Beauty: The Best Budget Tanning Products

best budget tanning products

My number one beauty tip is to slap on a bit of fake tan. It immediately makes me look healthier, slimmer and basically helps me feel a bit more like a person. I’ve never had a professional tan, I’ve never stood there stark naked while someone sprays me and I’ve promised myself I will never go on sunbeds, so when I want to feel like a bronzed goddess I head to the shops.

As I always like to save as much money as possible, I tend to go for budget tanning products. As all tanning products essentially fade or end up going down the drain, I don’t like to spend too much. With that in mind I’m always on the lookout for some recommendations when it comes to budget tanning products. In case you are too, here are some of my favourite tanning products found on the high street.

Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion


This is my absolute NUMBER ONE tanning product. If I could only recommend one product, it would be this one. The Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion is a body moisturiser mixed with fake tan. I use the medium to dark skin one as it gives me a darker glow. If I put this on before bed, I wake up with a gorgeous all-over glow that really lasts. You have too keep building it up as it does wash off, but it’s a really easy option if you are pressed for time or you aren’t the best at applying fake tan. I have never had any streaks using this, I just rub it on (you can use your hands or a glove) and pop some loose pyjamas on. There is a shimmer edition of this product that will make you look like a vampire from Twilight, sparkling in the sunshine. This is a good thing.

Buy it from: Pretty much anywhere that sells beauty and skincare products. My top tip is to check Superdrug, Savers and Wilkinson’s as they usually have it on offer. The cheapest I’ve got it for is £1.99 and the RRP is £5.25.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil


The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil smells absolutely delicious, and is very.. uh.. shimmery. This is a lovely product that I haven’t used much as I’m saving it for the summer, but it gives a gorgeous glow and is perfect for highlighting.

Buy it from: The Body Shop for £16. I bought it cheaper in the January sales, but The Body Shop usually has some amazing offers on so you should be able to find it cheaper. If you’re on O2, check your Priority app, as there’s usually an offer for The Body Shop in-store and online.

St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Lotion


I’m not actually very good at applying fake tan. I can never get my back right and it always ends up a little streaky. I could ask my fiancé to do it but I imagine if I did he would just slowly back away in horror/confusion (although let’s face it he’d probably be worse than I am).

So, even though I’m not great at applying tan, the St. Moriz range is my favourite. It’s crazily affordable and goes a long way. I’ve tried the mousse, the spray and the lotion and in my opinion the lotion wins hands down. With spray I find it mostly ends up on the floor (cue an orange carpet and tangoed feet) and the mousse is a little dry. This lotion is smooth, and as it is an instant tan, you can see what you’re doing, avoiding streaks. This tan also has some good staying power.

Buy it from: Any budget beauty store. You can get this really cheap (like £2 cheap) from places like Savers and Wilkinson’s.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Self Tanning Dry Body Mist


Garnier self tanning products were the first ones I ever tried. As a teenager I slapped it on; it was definitely the coolest tanning product for a 15 year old girl. I hadn’t even heard of St Tropez at that age and once I realised how expensive the products were I stuck with this brand. I’ve tried pretty much every tanning product Garnier has produced and they are the brand I usually go for if I’m not buying St Moriz. My favourite thing about this particular spray is that it drys SO QUICKLY, although the colour isn’t as strong as lotions.

Buy it from: Superdrug, Boots, etc.

What are your favourite budget tanning products? Have you tried any of these?