Best ways to fake a tan
Whether the sun is in hiding or you just don't want to step into the harmful UV rays, fake tan is hugely popular among those lusting after bronzed skin. But unfortunately there's a whole lot that can go wrong when your tan comes out of a bottle, with orange hands and streaks two of the worst culprits. When even supermodels like Kate Moss get it wrong, you know it's a tough job!
"I experimented with self-tan when it first came out. I was really young and ended up leaving my socks on. The result was orange legs from the ankles up, and white feet - nice!" she recently laughed to British magazine Marie Claire.
But it's OK Kate, because we have all the tips for that perfect tan at hand. Speaking of hands, you really want to avoid any orangeness on your palms after application. They need to be moisturised so the dry skin doesn't absorb the tan, so start with something like O’Keeffe’s Working Hands cream. Allow it to absorb before cracking on with tanning, then make sure you wash them thoroughly afterwards.
Now on to the rest of your skin, which also needs to be primed and ready. Start by exfoliating every part you want to tan, using either a gentle scrub or special mitts. This removes the dead layer of dry and old skin, revealing fresh skin underneath that is less likely to have dry patches.
Next up you need to moisturise, picking a nourishing and light product that will be absorbed into the skin quickly. Make sure it's completely penetrated before you get on the tan, as otherwise it could end up uneven.
If you want to avoid the aforementioned white foot look, consider the shoes you'll be wearing. You want it to look as natural as possible, so think about where the line needs to end. You can always wait until the end to deal with the ankles, using a bit of fake than on a cotton bud to blend it gently into the part where your shoe will meet your skin.
Finally, we know many people will be keen to get the real deal and hit the sun loungers for a tan. If you're off on holiday, you need to prep your skin by using the right sun protection. It's crucial you make sure your sun cream protects against UVB and UVA rays, as both are harmful to the skin.
Professor Jayne Lawrence, chief scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: "Clearly many consumers do not realise the SPF rating applies only to the amount of protection offered against UVB rays, not UVA rays - both of which can damage the skin and cause skin cancer.”
The UVA rating is normally displayed in stars graded one to five on the bottle of sun creams.