7 Vegan Self-Tanners For The Perfect Cruelty-Free Sun-Kissed Shade

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With the temperatures climbing over 30 degrees, summer is upon us. It’s time to dig up your favourite dress and match it with a sunkissed bronze glow. Sun can be damaging to the skin especially if you are not wearing a protective factor as it can cause sunburn and premature ageing of the skin. Our guide features the best vegan self-tanners to help you get that summer glow safely and cruelty-free.

1.Skinny Tan

Skinny Tan offers a whole range of body and face vegan self-tanning products made from naturally derived ingredients. You can choose from mousses, serums, lotions, gradual and instant tanners.

The founders wanted ‘’’Skinny’ in Skinny tan to be represented by a skin kind ‘skinny’ ingredients list with, as far as possible, more naturally derived ingredients’’. 

Most of their products let you decide on the shade of sunkissed you want to be. From one hour for a medium tan up to three hours for darker ‘’long-lasting’’ colour, offering the desired shade that fits everyone.

‘’There was no question that Skinny Tan would have to be paraben-free, sulfate-free not tested on animals and suitable for vegans,’’ says their website.

2.Isle of Paradise

Isle of Paradise features a variety of vegan self-tanners that are ‘’100% vegan, cruelty-free and organic’’. 

‘’Self Tanning is for humans, not for bunnies, kittens, flamingos, sloths, possums or any other animal. So with this in mind, we are passionately against all animal testing,’’ says their website.

You can choose from light, medium and dark to ensure your new tan is right for your skin tone.

Their key hypoallergenic ingredients include avocado oil high in vitamins A and C, ‘’super hydrating’’ coconut oil and chia seed oil.


NIP+FAB has created a new vegan-friendly fake tanning range for summer 2020. They promise streak-free tan that dries fast and ‘’shouts I’ve just come back from holiday’’. 

They offer four different shades: cocoa, caramel, mocha and ultra-dark to ensure the best tanning experience for everyone. Choose away from oils, mousses and mists.

When it comes to the question of whether this range is cruelty-free, NIP+FAB promises they do not test on animals.

4.Cocoa Brown Perfect Fade Self Tan Oil Medium

Cocoa Brown Self Tan

This is another cruelty-free self-tan featured by the popular UK beauty retailer Superdrug. Cocoa Brown Perfect Fade Vegan Self-Tan Oil is an oil that develops within 2-3 hours, so if you are looking for something more instant this is your pick. It’s available in shades medium and dark. 

‘’It gives your skin the ultimate natural-looking, radiant glow that lasts for up to 7 days and fades perfectly,’’ says Superdrug website.


5.Superdrug Solait Overnight Tanning Face Mask

Superdrug Overnight Tanning Mask is a nighttime facial moisturiser with a gradual tanner. All you have to do is apply it before you go to sleep and you will wake up to your new sunkissed look. 

Infused with ingredients suitable for vegans like Aloe Vera, Glycerin and Vitamin E and Sweet Almond Oil, this is the cheap solution ‘’for maintaining an all-year-round tan’’.

Solait also offers a variety of affordable body tan boosting lotions, mousses and self-tanning water.

6.Too Faced Royal Oil Coconut Oil Body Bronzer

Too Faced decided to go for vegan-friendly and paraben-free oil coconut base to ensure deep hydration that comes with a light coconut scent. 

Their ‘’never cruel. Always cool’’ product also includes Mangosteen for that extra kick of moisture providing all those anti-oxidants beneficial for the skin.

This little bottle is packed with coppery shimmer for the extra glow. And absorbs quickly into the skin so you don’t have to worry about tan stains on your clothes.

7.Alba Botanica Sunless Tanner Lotion

Alba Botanica Sunless Tanner Lotion

Of all the vegan self-tanners, this PETA’s number one pick. It promises natural-looking colour that absorbs quickly in less than 3 hours. Alba Botanica Natural is not only about that natural ‘’UV-free’’ look but also about natural ingredients, this tanning lotion has flower extracts for a delightful scent and uses no parabens and artificial colours.

Diana Buntajova
Diana Buntajova
Diana is always looking for the environmental aspect of every story. She is interested in health and lifestyle, hoping to point to issues that are often overseen. Diana has explored topics including B-12 deficiency in the vegan diet, fears about exotic skin farms sparking another pandemic, and the Oreo controversy. Currently studying Journalism at City University of London, she enjoys everything to do with visuals especially photography. Creative and detail-oriented in both her visual and written work. On a mission to find the best vegan cheese and can't resist beyond meat burgers.