13 Vegan Sunless Tanning Products for a Cruelty-Free Summer Glow
Get a gorgeous glow without sun damage with these cruelty-free and vegan sunless tanning products.

It’s official, summer is careering towards us. It’s time to break out the flamingo pool inflatable, don those vintage-style cat-eye sunglasses, and dig out your favorite pair of denim shorts.

We all love to get out and about in the summer, but whether you’re off on vacation, staycation, or are simply chilling at home, it’s important to stay safe in the sunshine. The sun’s rays are harmful; when we’re overexposed we can become victims of sunburn, heat stroke, premature skin aging, and in some severe cases, melanoma.

Don’t panic, this doesn’t mean you have to keep those pale winter legs if you don’t want them. If you do want them, power to you. But If you’re after that mid-August skin glow while the season is just getting started, don’t worry about risking potentially-harmful excessive sunbathing or tanning beds, there are plenty of vegan-friendly, cruelty-free self-tanning products on the market.

13 Vegan Self-Tanning Products

1. Isle of Paradise Light Self Tanning Water

Isle of Paradise uses organic vegan ingredients

Isle of Paradise offers a wide range of paraben-free vegan products to help you get that sunkissed glow all year round. If you just want something light or you’re a first-time fake-tanner, try its Self Tanning Water, made with organic tanning actives, avocado, chia seeds, and coconut oil.

“On the Isle of Paradise we like to do things differently,” notes the brand. “We’ve combined a colour corrective approach with our tanning know-how to bring you your *best glow ever* — whether that’s for the beach or brunch, we’ve got you babe.”

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2. Solait Overnight Tan Mask by Superdrug

Superdrug offers a wide range of vegan tanning products

Popular UK health and beauty retailer Superdrug offers its own range of affordable vegan tanning products called Solait. If it’s a gradual tan you’re after, try the Overnight Tan Mask, which costs just over £3. It’s essentially a nighttime moisturizer, but with a built-in tanner. “Apply before bedtime and wake up to a natural sunkissed glow,” says Superdrug.

For those who want something a little more instant, try Solait Bronzing Lotion. It intensifies over a 4 hour period to give you a natural-looking glow, says Superdrug.

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3. Beauty by Earth’s Self Tanner

Beauty by Earth’s Self Tanner is one of Amazon’s best selling tanning products

Beauty by Earth’s Self Tanner is the subject of 3,500 rave reviews, according to the Stir. It’s made with organic, natural ingredients and will categorically not leave you looking like an Oompa Loompa. Reviewers note it goes on white, so doesn’t stain, it lasts for a decent amount of time, and even has a pleasant smell.

It’s also one of Amazon’s best sellers, the brand notes. It says, “this sun free tanning formula gives you a gradual sun-kissed glow without sunburns, early aging, and skin cancer. Perfect alternative to brands that sell very chemical filled tanners.”

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4. Skinny Tan Dark Body Mousse

Skinny Tan’s dark mousse is one for experienced tanners

Made with over 95 percent naturally-derived ingredients, this coconut-scented vegan Dark Body Mousse is one for experienced tanners, warns Skinny Tan. The brand notes it will give you a “deep dark tropical tan” that lasts for around two weeks. It recommends you exfoliate your skin in the shower first with the Skinny Tan Exfoliating Mitt, lightly moisturize areas of dry skin, and then apply the mousse with a roller or tanning mitt.

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5. Green People Self Tan Lotion

Green People’s Tanning Lotion is ideal for sensitive skin

Green People offers a range of natural, organic skincare products, including self-tanning lotion. Ideal for sensitive skin, the product is quick-drying and won’t leave you feeling greasy after application, notes the brand.

“Unlike most other brands, we do not use artificial fragrances, parabens, or harsh additives,” says Green People. “Instead, our organic fake tan is packed with pure plant oils such as Olive Fruit Oil and Rosehip Oil which promote soft, healthy skin.”

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6. Alba Botanica Sunless Tanner Lotion

Alba Botanica’s Sunless Tanner is paraben-free

As Alba Botanica says on its website “it is safer to fake than bake!” So why not try the brand’s Sunless Tanner for a natural-looking sun-free golden glow? It’s non-streaking and free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.

Alba Botanica notes, “When you need just a little sun-kissed glow, our easy-to-use, non-streaking self-tanning lotion absorbs quickly for a natural-looking tan in less than 3 UV-free hours. This is one of those rare times when it is better to go non-natural!”

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7. Brazilliance by Tarte Cosmetics

Brazilliance will have you looking like you just got back from vacation

So maybe a trip to Brazil just isn’t on the cards for you right now, but why can’t you at least look like you’ve been sunning yourself on the beach in Rio? Brazilliance by Tarte Cosmetics will have you looking like you just got back from two weeks of indulgence and luxury in South America, without the price tag or the air miles.

Tarte Cosmetics says, “you’ll get a natural-looking, deep-toned tan within just four hours PLUS+ skin that feels sexy, smooth & hydrated.”

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8. Pacifica’s Bronzing Body Butter

Pacifica Bronzing Body Butter will leave you looking tanned and protect you from the sun

Pacifica Bronzing Body Butter will leave you looking perfectly sun-kissed, and protect you against the actual sun at the same time, as it’s factor 50 SPF. The brand says, “add a little sun-kissed bronze to your beautiful body while you protect and hydrate your skin. This rich, creamy body butter lets you play in the sun. Water-resistant, smells incredible, and is surfer approved!”

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9. Black Stockings Body Tint by Lush

Lush’s shimmering bronzing body bar is plastic-free

As with most of its products, Lush’s answer to self-tan is unique, natural, and plastic-free. Black Stockings comes in the form of a shimmering body bar; you simply rub on the area of skin you’d like to look a little more sun-kissed, and voila, you’re shimmery and bronzed.

Lush says, “[Black Stockings] is ideal for when you want to bare your winter legs or want to even out a tan. Sweep it over legs, arms or all over for a golden, even glow, or build up in layers for a deeper tan.”

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10. Eco by Sonya’s Face Tan Water

Eco by Sonya is ideal for oily skin

This is one for those aren’t a fan of heavy mousses, lotions, and sprays. Eco by Sonya’s Face Tan Water is the world’s first organic, natural face tanning water, according to Organically Epic.

The gradual tanner is perfect for those with oily and acne-prone skin as it doesn’t block your pores, there’s no need to lather your face with moisturizer after application either. Eco by Sonya says, “face tan water builds into a beautiful glow, creates a youthful radiance and even reduces the need to wear foundation.”

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11. Tanologist’s Transparent Tan Water

Tanologist’s tanning water hydrates and tans your skin

Tanologist’s Transparent Tan Water not only tans your skin, but it hydrates it too! It’s also infused with vitamins.

One happy Superdrug reviewer said, “bought this to try after reading reviews that said it looked like a spray tan, and they weren’t wrong! The first hour after applying it I was worried because there was no development but once I had woken up I was such a nice colour!”

They continued, “wasn’t sure how dark it would go but I’m very very fair and I feel that if I wanted I could of gone with the dark shade next time. Doesn’t really have that horrible tanning smell either.”

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12. Prtty Peaushun’s Skin Tight Body Lotion

Prtty Peaushun’s Skin Tight Body lotion contains light reflecting particles

Rumour has it that Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of Prtty Peaushun’s products. If you want skin like an A-Lister, try the brand’s Skin Tight Body Lotion. It’s designed to give you a subtle glow due to the light-reflecting pigments, which “give a natural radiance and help even out skin tone.” 

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13. UTAN Tan Vegan Gummies

UTAN gummies turn your skin golden

UTAN has developed the world’s first-ever vegan tanning gummies. Yes. Apparently, you can tan your skin by eating gummies now? According to the brand, you take the gummies — created by healthcare professionals — for three to four weeks and they’ll turn your skin golden. Sun exposure is not necessary.

But don’t just take UTAN’s word for it. The product has been tried and tested by some consumers already, and it seems to work. One said, “definitely noticed a big difference gone from lily white to a nice coffee colour, a must buy.” Another added, “couldn’t live without these and can’t wait to get the new ones for my holiday.”

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