How to get that golden summer glow without danger of sunburn
What with our unpredictable weather, your best bet for catching a tan is by applying it yourself. Katie Wright selects the cream of this summer's best bronzing buys
We all hope by the end of summer we'll be bronzed to perfection, but somehow the reality - not enough holidays, the good old UK weather - always scuppers our plans.
Thank heavens, then, for the self-tan saviours that will turn lacklustre limbs from pale to golden, even when it's pouring outside.
Even better, this year there are a whole heap of innovations making the bottle-bronze process easier than ever.
Whether you're a fake-tan fanatic or a newbie to the DIY game, these are the products that will have you glowing in no time.
THE SUPER SHEET MASK
Love a weekly sheet mask? Switch your regular treatment for St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask, £15 for a pack of two, Boots, for a powerful dose of hyaluronic hydration and light tan in five minutes, or a darker glow in 10 (www.boots.com).
THE CLEAR WINNER
Not only is Tan Luxe Hydra Mousse, £33, QVC, packed with nourishing raspberry oil and vitamins, it's also the first ever completely clear tanning mousse, meaning no more stained clothes or bedsheets. Genius (www.qvcuk.com).
THE PHOTOSHOP FAKER
Like an Instagram filter you spray on, ModelCo Tan Airbrush In A Can, £15, is a glow-giving spray-on self-tan. The beloved Aussie brand has just landed here in the UK, bringing that Gold Coast glow to our shores - hurrah (LookFantastic.com).
THE MAN TANNER
Another Aussie import, Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Foam For Men, £13.99, is a foam tanner formulated with a fresh masculine scent for all those bronzing blokes out there (www.bondisands.co.uk).
THE COCONUT COOLER
A lightweight spritz that works as a make-up primer and setter, UTan & Tone Coconut Tanning Water, £18, delivers an even, sun-kissed glow in four to six hours (utanandtone.com).
THE OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
Solait Overnight Tan Mask, currently reduced to £3.29 from £4.99, Superdrug, imparts a gradual golden glow while you sleep. Use it nightly until you've achieved your desired colour (www.superdrug.com).
THE POWER POWDER
Previously only available as a loose powder, Vita Liberata Trystal Pressed Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals in Sunkissed, £25, now come in a handy compact. Swirl on with a kabuki brush (short make-up brush with big, dense bristles) for instant bronzing plus a natural-looking tan that gradually develops over time, even when you've taken your make-up off (FeelUnique.com).
THE DOUBLE WHAMMY
Smooth on Skinny Tan 7 Day Tanner, currently reduced to £13.19 from £19.99, Superdrug, and you'll get an instant rose gold shimmer, while a deeper tan develops overnight. The cream tanner comes in Dark and Ultimate Dark shades as well (www.superdrug.com).
THE DARK DELIGHT
For a rich two-weeks-in-the-Caribbean level tan, you need Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1Hr Instant Tan Extra Dark Tan Mousse, currently reduced to £5.29 from £9.95, Superdrug. The new shade from the best-selling brand develops rapidly and lasts up to seven days (www.superdrug.com).