For a build­able, sun-kissed tint, grad­ual tan is your go-to. It de­vel­ops over a few days – with lit­tle risk of streak­ing. Avail­able as lo­tions, sprays, drops and mousses, our panel of 367 read­ers tried and rated a range of brands. Here are the win­ners...

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Elemis To­tal Glow Bronz­ing Body

Lo­tion, £36 Over 90% of our testers said that the lo­tion ab­sorbed well into their skin and pro­duced a light gold, nat­u­ral colour, with even cov­er­age. They noted that it’s par­tic­u­larly good for those with pale skin tones, with only one ap­pli­ca­tion needed for a lighter tan. 89/100


Vita Lib­er­ata Fab­u­lous Self Tan­ning

Grad­ual Tan Lo­tion, £15 This per­formed highly in our lab tests with a good colour build-up af­ter 24 hours. Our testers said it cre­ated an even tan af­ter one use and the shade grad­u­ally de­vel­oped through­out the week, leav­ing a bronzed look with­out any hint of or­ange. Testers com­mented that it had no no­tice­able, tell-tale fake tan smell. 88/100

ESPA Grad­ual Tan Body

Mois­turiser, £35

An­other high per­former in our lab test with good colour build-up af­ter 24 hours. Testers were also pleased with how this light mois­turiser ab­sorbed eas­ily into the skin and gave a nat­u­ral colour, with­out streaks or patches. 87/100


James Read Sleep Mask Face Grad­ual Tan Gel, £25 ■ Our testers loved this colour­less gel that you put on at night for glow­ing skin in the morn­ing. Over three quar­ters of testers agreed that their skin looked tanned af­ter one ap­pli­ca­tion and 90% said that it didn’t streak or leave any residue – and no marks on pil­lows. It has a light tex­ture, ab­sorbs well into the skin and left it feel­ing mois­turised af­ter use. It was a high per­former in our lab tests, build­ing a good colour over 24 hours. 90/100


St. Moriz Pro­fes­sional Golden Glow Tan­ning

Mois­turiser, £4.99 This multi-use mois­turiser can be used on both face and body. Testers felt it gave a nat­u­ral, non-streaky, sun-kissed look and that skin felt mois­turised af­ter use. It also worked well un­der make-up. 82/100

Green Peo­ple Grad­ual

Tan Mois­turiser, £16 Only a lit­tle is needed of this mois­turiser to cre­ate a light, nat­u­ral and even colour. Results are quick, with colour ap­pear­ing within a cou­ple of hours, and no streaks or patch­i­ness. Our testers raved about the citrus scent, too. 82/100

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