Afraid of self-tanning? Don't be! Several tans on the market are aces
HE-SHI 1 Hour Rapid Tan
It'll give you a tan in one hour, and as the liquid is dark, you'll be able to manage a streak-free application, but I just wasn't wowed by this. He-Shi is my hero tan-brand, too, so I am bummed. I'll stick with their mousse.
No7 Perfectly Bronzed Quick Dry Tinted Mousse
As mousses go this is only okay. The guide colour is terrific, it does dry quickly, but I felt the coverage wasn't great. I had to use quite a lot to get a good, even tone, and then when the colour came up, I wished I'd gone over it one more time.
KARORA Instant Tan Glow Glamster
This works best if you've got some natural colour as a base; if you're trying this on un-sunkissed skin, you won't get much joy. This dries quickly, and the best part is that it's got a lovely sparkle.
TANORGANIC Certified Organic Tan
This one requires some thought, as you have to rinse it off in six to eight hours to get the desired tone. I found the glass bottle fiddly to deal with when I've got one hand in a tanning mitt, although I expect the glass keeps the certified organic contents in good nick. I felt a tiny bit orange having left it on for the maximum time.
LANCOME Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Mousse
This is a reserved bronze, one that doesn't looked like much upon application, but mellows into something really lovely and flattering. I did overdo it a tiny bit on first use, and felt like I wasted it somewhat, because it is so laid back. Don't worry, it will work out well in the end!
ST TROPEZ Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
This puts the bronze in bronzing, in that it came out with a shiny metallic tinge, and went on with it as well. I was a little freaked out, especially as this is pretty pricey. Not to worry: it dries in a snap - the fastest in this gathering of tans - and it warms up really beautifully. You won't look like C3PO, trust me.
The key? Using a tanning mitt. You think that Kate Moss does her self-tan with her bare hands? Uh, no. Be streak free, and enjoy trying what I've tried.