Buy now ￡35, Spacenk.com
First up, let’s talk ingredients. Tan-Luxe’s entire line focuses on marrying skincare with self-tanning – it was one of the first brands to infuse its products with hyaluronic acid, a hydrating powerhouse that holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. In laymen’s terms, this means that it holds water molecules onto the surface of your skin, in order to maintain hydration. This tends to bode well with tanning actives, as the clever cocktail works to hydrate the skin while delivering a golden glow.
We’ve tried endless amounts of face tanners, but have yet to find one that delivers such natural-looking, even coverage. Not only does the serum give the skin a subtle tint (no orangeness here), but it also colour corrects and evens out your skin tone; the exact opposite of what many other face tanners do.
Read more: Fake tan buying guide – from gel to mousse
The glow is somewhat addictive; whenever we apply this, the next morning our skin looks healthier, brighter and more supple. Unlike other formulas, this one doesn’t sink into your pores, texture or scars, and blurs imperfections instead.
So what’s it like to apply? The gel-like serum glides onto the skin nicely, with a slightly sweet smell that is potent without being overpowering. As well as the hero ingredient, hyaluronic acid, the formula also contains cocoa seed extract, an antioxidant that helps protect the skin against environmental aggressors. The tanning actives in this serum don’t detract from the skincare benefits, it truly is a two-in-one product, so if you’re already a fan of hyaluronic acid and want to add a subtle glow, you won’t regret adding this to your beauty arsenal.