I started experimenting with fake tan when I was about 13 and after many orange palm and patchy tan disasters over the years, I've now found my favourite fake tanning products to give a natural, even tan. I have a little shelf in my bathroom cupboard, crammed full of different fake tans, but these two are my top favourite, most-reached-for and most-repurchased. I'd highly recommend both of them.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion - £5.10
I've used a lot of gradual tans over the years and this is by far my favourite of them all. Packaged in a 250ml bottle with a pump, this lotion is really easy to apply. One coat gives a nice, natural glow but I like to apply two layers to intensify the tan. I apply one layer to my whole body, let it dry and then apply another layer on top. The tan builds up really well and gives such a lovely, natural-looking tan. It's the perfect 'tan' shade and has no orange or muddiness to it all. This lasts well on the skin and fades really evenly, not looking patchy or 'scaley.' It also has a nice, chocolatey scent. This is my most-used tan and I've been through about 4 bottles now! It's a total must-have product for me.
Xen Tan Dark Lotion - £17.99 (FeelUnique)
Xen Tan is a brand which has become increasingly popular within the last year or so, but I've actually been using the Dark lotion since I was about 15 years old, after a friend recommended it to me. The lotion is so smooth in consistency so glides easily onto the skin and it's tinted so you can clearly see where you've applied the tan, making it super easy to apply. I've actually found with this, that it's almost impossible to get a streaky or patchy result. I've been quite slap-dash with this before and gone to bed with it looking a bit of a mess, but showered it off in the morning and still been left with a nice, even tan. This is another tan which can be built up and layers really well for a deeper shade. It gives a very natural, olive-based tan. I find this lasts from 5-7 days on me, with regular moisturising and gentle exfoliating, and does fade quite evenly. It also has a lovely, almond scent. I've gone though countless bottles of this, over the years. I'll always have a bottle of this in my cupboard!