It's nearly that time again, when we unleash our legs and flash the flesh we've been hiding all through winter (gulp!). But fear not - Buro resident beauty expert Heidi Scarlett King has spent the season trialling the new breed of tanners that not only deliver natural-looking colour but do a whole lot more to keep your skin glowing from top to toe. From pre-tanning essentials to tan maintenance and everything in between, consider this your definitive product list.
1. The Body Shop African Ximenia Body Scrub, $39.95, thebodyshop.com.au
The Body Shop's new luxe spa collection includes this fantastic body exfoliator. The sea salt effectively removes the dead top layer of skin, while the natural oils from the Ximenia tree maintain hydration - the two most important factors in getting the best results from fake tan.
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2. Elemis Tan Accelerator, elemis.com
An effective way to maximise your natural tan, this Elemis favourite contains a blend of shea butter, macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil and tyrosine and is a pre-holiday must-have. Used every day two weeks prior to sun exposure, the tyrosine (a natural amino acid) works to increase melanin production in skin cells.
1. Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, $32, mecca.com.au
Ever wished your favourite moisturiser came with in-built fake tan? Now it does, thanks to this genius tanning serum by Clarins. It's a made-to-measure tanning serum that mixes into your usual night cream to give a gorgeous sun-tanned glow to your face. It's so perfect for those who don't like to compromise on the other important ingredients in their skincare routine (myself included!).
2. Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer, $50, mecca.com.au
For those who hate fake tan but want the effect of perfect sun-kissed skin, Perricone MD has it down. A liquid bronzer serum, it can be applied in dots along the face and blended over or under foundation or mixed into liquid foundation to give a natural depth of colour. It doesn't stop there, either: this intelligent serum is enriched with vitamin C and SPF 30+.
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1. Xen Tan Absolute Luxe Lotion in Dark, xen-tan.com
Cult tanning brand Xen Tan have added a new beauty to their dark collection. The dark golden toned lotion is paraben free and packed with shea butter and green tea, which protects and hydrates while the colour develops. It also boasts a scent-free protector, which is handy if you have to wear it on the go. Super long-lasting on the skin, the Absolute Luxe is a fantastic fake tan.
2. Fake Bake Flawless Darker, $35.10, adorebeauty.com.au
It's the same great warm bronze shade as the Fake Bake Flawless... but twice as dark and definitely longer-lasting. Fake bake Flawless Darker is not for the light-hearted but those serious tanners who want an instant, airbrushed colour that lasts up to 10 days. The liquid mist with the mitt applicator gives the quickest and most effective way to apply.
1. Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Slimmer Shimmer, $88, charlottetilbury.com/au
Make-up queen Tilbury has not only worked hard at perfecting our faces but also enhancing our arms and legs too. The Supermodel Body Shimmer contains natural extracts that enhance collagen fibres and skin tone, while the soft shimmer adds to the camera-filtered effect. The look instantly gives colour, glow and subtle contouring that's ideal for any LBD this summer.
1. Kiehls Crème De Corps Whipped Body Butter, $50, kiehls.com.au
The key to keeping a tan for longer is daily hydration, but avoid using oils as they can lift off the colour. This Kiehls gem is perfect for tan maintenance: a rich yet lightweight cream that gives 24-hour hydration. The beta-carotene, shea butter and squalene all naturally and effectively keep your tan looking good for longer.
2. Naked Tan Goddess Crème De La Crème, $24.99, nakedtan.com.au
Created specifically for tanning, the Crème De La Crème gives a luxurious slip to the skin without any stickiness. It's packed with shea butter and aloe vera but minus any nasties like parabens and alcohol. And it smells like a coconut vanilla sundae!