Tried and Tested: Fake Tans

Despite being born in the Southern Hemisphere, my northern European genetics means it takes me at least three weeks to get a tan. Even then I would say it’s a ‘glow’ and I have to work REALLY, REALLY hard at it. So, unlike my olive skinned business partner, I use fake tan on a regular basis in the summer. There are certain pitfalls that gives it a bad rep- that horrid biscuit smell, the streaks and the uneven blotchy orange look . So here are the steps I always take when fake tanning: pre application exfoliate like your life depends on it and wear loose clothing for at least 2 hours after. Always stick to the skin tone recommendation on the bottle (fair means fair)  and moisturise daily.

By Petro

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden-Glow Booster £19
I would take this on holiday because I can mix it in with my aftersun and normal moisturiser and not have to take another full size bottle of fake tan as well. It’s leaves a lovely even, gradual colour and no real smell (well only that of your moisturiser).

St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion £14.50
I was so skeptical but it really works and smells a lot less biscuity than the other St Tropez products. Only down side is it gets a little cold in the shower waiting for three minutes before you can rinse off. 


James Read Face Sleep Mask Tan £25 
I only tried the facial version of this overnight tan mask but it does exactly what it says on the bottle. It didn’t come off on my sheets, it has almost no smell once dried and gives you a lovely natural healthy glow. Perfect for warming up winter skin.

Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel £33 
Out of all of them this was my favourite colour, it applied easily, no smell at all and dried very quickly. But be careful where you apply it, as it’s not gradual you really see it on your white bits, a real tell tale fake tan sign.

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Clarins £19 John Lewis


James Read £25 Space NK


St. Tropez £14.50 Boots


Hampton Sun £33 Net-a-Porter

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