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Fake tanning season has well and truly arrived, and while we’ve already covered how you can shave precious time off your tan routine, there’s plenty more to get excited about on shelf when it comes to body bronzing. The ever-growing array of products can seem overwhelming at times, but every year without fail there are technological advances and formula improvements that make fake tan more effective, more efficient, and easily workable into a busy routine.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, $40

Essentially a tanning serum, this innovative product is gradual tan made easy. Just three drops added to your regular day or night moisturiser will subtly warm up your complexion and give a sun kissed glow. The fact that you don’t have to opt out your usual skincare products to make way for a gradual tanner is what’s so genius about this. No more skimping on your night creams anti-ageing benefits just so you can tan your face!

James Read Sleep Mask Tan for Body

James Read @ Mecca Sleep Mask Tan Body, $67

An overnight tan that promises no clothing and linen stains? Sign. Us. Up. That’s exactly the premise of this James Read offering, which applies as a weightless and colourless gel to give you that coveted golden glow overnight without the messy cleanup. Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid help to hydrate while it works it’s magic, so dry skinned ladies – this one is for you.

Le Tan Coconut Water Self Tanning Foam Ash Base

Le Tan Ash Base Self Tanning Foam With Coconut Water, $19.99

If you’re a darker skin tone, you’re well aware how difficult it can be finding a fake tan that looks natural. In the past, fake tans stuck to orange or green-toned bases, meaning anyone beyond olive skin tone was left out of the tanning game. Many brands are now featuring their classic tan versions with an ash base, which is perfect for anyone with dark skin. This gives the final tone a cool finish, as opposed to a warm finish, which can throw orange on dark skin.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Face

Dr Dennis Gross @ Mecca Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Face, $50

Yes, that $50 price tag is pretty expensive for one tanning towelette. But it’s the innovation that has gone into this all-rounder product that has fans enthusing like mad in Mecca’s comment section. “I’ve bought this product countless times in the past and it helps create the perfect glow without looking like fake tan,” says one reviewer. “The colour is still the best and they are not too drying on facial skin,” says another. This is not just a towelette filled with fake tan product – soy proteins and active Vitamin D help to deliver tanning agents deep into skin, resulting in less fade. the alpha and beta hydroxy acids exfoliate skin, tighten pores and eliminate blackheads so you’re essentially getting an all-round facial treatment alongside your tan. Oh, and they’re damn easy to use.

St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted

St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted, $33.99

Up until now, most gradual tanners in market have been designed to be a tanning version of a regular moisturiser – they apply clear. However, this means anyone who is playing in the rookie space when it comes to tanning application suffers streaking and a patchy finish, simply because they can’t tell where and how much they’ve applied. This new tinted version from St Tropez means you can get that slow-developing light glow, minus the fear of streaks and missed sections. Plus – immediate, natural colour if you’re doing a quick touch up for a night out!

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