Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water
One of the first products to put self-tanning waters on the map, this pigment-infused mist spritzes skin with an even veil of hydrating coconut-enhanced colour. Designed to develop over four to six hours, it’s perfect for both the face and body, and comes in three colour-correcting shades (a rarity we appreciate): violet for a deep bronze, green for a medium golden tan, and peach for a luminous and light sun-kissed glow.
$38 at MECCA
Byron Bay Bronze Luxury Face Tan Water
A tanning water that doubles as soothing skincare (with cucumber extract and aloe vera in the mix), it’s all about creating a sun-kissed glow so beautifully believable that you’ll want to skip makeup altogether. It’s made from natural, organic ingredients, and also boasts an impressive ‘no orange/no odour’ status (which it does indeed deliver on). If it’s a natural tan you’re after (in both meanings of the word), this is the formula for you.
$32.95 at Byron Bay Bronze
Eco Tan Organic Face Tan Water
Another incredible bronzing blend featuring natural and organic ingredients, Eco Tan’s offering has long been hailed as the best in the business. It’s safe to say its stellar reputation has something to do with the fact that in addition to blessing skin with a perfectly golden gradual tan, it also features a little something for hydration (glycerine) and brightness (vitamin C) to guarantee luminosity in both the tan and tone departments.
$39.95 at Adore Beauty
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist
With this weightless mist, you’ll start spritzing for the bronze glow it promises (and provides), but keep applying for the tantalising tropical fragrance. Not only does it lack the dreaded tell-tale tanning scent, but it actually smells downright delightful (mandarin water, we’re looking at you). As for its skincare benefits, fear not; it does in fact hero hibiscus extract (an antioxidant-packed plumping hydrator).
$17.49 at Chemist Warehouse
Bali Body Face Tan Water
A soothing sun-free formula enhanced by hydrating jojoba oil and inflammation-easing rosewater, this option acts as an always-reliable shortcut to the subtle glow you’ve long been chasing. ‘Subtle’ is definitely the keyword here; don’t expect (or fear) anything too intense—you’ll want to top it up every two or three days to keep your colour consistent, too. Luckily, it feels as heavenly going on as it looks once it’s developed.
$29.95 at Bali Body
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