There’s been a rethink on sun exposure: a little of what you fancy, sunshine-wise, can be good for you – helping to provide the vitamin D that builds and preserves bones, among other health benefits. But nobody’s suggesting you spend more than a few minutes of non-protected time in the sun each day – and certainly, from an ageing point of view, if you care about lines and wrinkles it would be folly to ever put your face in the sun. The good news? Whether you want a back-from-Barbados bronzitude or a Cornwall-coast- kiss of sunshine, there are some fabulous ways to fake it. My tip? Before applying any fake tan (even a gradual body lotion version), moisturise thoroughly: patchiness is often the result of self-tan being applied to thirsty skin, as it soaks up the product more in dry zones.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All-in-One, £9.99. This is a brilliant BB cream, with a texture that melts into skin, blurring imperfections – and an SPF15.
TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil, £24.99. A complete revelation to me: this is a gorgeously shimmery oil (which makes it just so easy to apply) – and all-natural, too. Certified organic by Ecocert.
Balance Me BB Natural Perfection with SPF25, £26. Instantly evens out skin tone, offers long-term skincare benefits (thanks to rosehip oil and Abyssinian oil), moisturises brilliantly, and shields skin with UV protection.
St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Body Lotion, £14.50. Unless you’ve a tanning emergency and need to turn limbs golden quickly (like: the night before you fly), there’s a lot to be said for gradual tanners, which slowly build to the level of tan you prefer.
Dove Summer Glow, £5. A bestseller – and you’ll soon discover why, as your limbs turn from pastry- pale to gorgeously glowing, day by day.