Fake bake or the real mccoy?

Having a year-round golden glow is actually quite hard work to achieve. You can either spend hours lying in the sun, holding reflective cards to ensure the sun's rays are focused on you, rolling over every few minutes to ensure an even tan, or you have to spend money in tanning salons using sun beds or sun showers, or you can get spray tans or use self-tanning lotions. Check out the most searched-for tanning solutions.

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If you want a perfect tan, which of these methods is best to use? To get a real tan involves either having a lot of spare time, money or living in a sunny country. Not many people are able to spend all that time sunbathing. Not only is it time-consuming but it's also bad for your skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun's rays causes damage to your skin from UV rays. When you turn red after being in the sun - that means you've burned! Doing this increases your chances of developing skin cancer.

So what about sunbeds and sun showers - the capsules you stand in for 5 - 10 minute tanning sessions? These can set you back a lot of money because you are supposed to have a lot of sessions to build up your tan. And, in fact, these short bursts of UV is just as harmful as long spells in the sun. If you use a tanning bed too much you will definitely increase the likelihood of getting cancer. It's just not worth the risk.

So that leaves us with spray tans and lotions. Everyone knows that lotions are a pain. It's hard to get an even tan and you often end up with streaks and orange fingers. If you're happy to have just a bit of colour and not a deep tan, tinted moisturisers could be the perfect solution for you. Some of the best ones are Johnson's Holiday Skin Body Lotion, Nivea Sunkissed Skin and Elemental Herbology Sun Kiss. But if you want something a bit darker than that, spray tans are an effective way to get an all-over tan without risking skin cancer. You can either get home kits or get it done professionally.