The Best Tanning Lotions For A Head-To-Toe Glow

With its easy to apply and hydrating formula, a lotion is the favored tanning method for so many glow-getters out there. So, of course, when it comes to the best tanning lotion, we’ve got you covered. From in shower self tan to the best tanning lotion for your face, St.Tropez has a self tanning lotion for every need. 

What is the best tanning lotion?

With face, gradual, instant, and in-shower options available, we make it easy to find the best lotion for tanning. 

1. The classic lotion

If you’re looking for a natural, medium tan, then the St.Tropez Classic Bronzing Lotion is the way to go. Its ultra-hydrating formula keeps skin looking healthy and adapts to your individual skin tone for a long-lasting glow. Perfect for dry skin sufferers, our Classic Lotion soothes skin with impressive 24 hour hydration. 

Applying our self tanning lotion is straightforward. Just follow these 4 steps: 

  • Step 1: Prep by exfoliating and moisturising dry areas. For the best results, we recommend using a Tan Enhancing Body Polish and Exfoliator with our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser. 
  • Step 2: Using a Mitt for even coverage, glide the product onto the skin. 
  • Step 3: After 4 to 8 hours, rinse in the shower. 
  • Step 4: Now you’re good to glow! Your tan will develop in 4 to 8 hours and can be topped up as desired to maintain your golden glow. 

2.  The gradual self tanning lotion

Luckily, for those of you who love the sunkissed subtlety of a buildable gradual tan, at St.Tropez we have three superb gradual tanning lotions to choose from. 

The St.Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Lotion boasts a hydrating formula with a hint of tan, perfect for daily use. It’s designed to be reapplied as often as desired, so you can set the tone. Our Classic Gradual Lotion is also available in a Medium/Dark color for those who prefer a deep bronze. 

With even deeper hydration and a tantalizing watermelon scent, the St.Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Everyday Moisture Miracle Body Lotion is the ultimate treat. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid, this self tanning lotion locks in moisture for up to 72 hours. Perfect for a lightly sunkissed glow, this formula nourishes skin while creating a buildable bronze with an even fade. 

If you are after an instant illuminating bronze, the St.Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Lotion boasts the same iconic formula as our Classic Lotion while delivering an immediate hint of tint. Quick-drying and streak-free, our tinted self tanning lotion provides an instant and long-lasting golden glow.  

3. The in shower option

For those who are short of time, the St.Tropez Gradual In Shower Golden Glow Lotion is perfect! It leaves skin beautifully bronzed and can easily be incorporated into your daily shower routine. Designed for daily use to gradually build a golden-brown tan, our formula is infused with Sweet Almond Oil to keep skin hydrated and healthy. 


Applying our in shower self tanning lotion is easy. Just follow these steps: 

  • Step 1: Shower as usual. 
  • Step 2: Turn the shower off and apply a generous amount of tanning lotion onto wet skin in sweeping circular motions. 
  • Step 3: After 3 minutes, rinse. Make sure you wash your hands after use to prevent patchiness. 
  • Step 4: Time to glow! In 4 to 8 hours, you’ll have developed a gorgeous sunkissed glow. Reapply daily or as often as desired to build depth. 

4. The instant option

Are you after an instant tan with no commitment? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too with the best tanning lotion! The St.Tropez Instant Tan Light/Medium Lotion is perfect if you want to get your glow on quickly for a night out with friends or a special event. 

This buildable tanning lotion delivers a confidence boosting glow that lasts 24 hours. There are just 2 simple steps to follow for an instant bronze: 

  • Step 1: Using a Mitt, apply onto dry skin in circular motions. You can tailor your tone by building layers for a deeper color or mixing into your regular moisturiser for a hint of bronze. 
  • Step 2: With no developing time required, you’re ready to glow! To remove, simply wash with soap and water. 

5. The face tan lotion

There’s no reason why your face can’t be beautifully sunkissed too. The ultimate hybrid skincare and self tanning product, the St.Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Moisturiser and Primer Face Cream moisturises while developing a buildable, natural bronze in 4 to 8 hours. 

To use, apply directly to the face and blend evenly. Our Tinted Everyday Moisturizer can be used every day instead of your regular moisturiser or as frequently as desired to achieve your perfect bronze. 

Now that you’re equipped with the best tanning lotion, you’re ready to glow!  With our hydrating and easy to apply self tanning lotions, you’ll be glowing with confidence in no time. 

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