Instant Self Tanners For Summer

We all want a luscious summery bronze glow but minus the harmful UV rays that it takes to achieve it. With so many great non-streaking and anti-orange self tanners out there these days, you no longer have to fry yourself like a sausage and sizzle in the heat to get the tan you want.

Instant self tanners are great for when you need that sun-kissed look quickly and because you can see exactly where the colour is being applied  it helps to avoid any streaky mishaps. They’re also perfect for those of us who just don’t have the patience for a gradual tanner to take its course. We don’t want to wait 48-72 hours.  We want to be tanned and we want it now!

Here are our top 3 picks of the best instant tanners to get your Summer glow on!

1. Bondi Sands

Bondi Sands has fast become one of Australia’s most loved tanning brands. . Their products are enriched with Aloe Vera, Argan Oil, Vitamin E and the summery scent of Coconuts.  From instant and wash off foams, to lotions, mists and dry oils, there is something to suit everyone! Best of all you can see the product glide on as you apply it which helps you to build up the colour as you go. 

Top Product Picks..

Liquid Gold – Self Tanning Dry Oil

This Argan Oil infused, liquid heaven develops over 2-3 hours, requires no washing off and lasts up to a week!

Liquid Gold

Self Tanning Foam

Lightweight, easy to apply and streak-free! We love that there are 3 colour options to choose from; light/medium, dark and the new ultra dark.  This foam can be washed off with warm water after an hour but for a richer and longer lasting tan leave it on for up to 6 hours before washing. For deeper colour results apply another layer 30 minutes after the first.

Bondi Sands


2. St. Tropez

Whether you’re after a sun-kissed glow or a deep, rich cocoa tan, St.Tropez has products to suit everyone and every skin tone. Loved by beauty professionals, celebrities and  beauty editors worldwide and with a myriad of awards under its bronzed belt it’s little wonder that St.Tropez is one of Australia’s most renowned tanning brands!

Top Product Picks..

Express Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

This bronzing mousse formulation gives you full control over the depth of colour you want to achieve. With fast acting ingredients that absorb into the skin and advanced shade technology, it’s up to you how light or dark you want to be! Once you have showered, your skin will be left with a light colour but will continue to develop and deepen as the hours pass.

For a light tan – shower after 1 hour.

For a medium tan- shower after 2 hours.

For a dark tan- shower after 3 hours.

Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Instant Face and Body Tanning Lotion

Ideal for an instant and natural looking golden glow that lasts up to 24 hours. This tanning lotion is so simple to use and glides on for a streak-free finish. It’s also transfer resistant which means no product will make its way onto your clothes! But just make sure to wait a few minutes for the tan to dry before getting dressed.

Available in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.


St Tropez Shop

3. ModelCo

One of Australia’s most iconic beauty brands, ModelCo delivers award-winning beauty, self-tanning and skin-care products.  Their tanning range includes gradual and instant products in the form of lotions and mousses. ModelCo also provides the ultimate tanning accessories in the form of tanning mitts and gloves, a self-tan back applicator, tan remover and exfoliating wipes to get your skin primed and ready to become a bronzed God or Goddess!

Top Product Picks..

Instant Tan Self Tan Lotion
ModelCo’s self tanning lotion delivers instant colour which deepens over 4-6 hours. Infused with Argan Oil and Aloe Vera and with the hydrating effects of Shea butter, Vitamin E and Cocoa butter your skin will be nourished with moisture, feeling smooth and looking radiant all night long.  Plus it has a delicious coconut scent to make you feel those Summer vibes. Especially perfect for those with sensitive, dry or mature aged skin, this creamy lotion is guaranteed to give you just the golden glowing hit your skin needs!

Available in  Medium and Dark.

One Hour Tan

ModelCo’s One Hour Tan is another outstanding formulation that allows you to choose how deep a shade of cocoa brown you want your tan to be! Quick drying and enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to keep your skin velvety smooth, the One Hour Tan will leave your body with a light golden glow after showering and will develop and deepen over 24 hours.  The tan will last you around one week with daily moisturising and some skin TLC.

For those who want to be sun-kissed – wash after 1 hour

For those who want to be kissed twice by the sun- wash after 2 hours

For those who like their tan to be rich and deep- was after 3 hours

And for those who just want to watch the would burn – wash after 6-8 hours for a rich, deep, milk chocolate enhanced tan.

One Hour Tan


Tanning Tips:

– Exfoliate and shave before applying self-tanner.

– If possible stand between two mirrors so you can see exactly what you are doing.  If you don’t have access to two mirrors one should do the trick.  But a helping hand  to apply the tan to the areas you can’t see might be necessary.

– Pay attention to your knees, ankles, feet, elbows and face. These are the areas where  self tanning can go oh so wrong! Be sure to use the product sparingly on these areas and pay extra attention to them when exfoliating to ensure there are no flakey, dry patches left behind.

– Use a tanning mitt or disposable latex gloves to apply the tan to yourself in order to avoid staining the palms of your hands and fingers.

– To ensure your tan lasts as long as possible be sure to moisturise daily.

So what are you waiting for? Get you glow on!

Happy Tanning! x

By Karli Smith