brand, keep in the fridge for added hydrating effects.

£18 | QVC

Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water

Developing over four to six hours, Vita Liberata has created this tan to do much more than just give you a healthy glow. It contains organic botanics that have anti-ageing effects so that you are nourishing your skin while tanning. The clear formula leaves no stains or transfer on your sheets or clothing and dries almost instantly onto your skin.

£25 | Selfridges

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Dior Bronze Liquid Sun Self-Tanning Water

For Dior’s answer to fake tanning, you know it’s going to be luxe. The French house has designed this milky formula to transform into a fine mist that gradually gets darker over a few hours for a natural finish. Acting as a thin veil, it works to nourish your skin and give it some much-needed moisture at the same time.​

£45 | Feel Unique

utan Coconut Tanning Water

Now considered a cult product, this lightweight tan from utan makes your skin look healthier with an even tan that doesn’t stain or transfer. Gradually building over four to six hours, it has a quick colour development. It contains the uplifting combination of aloe vera, vitamin E and coconut extracts.

£17.99 | Superdrug

Bali Body Face Tan Water

With nourishing jojoba oil and calming rosewater contained within this tan water, you get a natural and healthy complexion after just a few squeezes. While you may have steered away from fake tan on your face in the past, this product allows you to get an even and glowing coverage without clogging your pores. Apply onto a mitt or cotton wool pads - don’t make the mistake of using your hands.

£25.95 | Beauty Bay

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For one of the easier and most seamless applications, Tanologist Self-Tan Water Medium has won us over. It builds a gradual and realistic tan in only a few hours and really feels like it is nourishing your skin at the same time.

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