How to Fake a Love Island Tan

Love Island has gripped the UK with its twists and turns, and many of us have admired the tanned glow of the contestants and wondered how to achieve it ourselves. If the first hint of sunshine has you turning an attractive shade of lobster instead of bronzed goddess, don’t worry. We’re here to help you fake the tan.

Step One: Exfoliate

A fake tan can look patchy on dry skin, and you’ll get a smoother result if you’ve buffed off any dead skin cells before you start. Choose a good exfoliator and scrub head to toe. For the body, you can scrub away dead skin and add moisture at the same time with Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Body Scrub. For extra oomph, apply the scrub with Athena Exfoliating Gloves.  For your face, try the always popular St Ives Apricot Scrub.

Step Two: Hydrate

Some parts of the body are naturally dryer, which can cause fake tan to gather in tell-tale dark patches. Hands, elbows and feet are the worst for this. To dodge this, apply a good moisturiser to this tricky areas just before you start tanning, such as Vaseline Lotion Advanced Repair.

Step 3: Apply

Choose your tan! We love L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir. The concentrated formula leaves a natural looking tan, which lasts up to 3 weeks. Vichy Ideal Soleil Self Tan Face and Body is a great option too, with 12 hours of hydration alongside your new glow.

If you haven’t got someone at home to help do your back, a spray can be an easier way to apply. Try Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Self Tan Body Mist. Just spray for a light, even coverage.

If you’re naturally the pale and interesting type, or just a bit wary of ending up orange, you could try a gradual tanner instead, like Garnier Summer Body Gradual Tan Moisturiser. Apply instead of your usual body moisturiser and your tan will develop slowly over a few days.

Whichever you choose, apply with a mitt to get the most even coverage, and to save you from orange palms!


Congratulations, now you’re a bronzed beach babe, ready for your bikini.

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