Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of fake tan disasters – Oompa Loompa orange, streaky legs, stained hands – so these days I choose products carefully. I’m also adverse to that biscuity whiff most bronze from a bottle gives off. Apart from that, I look for an easy to apply, natural-looking glow in a formula that doesn’t end up all over my sheets. All in all, a pretty long wish list when it comes to self-tan!
And so, luckily, James Read’s Sleep Mask Tan for body (£35 for 200ml, available at jamesreadtan.com) ticks all my boxes. Its fragrance-free gel formula glides on and dries almost immediately, developing into a gorgeous, sun kissed glow. Working with your skin’s natural pigment, it’s amazing how closely it mimics a real tan. And what’s more – there’s no nasty smells.
I’ve been applying this fake tan religiously in preparation for my trip to LA, and am so pleased with the results that I’ve packed shorts and dresses. Its natural-looking shade means I don’t have to worry about pasty-looking limbs on the beach! Even better, this fake tan is nourishing, too – containing skin-friendly ingredients such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and algae exact. What’s not to love!