The best of self-tanning lotions

Self Tans

You can't always depend on the sun to give you that burnished glow, but these creams will sort you out whatever the weather

The idea is that you apply a gentle coat of tanning moisturiser every day from now until proper summer, so that by the time you really can't avoid getting your legs out, they'll look like actual legs rather than a pair of mooli. You have less to lose with a gradual tan – less chance of mahogany streaks up your shins or patches around your knees – but the best results come with a bit of time, a bit of exfoliation, a bit of Crème de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan on your face (£65, cremedelamer.co.uk) – expensive, yes, but lasts for ages if you mix it in with your daily moisturiser – and a smoothing of Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion (£34.50, timetospa.co.uk) on your body after a shower. Good luck out there, guys.

Alternatively

The Organic Pharmacy Self Tan £36.96, theorganicpharmacy.com Decléor Gradual Glow £31.50, decleor.co.uk James Read Gradual Tan £24.50, jamesreadtan.com Sienna X Gradual Glowing Self Tan £15.96, sienna-x.co.uk 7 Xen-Tan Premium Sunless Tan £24.99, xen-tan.co.uk

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