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(Beautiful bikinis from Violet Lake  – credits below.)

Given that my natural skin colour is akin to a bottle of skimmed milk – white with a hint of blue, I am very much a fan of sunless tanning – from a bottle naturally, not a sunbed (perish the thought). And ESPECIALLY in bikini season.

At home I am always all about St Tropez Bronzing Mousse, rubbed in with an applicator mitt, and buffed off with the same. I’ve never had streaky ankles or white bits and think it’s absolutely brilliant.

But sometimes I just want to be lazy and so I go for the spray tan option. My three current London favourites, depending on where I am and availability – I always forget to book much in advance and I am prone to staring blankly at my diary and then realising I have an event and the dress I want to wear really needs bronzed limbs.

An at home spray tan service – this has been life-changingly helpful for me. I was sent a voucher to test out  MILK’s Home Spray Tan Service and I thought it so good I’ve booked and paid twice more since then. MILK Beauty is an online beauty service delivering massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials and tanning services to clients’ homes, offices and events across London 7 days per week up until 10pm at night.

Milk spray tan at home

A lovely lady arrived on the dot, set up a tent in my kitchen (and they’ve also done it in my office), and proceeded to spray me a delicious and totally convincing medium shade of tan using Vita Liberata. (There are three depths of tan available.)

There are very, very few places that are open to give spray tans on a Sunday in London. I’ve written before about the Mystic Tan spray tan booth at Heidi Klein in Notting Hill, which I think is excellent, and yes, they are open on a Sunday, which is brilliant as I like to leave my tan overnight before the first shower and I’m rarely doing anything on a Sunday night. (The guide colour + developing tan underneath can leave you quite an alarming colour.) I’ve been in here as a paying customer more times than I can mention.

If you are not West London-based, then my latest discovery is The Tanning Shop on Warren St, also open on Sunday, and an astonishing £9.99 off peak for a spray tan on Sundays and Mondays.

MILK Beauty.A home visit spray tan is £30 or £55 for two.
Call on 0207 243 5665 to make an appointment at Heidi Klein Westbourne Grove.  A spray tan is £25
The Tanning Shop, 24 Warren St, London W1T 5LY, www.thetanningshop.co.uk
St Tropez Bronzing Mousse available here and applicator mitt here

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