In the Victorian era people were considered good-looking only if they had pale skin, showing they lived a life of leisure rather than one of labor. Porcelain skin was admired by many and clearly distinguished the rich from the poor. That is, until Coco Chanel came along. In 1923, the fashion icon got too much sun on one of her yacht trips in Cannes, returning to the spotlight with a bronzed glow. Her sun-kissed look launched a fad and, eventually, an entire industry that revolved around achieving the perfect tan. Today the trend remains among women of all socioeconomic levels. In our modern world, the glow of a tan is indicative of health, time and money. This high status leaves many eager to attain this glowing appearance at any cost. For decades, the only way to achieve a tan was spend hours in the sun, an unknown and somewhat damaging process to the skin. However, in the 1960’s, when news got out about the harmful UV rays, an entire new industry was born.

Today, it’s no longer necessary to spend hours in the sun in order to obtain this age-old trend. Innovative beauty products have given birth to the new tan, one that doesn’t involve ageing the skin or taking hours out of your day. Fake Tan has grown from strength to strength over the last 4 decades. No longer do they contain orange undertones that leave your skin stained like an oompa loompa. If you’re one to use Fake Tan regularly, then chances are you have already tried many products on our Top 5 list. However, if you’re yet to experiment with self-tanning lotions, we recommend any below for the most natural glow.

Summer has come to an end, so why not find an easy way to maintain that healthy glow throughout the year?

The best fake tan. Lyfestyled's Top self tanning products. Model CO, St Tropez, PureTan, Bondi Sands, J Bronze

Model CO Airbrush Spray Can

You don’t need to see the name to ModelCo to recognize their bright pink bottles. Appealing to a wide range of women, ModelCo has pioneered the ‘Tan Airbrush in a Can’ products and continues to find innovative ways to produce the most naturally looking tan. Model Co has found the perfect colour combination, that doesn’t make you look overly bronzed. Its use of a rich, green-blue base helps the spray, to adjust to your natural skin tone as the light reflects it. In addition to its natural colour coverage, we love the sweet cotton candy smell that model Co leaves on your skin. Unlike some fake tans; its sweet smell replaces that nasty one that many can detect. What we love most about ModelCo is its quick dry nature. Each layer dries within 60 seconds. Our only warning advice for Model Co airbrush can is that the spray can sometimes end up all over the bathroom! Be careful where you spray and prepare your bathroom before hand.

The best fake tan. Lyfestyled's Top self tanning products. Model CO, St Tropez, PureTan, Bondi Sands, J Bronze

J BRONZE Mousse

Australian Beauty Jennifer Hawkins knows what she’s talking about when it comes to a natural glowing tan. Her J Bronze selection of tanning mousses and airbrush sprays is one of LS’s favourites on the market. J Bronze Mousse doesn’t stain the skin straight away, leaving you free to apply the mouse evenly without the worry of having to rush to spread it. J Bronze products last more than a few days and are enriched with green tea and aloe vera extracts to sooth the skin. Best of all, J Bronze products adapt to your original skin tone while mirroring a real rich tan. There’s a reason Jen always looks so radiant!

The best fake tan. Lyfestyled's Top self tanning products. Model CO, St Tropez, PureTan, Bondi Sands, J Bronze

St Tropez – Gradual Tan Moisturiser

Inspired by the bronzed Mediterranean skin found on the beaches in South France, St Tropez has it figured out when it comes to gradually building a natural looking tan. The gradual tan moisturizer is infused with Aloe Vera that helps smooth your skin and prevent it from drying out. We recommend the gradual tan when you’re in a rush as drying time is minimal. For best results, Gradual Tan suggests application every morning to maintain a consistent glow. LS loves that this gradual tan is light enough to be used on the face. However, be careful to blend it into the neck to avoid discolouration.

The best fake tan. Lyfestyled's Top self tanning products. Model CO, St Tropez, PureTan, Bondi Sands, J Bronze

PureTAN Instant Dark Tanning Foam

PureTAN products are infused with rich green tea and aloe vera moisturisers to ensure skin is left soft and hydrated after application. Formulated with a moisturiser base, the foam conditions the skin while tanning. In our eyes, the best feature of PureTAN is its smooth, glide-on formulation that ensures there are no self-tan mishaps. Additionally, PureTAN Instant Dark Tanning dries quickly meaning you can shower less than an hour after application. Conversely, the tan can be left on longer before showering for a deeper, longer-lasting golden colour. PureTAN Instant Dark Tanning foam works best on natural olive skin. Unfortunately, it can be too dark for lighter skin tones.

The best fake tan. Lyfestyled's Top self tanning products. Model CO, St Tropez, PureTan, Bondi Sands, J Bronze

Bondi Sands Lotion

Bondi Sands is becoming increasingly more popular due to its natural looking, complete coverage. The Bondi Sands lotion allows for easy application, preventing unwanted spray or dollops of mousse from falling on the bathroom floor or near by towels. The self-tanning lotion dries within 30 seconds allowing you to quickly get on with your day without the worry of it smudging. The lotion is enriched with aloe vera, which leaves your skin soft and smooth. Bondi Sands Tanning lotion is a great way to both moisturise and give your skin a natural, effortless glow as though you’ve walked off Bondi Beach.

The best fake tan. Lyfestyled's Top self tanning products. Model CO, St Tropez, PureTan, Bondi Sands, J Bronze