PSA: These are the 8 Best Gradual Tanners We’re Putting in our Carts in 2021

At Adore Beauty, we’re all about SPF and not getting burnt by the (pretty unforgiving) Australian sun.

That’s why we’d much rather recommend a natural looking, but otherwise fake self tanner, if you’re inclined to get your glow on in the warmer months. 

These gradual tanning lotions for face and body moisturise the skin and subtly and work to build up a natural looking tan in the process.

So, if you want to sport a summer glow this season, these are the best gradual self tanners Australia wide. 

If you need a little help in finding which fake tan shade is right for you, be sure to check out our guide How To Find Your Fake Tan Shade.

You can also check out Hannah's fake tan hacks and her tips on how to apply fake tan in the video below

Gradual self tanner tips:

  • Exfoliate the skin before application

  • Apply gradual tanner onto small sections, in circular motions

  • Make sure to buff in the gradual tanner all the way to avoid streaking

  • Wash any residue from your (very absorbent) hands

  • Repeat everyday until you achieve the level of warmth you desire

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Now here's the 8 best gradual self tanners

Eco Tan Organic Winter Skin is a nourishing gradual tanner that’s designed to hydrate and smooth skin, but it will also impart a natural bronze to the skin, so you can look sun-kissed no matter the time of year. Aloe Vera and Chamomile work simultaneously to calm any irritation caused by dryness, while Cacao protects the skin from environmental aggressors. Suitable for fair-to-medium skin tones, this self-tanner can be built up in coverage with consistent use.

The Loving Tan Deluxe Gradual Tan - Medium is the best gradual self tanner if you want a foolproof experience and a streak-free and flawless result. This gradual tanner has a lightweight texture that blends seamlessly into the skin, looking completely natural from day one. Enriched with Acai Berry, this gradual tan moisturiser helps protect your skin from colour-fading environmental aggressors, while Coffee Seed Extracts revitalise tired and lacklustre skin. It also provides an advanced colour guide and can be used to prolong an existing tan or deliver an instant boost.

The KORA Organics Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion uses naturally derived ingredients to deliver a realistic and radiant tan. This deeply moisturising body cream can be used daily; its non-sticky and fast-absorbing formulation is an easy addition to your body care routine. This gradual tanner is infused with a natural colourant derived from sugar, as well as other nourishing ingredients like Rosehip oil and Sea Buckthorn oil. It’s the best gradual fake tan for those who love clean beauty and look for naturally derived ingredients.

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion is a 2-in-1 moisturiser and gradual tanner developed with dry, sensitive, and mature skin types in mind. Perfect for use on both the face and the body, this lotion blends seamlessly into the skin without accentuating fine lines, wrinkles, or pigmentation. This luxe tanner also contains Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Raspberry Seed Extracts, which add an instant moisture surge and locks in hydration from day to night. Skin is left with a smooth and hydrated feel, plus a healthy, radiant glow.

Suitable for use on both the face and the body, the Thalgo Self-Tanning Cream instantly instils a gorgeous, sun-kissed bronze tone and will maintain a natural-looking colour with regular application. This rich tanning lotion imparts a luminous glow to the skin for the ultimate summery look. The unique cream-gel formula of this gradual tanner is suitable for all skin types and skill levels. This foolproof formulation ensures a streak-free finish every time and can be built up to maximise the intensity. We recommend applying this gradual tanner every 2 to 3 days.

The Eco Tan Organic Face Tan Water has been carefully developed to tackle the unique needs of your skin while imparting a fresh, natural-looking summer tan. With its non-comedogenic and vegan formula, this lightweight self-tanner blends effortlessly into the skin for a natural finish without clogging pores. This gradual tanner allows you to build up the perfect tan that’s tailored to your personal taste. By imparting a natural-looking glow, this tanner leaves skin looking fresh, healthy, and sun-kissed all year round.

The Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Sunless Glow is an illuminating, tinted primer that imparts a gradual tan. Combining their best selling Beauty Blur and their famous gradual tanning formula, Vita Liberata have formulated a knockout product that has the best of both worlds. This 3-in-1 primer gives sheer coverage, hydration with Hyaluronic acid, and a sustained glow after you wash it off. It’s the ideal multitasking beauty product for those on the go. We dub this one the best gradual tan moisturiser for face - by far,

The Tuscan Tan Tinted Tan Extender is designed to extend the life of your tan while imparting a subtle glow. It works best with Tuscan Tan’s other product to sustain a streak free finish, containing MultiBase Bronzers that combine all undertones in order to blend with your natural skin tone. Mica Minerals impart a subtle sheen that makes this a glowy go-to product if you’re partial to looking luminous. This gorgeous tan extender helps you maintain a fresh fake tan all summer long.

Brand and product inclusions are at the sole discretion of Adore Beauty. We do not seek or accept payment from brands or individuals listed in our guides.

This article has been updated on 15/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Gemma from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.

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