Q: I’ve always been weary of fake tan since I had a horrible experience a few years ago and ended up orange and streaky. Are there any tans you’d recommend to bronze up my pasty winter body?

Natalie Baron, 42, Milton Keynes

A: I’ve been inspired by the start of tan-tastic Dancing On Ice last weekend to bronze up. I always follow a few basic steps when tanning – I exfoliate, moisturise (particularly streaky hotspots like ankles, elbows and knees), then use a mitt for an even finish.

Start at your feet and sweep upwards in long strokes, and always wait for 5-10 minutes before popping on your clothes.

If you’re nervous about tanning, try an instant bronze. Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan Make Up, £6, Boots, is great. I’ve just started using Fake Bake 60 Minutes Fake Tan Liquid, £24.95. It will transform your skin from pale and pasty to buff and bronze in an hour and I’m yet to spot a streak.

For foolproof application, I rate Sun-Believable Self Tan Mousse, £30, The foam is tinted so you can see exactly where to apply it and blend. Happy tanning!

Stephanie Maylor, Beauty Editor

To read about Dancing on Ice’s Dan Whiston, who’s skating with Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, go to Dancing on Ice