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How to get that perfect sun-kissed glow

Forget pale and interesting... we're channelling the St Tropez vibe, minus the orange tint. Here are some lotions and potions for a natural-looking tan without the UV damage.

Anyone else feeling a little daunted by the prospect of unleashing their pasty face and limbs on the world? It’s either that or swelter in this heat wave… Add one of these babies to your beauty arsenal and you’ll be cat-walking in no time…

Gold Illuminating Body Oil

How to get a golden glow? Lather yourself in actual gold flakes, of course. This lustrous body oil from Oxfordshire-based Ila Spa is a blend of sandalwood, rose damascena and petitgrain for hydration, as well as the afore-mention gold flakes, for the all-important glow.


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Sunless Glow Body Lotion

Evolve is a brand that’s gaining traction – and awards – for its effective and organic products. This body lotion contains a natural sugar that will gradually darken skin as well as containing organic papaya, shea and aloe vera to soothe and smooth. 


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Body Blur Sunless Glow

Vita Liberta’s Body Blur is part of the ‘body makeup’ revolution – a range of products offering an air-brush effect… ok, form an orderly queue… This latest range has added gradual self-tan to the formula. It comes in a range of shades – so no excuse for keeping those pins covered up now ladies…

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Tan Enhance Formula

This cooling after-sun lotion from Saltee is for face and body after a day in the heat. Shea butter moisturises whilst Melin Oil is the magic ingredient for that sun-kissed look. It also boosts the skin’s natural sun defences. We said it was magic! 


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Philosophy Renewed Hop in a Jar Renewing Dew Facial Serum

This powerful serum promises to deliver that all-important glow that will shine out from under your bronzer, making you look like a recent beneficiary of two weeks away on the Cote D’Azur. Packed with aloe vera, vitamins C & E, peptides, asian fruit extract and jasmine extract, it gives your skin holiday vibes.


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Coconut Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil

With a name like that, this bottle from The Body Shop has just got to feature on your next tropical break (hey, we can dream…). The non-greasy spray gives a gentle touch of radiant colour and smells like holiday.


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Summer-Body Moisturising Lotion Sun-Kissed Look

It’s a bit of a mouthful, but it does the job. Garnier’s slow build tan lotion is a best-seller and the difference shows after just a few days of use. Comes in light or deep shades.


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Perfect Legs Skin Miracle

It’s all in the name baby – talk about does what it says on the tin… This hydrating tinted serum from This Works does wonders to even out bruises and blemishes and give a light sun-kissed glow without sheen.


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Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel

Running out to lunch in five minutes but have neglected your pins? No bother. This non-oily gel glides onto skin, gives an instant tan and melts in immediately, meaning no unpleasant marks on your white summer dress. A bathroom staple.


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Murad Vita-C Triple Exfoliating Facial

Everyone knows that smooth, well-moisturised skin is the answer to inner glow (and the best base for a sun-kissed look) so this brand new exfoliator from Murad might be just the ticket. Yes, it’s pricey but it does promise the same effect as a microdermabrasion facial after just one application. We’re sold!


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Estee Launder Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio

Me? A Bronze Goddess? Why, of course. Fake the Amazonian look with this compact of two matt bronzers – one medium and one deep – and a shimmering highlighter to give you cheekbones that would shame Jerry Hall in her late Seventies Roxy Music days.


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Lancome Rose Milk Mist

Red-cheeked and profusely sweating is never a good look so get yourself some shade, drink some water and carry this heavenly product around with you. A couple of spritzes will destress your skin thanks to the winning combination of hyaluronic acid, rose water, acacia honey and sweet almond oil. Summer skin but in a good way.


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Tom Ford Skin Illuminator

According to the blurb, this luxurious illuminator is inspired by the look of skin bathed in summer evening light. And that’s good enough for us. Wear it on your face and body, on its own, or mixed with foundation to make you shimmer in a very classy, Tom Ford way.


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Lancaster Sun 365 Sun Make-Up BB Body Cream SPF15

Yes, it’s a mouthful, but this brand new product is something you need in your summer skin arsenal. It hydrates, it offers protection from the sun but it also gives a touch of instant colour and a blurring effect to make your limbs glossy and slightly golden. 


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