The best tanning products for a flawless golden glow
The question that all tanning beauty technicians get asked: what are the best tanning products? As you well know, this is a question with many answers! It all depends on what your client wants out of their tan. Are they after the perfect spray tan to suit their complexion; do they want the best fake tan products to get their glow on from home; or do they want to know the secrets of the best products to maintain a tan? Understanding the world of professional tanning products is key to giving your clients the best advice.
Lucky for you – and your clients – tanning products aren’t all made equal. Gone are the days of single-tone tanners that would leave skin streaky and orange. Now, you can find professional spray tan solutions and self tanning products in myriad formats and tones to ensure a flawless result for all. From gradual tanning lotion for a sunkissed look all the way to the darkest tan solution, our extensive range of tanning products can give every client their perfect sunless tan.
Best spray tan products
Looking to update your professional spray tan kit? With reliable formulas from brands including Bondi Sands, Sienna X and Rose and Caramel, welcome to tailored tanning! Check out some of our favourite spray tan products for truly bespoke results.
If you want a versatile tan solution that gives the ultimate golden tan, then you need Bondi Sands Liquid Gold. Suitable for most skin tones, this luxurious spray tan formulated with Argan Oil develops into a rich, golden colour that’s touch-dry in seconds! The perfect way to give your clients a glorious Australian tan, wherever in the world they are.
Strength: Light 8% DHA
Colour guide: Red-based undertones
Suitable for: Most skin tones
Development time: 2 hours (can be washed off after 8 hours for a deeper tan)
Sprays per bottle: Up to 15 full-body spray tans
A true innovation in professional spray tanning, this Rose and Caramel tan allows you to achieve a natural glow with absolutely no colour transfer. The water-based solution is clear on application and development and is formulated to develop to each client’s skin tone for a truly bespoke result.
Strength: 3 strengths available (light-medium, medium-dark & extra-dark)
Colour guide: Clear – no transfer!
Suitable for: All skin tones. A favourite with brides thanks to the bespoke colour and 95% transfer-free formula
Development time: 6-8 hours
Sprays per bottle: Approximately 13 full-body spray tans
Sometimes it can feel easier to select a spray tan for clients seeking a lighter glow than it can to find one that satisfies the cravings of ultra-dark tanners. Well, not anymore! Sienna X Olive Spray Tan Solutions are specifically designed for clients with darker, olive-based skin tones, or for those looking for a deep Mediterranean tan. The fast-drying formula with nourishing Q10, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Green Tea provides a beautiful tan that fades evenly.
Strength: Available in light-medium and medium-dark
Colour guide: Olive undertones
Suitable for: Olive-based skin tones or clients who tan easily
Development time: 8-10 hours. Also available in a new 1 hour express formula for rapid tanning
Sprays per bottle: Up to 5 full-body spray tans (available in 250ml bottles only)
Nothing says bespoke tanning like a rapid tan formula. With Crazy Angel Express, your clients have the power to determine the strength of their glow. The natural DHA will continue to develop until it’s washed off, so clients can enjoy anything from a natural glow, to a deep tan from just one spray tan solution. Great for your salon purse strings!
Strength: Based on development time (2 hours – light, 3 hours – medium, 4 hours – dark)
Colour Guide: Instant bronzing
Suitable for: All skin tones
Development time: 2-4 hours
Sprays per bottle: Approximately 20 full-body spray tans from the 1 litre solution and 4 tans from the 200ml bottle
Best self tan products
Boost your salon retailing with a great offering of at home tanning products to complement your client’s fresh new glow. With a range of formulas available – from tanning mousse, to self-tan water, to self-tanning lotion – we’ve got the best gradual tan and fake tan products to choose from.
Combining the nourishing properties of a professional moisturiser with gradual tanners, this is one of the best tanning lotions for a light, natural-looking, and buildable glow. Suitable for use on the face and body, this professional tanning lotion is rich in skin-loving ingredients to hydrate and soften the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite – an absolute winner!
Colour guide: Untinted
Best for: All skin tones. Light, natural-looking results
Development time: 8 hours
The ultimate self-tanning mousse for a bold and bronzed tan. Formulated with red undertones, this lightweight tanning mousse brightens the skin tone for radiant results. Plus, it’s infused with intensely moisturising ElfaMoist which helps tan to penetrate deeper for a darker, longer-lasting tan.
Colour guide: Red undertones
Best for: Neutral and cool skin tones that desire a deep, bronzed tan
Development time: 6-8 hours
Sienna X self tan spray is the lightest way to tan! The 360° nozzle enables flawless application from every angle, coating the skin in a fine mist that provides an instant bronzed glow. Blending natural DHA with high-quality skincare ingredients, this non-sticky mist firms and hydrates the skin while developing into a natural, effortless glow.
Colour guide: Instant bronzer
Best for: Lightweight tanning with a medium-deep tan. Suitable for all skin types
Development time: 8 hours
Discover the next-generation self-tan: tanning water. This weightless, hydrating self-tanner uses a clear, water-based solution enriched with Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid to offer the most refreshing tanning experience! Simple and mess-free with a natural, streak-free glow – what’s not to love?!
Format: Water spray
Colour guide: Clear – no transfer!
Best for: Those looking for a natural, medium tan with no colour transfer
Development time: 4-6 hours
Best tanning prep products
The holy grail of perfect tanning is prep! If you’ve ever been asked for the best way to prepare for a spray tan, then this section is for you. Read on to discover our self-tan and spray tan preparation must-haves.
Part of the new and improved Sienna X bath and body collection, this caring scrub buffs the skin to pre-tanning perfection! Formulated with natural Lime Pearl Caviar, the Sienna exfoliator brightens and evens the complexion while leaving skin healthy, hydrated, and prepped for tanning application.
While we’re talking scrubs, we have to shout out to the TikTok sensation that is the Rose and Caramel Purity Excel 60 Second Scrub. The ultimate tan remover, this gentle scrub erases old tan residue in a single minute! Natural perlite effectively removes all traces of tan, leaving skin super soft and ready for the next tanning session.
Now the skin is beautifully exfoliated, it’s time to protect those troublesome areas. This nourishing barrier cream creates an invisible shield of moisture to ensure an even, flawless tan – perfect for use on areas prone to staining such as hands, elbows, knees and ankles.
Best after spray tan care
What’s just as important as preparation? You’ve got it: aftercare! Choose the best products for nourishing skin and extending that glow from our spray tan after care range.
A lot of shower gels can strip the skin of tan, but not this one! Specially formulated to complement and extend your client’s tan, this refreshing gel promotes collagen production and maintains the skin’s melanin levels for deeper, longer lasting tans. For even better tanning longevity, follow with the Sienna X Moisturiser Lotion.
We love a multi-purpose skincare product! The clue is in the name; this little beauty from Rose and Caramel helps to prepare the skin and maintain your client’s glow. The 3-in-1 oil-free spritz can be used before tanning to hydrate dry areas, immediately after tanning to lock in colour, and as a daily moisturiser to keep tan looking gorgeous.
Clients often find that their tan fades fastest on their faces due to more frequent cleansing. A great way of maintaining and boosting that glow is with tanning drops. The best face tanning products for a bespoke, buildable tan, these hydrating drops can be added to existing moisturisers and face serums for a tailor-made look. They also fight free-radicals and UV rays to keep skin healthy and protected.
Professional spray tan training
Are you ready to immerse yourself in the world of spray tanning? Then why not book a place on one of our spray tanning training courses? Led by one of our dedicated in-house Adel beauty experts, each course is designed to help you perfect your spray tan technique using some of the best professional spray tan solutions in the UK. Have a look at our full menu of hair and beauty training courses to expand your skills today!