Top 10 Self Tanning Products for Men

In numerical order of supremacy, this list, compiled from customer feedback, popularity, innovation, ingredients, results, price and Ape to Gentleman’s testers displays the Top 10 Self Tanning Products for Men the men’s grooming world has to offer.

A good self tanner should blend seamlessly, absorb quickly and last, be a good texture, possess quality ingredients, be easily dispensed and offer value for money. We expect a lot you say? As always, yes. And why not? Ape to Gentleman brings you best self tanning products for men, don’t settle for anything less.


Apply lightly (can be mixed with normal moisturiser to dilute) and re-apply/ build tan until desired shade is achieved.

1. St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Face £14.30 / 50ml

A facial moisturiser with vitamins, aloe vera designed to give a touch of bronze, with a view to building up the tan. Being a moisturiser and self tan in one, means you get dual benefits. A gradual build up means you can control the colour of your tan easily. For instant fixes try St. Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Face or St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse.

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2. Nickel Le Grand Bluff Self Tanner £20.50 / 50ml

A men’s male grooming staple for years. Good texture, resulting in an even tan with a lasting healthy look. Again, it moisturises skin.

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3. Shiseido Men Moisturizing Self-Tanner £24.00 / 50ml

Instant results and a pleasant light lotion which is easily absorbed and spread. The only complaint is it takes a few hours to develop which over applied can result in unexpected over-bronzing.

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4. Polaar Tinted Self Tanner £21.00 / 50ml

With a double action bronzing effect: the lightly tinted texture instantly gives your skin a healthy glow, while the self-tanning agents prolong your natural looking tan without leaving orange marks. This long-lasting, moisturiser (leaves your skin healthy and tanned) and undetectable lotion is our favourite facial tanning product by far!

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5. Anthony Logistics Self Tanner with Anti-Ageing Complex £30.00 / 70g

This is a great product with multiple benefits; it’s anti-ageing, a moisturiser and a self tanner in one. The only slight annoyance is the price but saying that it does last. If you require the multi-benfits then we say invest.

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Most can be used on the face but we advise using a specific facial tanner from the list above.

1. St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse £20.43 / 120ml

The original and market leading St. Tropez self tan brand dominates our number one spot. Longevity, ease of use, practically aroma free – all earn huge points for us. The mousse is also easily applied on hairy arms and legs; it won’t clog. For the best even and natural looking tan, St Tropez Mousse is the go to product.

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2. He-Shi Express Liquid Tan £37.00 / 300ml

Tans instantly on contact with the skin, giving a healthy looking but quite dark bronzed complexion.

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3. St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse £4.99 / 200ml

The most affordable product in the Top 10, yet it performs well. Quite a light, weak formula, you’ll need to reapply if you require a darker shade. Only slightly harder to merge than others but a bit of care and attention and you’ll be fine. Reapplication means you’ll use more so don’t be totally convinced by the price tag.

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4. Vita Liberata Phenomenal Tanning Mousse £37.50 / 200ml

Natural ingredients, easy on sensitive skin and all skin types. Available in fair, medium and dark shades. Our main complaint is it doesn’t last as long as others.

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5. Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Body Mist £11.69 / 150ml

An ultra-fine mist which dries instantly. Complete coverage is harder to achieve easily but due to the mist being so fine, there are little to no streaks. The results are acceptable but not on par with others.

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For tips on how to apply self tanning products see Ape to Gentleman’s application rules by clicking here.