Is it just us, or does fake tan always seem like a great idea until you wake up covered in streaks and smelling like biscuit? And that's before you've got out of the bed and seen the orange tint you've left behind on your previously pristine sheets. Luckily, there's a low risk, high reward alternative that is perfect even for beginners. Welcome to the wonderful world of gradual tan.
The best option for tanning amateurs, when time is short, or when you just want a hint of colour ("Oh, of course I went to the Caribbean over Christmas, didn't everyone?"), they've come a long way since the stinky, sticky, palm-staining lotions you might remember - there are some great new tanning inventions.
Scroll down for the very best of the bunch, which we've categorised by exactly which kind of skin they'll suit.
Want faster results? Check out our list of the best fake tan and spray tans. Feeling extra pale this year? We've also done our research and found the best fake tan for pale skin. Want something for your sensitive visage? Here are the best fake tans for your face.