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The best way to enjoy a tan? Cheat it! From gradual tanner and self tan mousse to wash-off formulas, we’ve tracked down the best self tanners you can buy in Centrale & Whitgift – whether you want to tan now, in an hour or build it up gradually.

Bondi Sands gradual tan

Gradual tanners

Planning ahead for that summer festival? Seven days gives you time to build a pro tan slowly, so shop for everyday gradual lotions that build up a natural glow. Fab for fake tanning phobes, they’re really easy to use (just apply like a body cream after your shower) and let you control your colour. 

Great for dry skin, Bondi Sands Gradual Tan Lotion is enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E to keep you smooth and tanned longer. 

Our pick: Bondi Sands Gradual Tan Lotion 375ml, £11.99, Boots

Skinny Tan at Centrale & Whitgift

Self tan mousse 

Planning on wearing your new summer dress and need a tan ASAP? Mousses and gels are designed to fast-track your glow over four to eight hours, and dry really quickly. Perfect if you’re in a hurry and need to dress fast. Lots come with a mitt – use it to help the colour go on evenly.

A fab pre-holiday tanner, Skinny Tan’s Mousse instantly tans skin, develops over time and can be layered with additional applications for a darker colour.

Our pick: Skinny Tan Mousse, £21.99, Superdrug

 Benefit Hoola Zero

Wash-off self tan

Want to get your glow on before a big night out? Keep a wash-off product handy.  Great for giving skin an instant glow and a good option if you’re nervous about making mistakes – just rinse away with soap and water, and start again. 

Benefit’s Hoola Zero Tanlines body bronzer takes seconds to apply and sticks around all day. It’s great at covering blemishes, too. 

Our pick: Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer 147ml, £25.50, Debenhams

All products subject to availability 
five tips
1. Don’t shave for 24 hours beforehand and ditch the deodorant. The tan can turn it green!
2. Exfoliate top-to-toe, then moisturise knees, elbows and feet to help the colour glide over them.
3. Wear latex gloves or a mitt. Grubby looking fingernails are a tell-tale sign you’ve cheated.
4. To avoid smudging, apply your tan from the feet upwards using long sweeping motions. 
5. Remove your gloves and use cotton wool pads to tan the back of your hands.


Fancy letting a professional help you cheat the perfect self-tan? Head to Angel Beauty Parlour in the Whitgift Centre, where a fully trained Sienna X therapist will ensure you leave with a flawless, natural looking glow.

To book a Sienna X spray tan, call 020 3609 8188.

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