We're About to Have Another Heat Wave, So Don't Pack Away Your Fake Tan Just Yet

We've been pretty lucky this summer, and by pretty lucky we mean extremely lucky. We've had a good solid two(ish) months of scorching hot sunshine, enough to make you want to cancel your holiday and save it for the colder months because England has well and truly felt like a holiday destination. That was until this past bank holiday weekend when the rain began. But don't panic just yet, because according to the Met office, we're going to experience an Indian summer. 

Met Office forecaster Emma Smith told the Mirror that while the start of this week will be rainy, "high pressures from Thursday sees most places dry with sunny spells." And we can expect it to last throughout September with temperatures in the low to mid-20s, which is pretty warm for this time of the year. So don't pack away your fake tan just yet, there's still time to show those bronzes limbs. 

Fake tan is pretty special. Not only can it help you score a holiday-worthy bronze free from all the sun damage (and travel expenses), but now that formulas are more advanced than ever, there are plenty of skin-nourishing benefits too.

An authentic-looking sunless tan that leaves skin softer than silk from the comfort of our own bathroom? Yep, that's our kind of deal. Even if you have super-sensitive skin that reacts badly to DHA (aka dihydroxyacetone, the key tanning agent in most fake tans), strong fragrances or harsher ingredients, there are still endless options for bagging a healthy glow. Plus, there are more formulas than ever suited to super fair and even darker skin tones too.

Of course, the tanning market is full of hits and misses, but we've set about rounding up the crème of the faux glows to help you sidestep streaks, patches, uneven fades and soggy smells while we're still experiencing the last of the summer sun. Ready to get yourself beach-bronzed? First, read our advice on how to tan in the winter, and then below you'll find a list of the best fake tan formulas in all the land.