The top 10 best fake tans

Our days of summer sunshine might be numbered, but it doesn't mean your tan has to be.

With mousses, lotions, sprays and gels, there are hundreds of products on the market to help you fake a golden glow.

But which are the best? And how best to apply them to avoid the dreaded streaky look?

Click on the photo below to see our top ten fake tan product picks, and read on for some top tips from St. Tropez tanning and skin finishing expert Jules Heptonstall.

 

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Preparation:

"You should always ensure you have removed any tan left over from your last application to prevent patchiness," says Jules.

"You can do this by exfoliating the night before to remove any dead skin cells and ensure the skin's surface is even. Pay special attention to your hands, elbows, knees and feet as these dry areas tend to absorb tan the most."

Application:

"Ahead of applying the tan, add a light layer of moisturiser to your hands, elbows, knees and feet to stop any tan from sticking," Jules recommends.

"Always apply the tan using an applicator mitt. This ensures an even, streak free finish without leaving the palms of your hands golden. When tanning your hands and feet, don’t add any additional product to the tanning mitt - just use the residue from the body application, this will be enough."

After:

"Wipe the palms of your hands and nails to avoid any leftover colouration. Rub a small bit of moisturiser into the bottom of your palm where it meets your wrists to blend the tan. If you've used a spray you may wish you wipe a small amount away in between each finger."

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