BEAUTY CLINIC: The best gradual tanners

Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey for the Daily Mail

 Jo and Sarah answer real questions from readers: to put your query, go to beautybible.com 

Q I’m off on a beach holiday shortly and in dire need of gradual tanner to gild my pale legs, which usually shelter under jeans. What do you use?

A No exaggeration, we bless the moment gradual (aka daily) tanners hit the shelves. Self tans (the instant tanners) are fab now compared to the olden days when your skin turned orange and usually stripey, ponged like an old biscuit tin (that was the better ones) and the sheets ended up with the residue. But gradual tans took us on to a gentler phase where we can achieve whiff-less, realistic-looking tans that develop almost in real time.

So our favourites: fair-skinned Jo is a fan of EcoSonya Winter Skin Organic Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, an award-winning Aussie product for face and body, which does what it says on the tin. The base is skin-nourishing and soothing aloe vera, which we love, £26 for 200 ml. 

We all love ESPA Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan, which gives a gorgeous natural looking tan. It promises to ‘work intuitively with your skin’s personal biochemistry’ – a bit OTT but whatevs! It really delivers, £35 for 200 ml. 

Both those are at the luxe end pricewise but definitely worth it if your budget allows. For a real beauty steal product, try Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan and Gradual Glow, currently £6.99 for 125 ml, which we have just discovered and gives a lovely natural colour. 

We can’t think of legs and tanning without mentioning This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle, £37 for 120 ml, which hydrates, gives an instant tint (so it’s more make-up than gradual tan) and helps even out what they charmingly call ‘imperfections’. 

Finally, at the risk of being boring, may we point out that, good as they are, these products will only work well on carefully prepped skin. So de-fuzz, exfoliate and apply oil or cream a couple of days before you start on tanning. And don’t put the product straight on top of body lotion or cream – ‘cos it will streak!

Beauty Bible loves… 

 Piglet Bed Linen, £138. If you are one of the thousands of women who suffer from menopausal night sweats, there is a solution. Our colleague Catherine recommends swapping your feather or synthetic duvet and pillows for wool ones and investing in a good quality linen duvet cover.

Piglet Bed Linen , £138. Our colleague Catherine recommends swapping your feather or synthetic duvet and pillows for wool ones and investing in a good quality linen duvet cover

Piglet Bed Linen , £138. Our colleague Catherine recommends swapping your feather or synthetic duvet and pillows for wool ones and investing in a good quality linen duvet cover

Piglet Bed Linen , £138. Our colleague Catherine recommends swapping your feather or synthetic duvet and pillows for wool ones and investing in a good quality linen duvet cover

‘Since I started using a wool duvet and mattress protector with a natural linen cover, my sleep has really improved because wool and linen regulate body temperature better – even during this boiling hot summer. I don’t wake up as often during the night as the continuous cycle of over-heating, kicking off the duvet, then waking up feeling chilly half an hour later has been broken. How do I know it’s definitely the bedding that’s helped? I went to stay with relatives recently who provided me with a synthetic duvet with a poly-cotton cover and barely slept a wink.’

Great in this hot weather whether you’re menopausal or not, actually. 

Double wool duvet and deluxe mattress cover, from £54.39 and £47.50 

 

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