Fake it 'til you make it: how to protect your skin in the sun

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We’ve all got a sunburn horror story under our belts. Whether it was falling asleep in the afternoon sun or choosing to slather yourself in sun-drenching oil rather than an effective SPF, most of us have learned the hard way that nobody is invincible.

Protecting your skin from the sun won’t just avoid lobster-red limbs and the risk of harmful skin conditions; it has also been scientifically proven to reduce the signs of ageing, such as pigmentation and wrinkles. So with this in mind, we propose a safe approach to sunbathing this summer with our roundup of high-tech SPFs, glow-giving gradual tints and overnight self-tanners that will make it look like you’ve just spent two weeks in the Bahamas...

Containing the same combination of active ingredients as its predecessor, Sisley's new Super Soins Solaires Tinted Sun Care SPF 30 now comes in a range of four shades that deliver a natural, buildable tint to the skin. The waterproof formula combats skin damage and keeps the skin nourished - perfect for days at the beach or by the pool.

Sisley Super Soins Solaires Tinted Sun Care SPF 30, £103; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Colchester, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle, Windsor

We’ve been a fan of Clarins’ fabulous self-tanning range for a while, so when they announced the launch of their new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster we couldn't wait to give it a try. The glow-giving formula can be mixed into your regular moisturisers for an instant hit of radiance that builds to a subtle bronzed tan over time. 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster £19; Available at Fenwick stores nationwide 

Renowned for their fabulous bronzers, Guerlain have launched four new shades to their Terracotta Bronzing Powder family. New shades include 002 Clair Blondes, which offers a subtle tint for very fair skin; 04 Moyen Blondes, a rosy hue to warm up lighter skins with an existing base tan; 07 Foncé Doré, which looks beautiful on mixed-race skin and 09 Intense, a golden-brown for darker skin tones. 

Guerlain Terracotta The Bronzing Powder Natural and Long-lasting Tan, £35.50; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor, York

Ultrasun’s advanced combination of UVA and UVB protection sits alongside a mix of powerful anti-ageing antioxidants that keeps the skin shielded from the sun’s harmful rays. The water-resistant formula doesn’t contain any perfume or preservatives so it can be happily used by all skin-types, including ultra-sensitive.

Ultrasun Face SPF30 Anti-ageing Sun Protection For Very Sensitive Skin, £20; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor

Following on from the success of their award-winning Hoola Bronzing Powder, Benefit launched two new face and body products to join the Hoola gang this week. Their Hoola Zero Tanlines, an all-over body bronzer that glides on streak-free thanks to its in-cap applicator, boasts up to 12 hours of wear and smells like a holiday. Also new in is their Dew The Hoola, which boasts all the benefits of the original Bronzing Powder's buildable matte formula, but in liquid form that leaves a sheer, dewy glow to the skin. 

Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines £19.50 and Dew The Hoola £22.50; available at Fenwick Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells

Fake a perfect tan with the cult classic Bronzing Mousse from St. Tropez. This hero product has a paraben-free, lightweight formula that delivers an even and natural-looking tan to pale, lacklustre limbs. Plus, the hydrating formula contains Aloe Vera to nourish skin and prolong the colour. Apply with a mitt to dry, freshly exfoliated skin before bed and wake up to a beautifully bronzed bod.

St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse (240ml) £30.65; Available at Fenwick Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor, York

By Grace Gargini