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Fake it: 10 best self-tanners for body

As the weather warms up, prepare to bare this spring with our pick of the best self-tanning products

Much like painting and decorating, a faux glow will only ever be as good as the preparation beforehand. So, always exfoliate, shave and moisturise 24 hours before going for gold (en limbs).

Apply a light moisturiser to dry bits just before starting - ankles, knees, feet, wrists and elbows - and massage in a circular motion, using a tanning mitt to avoid  bronzed palms.

Novices could try a gradual tanner like This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan or Seventeen's wash-off Instant Glow Bronzing Mousse, while those after a deep tan should opt for the likes of Lancome's Flash Bronzer or Fake Bake's 60 minutes.

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Celebrity tanner James Read has perfected his Bronzing Spray to give you an A-list salon result at home. But top marks go to St Tropez for sheer innovation – a sensitive range for easily irritated skin and safe for use in pregnancy is a winner in our book.

Buy now

1. St Tropez Sensitive Bronzing Mousse, £28 for 200ml

2. James Read Bronzing Spray Instant, £24.50 for 200ml

3. Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion, £34.50 for 200ml

4. Fake Bake 60 Minutes, £24.95 for 236ml

5. This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan, £38 for 120ml

6. Lancome Flash Bronzer Transfer Resistant Self-Tanning Lotion, £24 for 125ml

7. Michael Kors Liquitan Self Tanner, £18 for 150ml

8. L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Elixir, £15.99 for 100ml

9. Decleor Aroma Sun Experty Self-Tanning Milk Natural Grow, £24 for 125ml

10. Seventeen Instant Glow Bronzing Mousse, £5.99 for 150ml