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It's glow time! 13 of the best tanning oils you can shop online

Ready for summer 2021? These SPF 15 & up tanning oils will help you get a glow while nourishing & protecting your skin

Karen Silas

Are you ready for summer 2021? When the sun comes out we'll also be out trying to get our dose of Vitamin D. There are ways to tan and boost your bronze without sacrificing sun protection and while nourishing your skin, and that’s why we’re helping you shop the best tanning oils out there. We know that whether you are sunning yourself in your garden, the park or on a coast somewhere on holiday (dare to dream) you might be making up for lost time post-lockdown.

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We believe that sun protection is extremely important as part of your skincare routine so try to use a tanning oil with at least SPF 15 – our best tanning oils list doesn't go any lower – but if you decide to opt for low or no SPF for whatever reason, be sure to top up with sunblock during the day. 

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The NHS recommends that when it comes to being out in the sun, you should remember to spend time in the shade between the highest sun points of the day, from 11am and 3pm, and use an SPF 30 sunscreen if you are out in the sun for extended periods.

Ther are lots of options for tanning oils that will help you not just tan but also take good care of your skin such as sun products enriched with skin nourishing oils or that have an SPF as high as 50+. So check out our list of the best tanning oils under £10, the best high SPF tanning oils, and the best oils with at least SPF 15. 

Best sun tanning oils under £10 

If you’re looking for an effective suntan oil for a lower price, we’ve checked out the best tanning oils you can pick up for under £10 from well-known brands like Piz Buin, Garnier and Hawaiian Tropic – and all have a minimum SPF 15.

garnier best tanning oils for summer

Garnier Tan Enhancing Sun Oil SPF20, was £12 now £5.95, Amazon


piz buin sun oil

Piz Buin, Tan & Protect Sun Oil, SPF 15, £7.99, Superdrug



hawaiian tropic dry spray oil best tanning oils

Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil Spray SPF 20, £4.50, Amazon




Best tanning oils with SPF 30 or higher

Back in the day, using a tanning oil meant you had to sacrifice sun protection – but thankfully, that’s no longer the case! Today’s sun oil formulas mean you can get a summer glow AND high SPF to protect your skin, with many brands offering sun oil with SPF 30. And that’s great news if you have sun intolerance, sensitive skin or a fair complexion.

Caudalie sun oil

Caudalie Beautifying Suncare Oil SPF 30, £17.85, John Lewis



Sun Care Water Mist 50+, £22, Clarins


bum bum sol oil

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30, was £36 now £18, Look Fantastic


nuxe spf 30

NUXE Sun Tanning Oil Face and Body SPF 30, £21, Marks & Spencer


lancaster sun beauty spf30

Lancaster Sun Beauty Fast Tan Optimiser SPF 30, was £25 now £18.75, LookFantastic


bioderma photoderm sun oil spf 50

Bioderma Photoderm Bronz Dry Oil SPF 50+, £22.50, Feel Unique


Best tanning oils with at least SPF 15

If you’re interested in a tanning oil with a lower SPF, there are many options available. For example, the Bondi Sands Protect and Tan has a five-star rating on Lookfantastic, and a combo of a subtle self-tanner and the minimum recommended SPF 15. Sun Bum Browning Oil is enriched with a number of natural skin nourishers, including argan, coconut and avocado oil, as well as green tea and aloe vera.  

Bali Body natural tanning oil promises to enhance your tan and nourish your skin with jojoba, grapeseed and coconut oils, while Alba Hawaiian dry oil is a great organic option and is waterproof, too.

sun bum browning oil spf 15

Sun Bum SPF 15 Browning Oil, £17.99, Boots


bondi sands tanning oil spf 15

Bondi Sands Protect and Tan SPF 15 Tanning Oil, £12.99, Look Fantastic


bali body tanning oil

Bali Body Natural Tanning and Body Oil, SPF 15, £18.95, Beauty Bay


alba botanica dry oil

Alba Hawaiian Dry Oil Sunscreen SPF 15, £12.90, Amazon


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