If you want to look bronzed, however slightly (or deeply) there are plenty of ways to get colour without lying in the sun for hours. Choose from straight forward fake tan, tinted body creams, spray on tan and instant tan and most of these have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, losing to a greater extent that dreadful smell and with easier application. However, that doesn’t change the fact if you’re not very careful they’ll be leaving streaks and patches in their wake.
I don’t like spending long hours in the sun. Relaxing by the pool, yes, getting burnt and all that that can mean no thank you very much. So I use a year round gradual tanning body lotion which doesn’t make me look as if I’m just back from a holiday in Italy, ever, but always gives me a hint of a bronze glow. Add more moisture when you want to and you have healthy gleaming skin all the time.
If you didn’t start early enough there are body lotions with quicker results. My advice? Start as early as you can and carry on all year round.