Flamboyant antiques expert, David Dickinson, is forever denying that he uses fake tan. He puts his colouring down to his Armenian heritage and plenty of holidays. Now, while we couldn’t possibly comment on whether his mahogany hue is entirely natural or he really has had a little bottled help, we can confidently state that our selection of gorgeous self tanners won’t leave you in a state of, er, orangeness. Fake Bake, Xen-Tan, St Tropez and Rodial are all tried and tested favourites that give a natural looking bronze that you can adapt to the seasons, going lighter or deeper as you prefer. Don’t forget to use a good exfoliator first to whip off any dry skin and if you’ve got plastic gloves, use them! There’s no bigger give-away than Bahama palms.

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