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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, £24.99A 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, £26Instantly 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, £14.50Unless 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,
 £5A bestseller
– and you’ll soon
 discover why, as your
limbs turn from pastry-
pale to gorgeously
 glowing, day by day.