The most glorious fake tans to make you look like you’ve been on holiday

No sun? No problem.

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by Arianna Chatzidakis & Louella Berryman |

We have a special place in our hearts for fake tan. After one mere application, we can emerge from our bathrooms with a newly-found confidence and holiday-worthy glow. Just bloody brilliant.

It's no secret that fake tan has come a long way since the noughties. Essentially, it no longer smells of biscuits or leaves nasty streak marks on our bodies and bedding. Hallelujah!

It's only January, but celebs are already jumping on the summer-prep train with Love Island's Molly-Mae Hague releasing her own fake tan brand at the end of 2019.

Is fake tan bad for your skin?

According to Cancer Research UK, fake tan is completely safe to use.

However, it's important to remember that using fake tan doesn't protect against harmful UV rays, so always remember to apply suncream to avoid looking like a tomato and damaging your lovely skin.

In terms of skin reactions to fake tan, some doctors recommend doing a patch test before bronzing up to check you don't have an allergic reaction to the tanner.

We hear you - you're worried about breakouts too. Don't stress - fake tan can leave your skin feeling dry, which can cause breakouts, but keeping moisturised should keep those pesky spots at bay.

Does fake tan stain?

Fake tan staining seems pretty unavoidable. Whether it's your sheets, pillowcases or your favourite white dress, it happens.

Thankfully most fake tan stains come out in 40 degree wash. For stubborn stains on pale fabrics, try a pre-wash stain remover.

If you're planning on getting your glow on, we recommend using a dark towel and sleeping on dark sheets instead of white or light coloured ones.

woman washing white clothes in washing machine
Don't sleep in your best white sheets after you've tanned ©Getty

Is fake tan safe when you're pregnant?

According to the NHS, using fake tanning lotions and creams is safe during pregnancy.

However, it's probably best to avoid stepping into a spray-tanning booth while you're expecting as the effects of inhaling the chemicals used during a spray-tan are unknown.

How often should you apply fake tan?

Want to be a glowy goddess all year round? Most fake tans last between three and ten days, so if you want to be constantly bronzed you'll probably need to apply fake tan once every 1-2 weeks.

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