When you're as pale as I am, maintaining a healthy looking "glow" all summer can be an expensive business, so when I came across Asda's Essential Care Body Moisturiser a couple of weeks ago, for about £2.50 per bottle (I can't remember the exact price, but it was in that ballpark), I just had to buy it.

This is essentially Asda's own version of something like Johnson's Holiday Skin (in fact, it even comes in a matching yellow bottle): it;s one of the generation of gradual tanning moisturisers, the idea that you apply it as you would a body lotion and then wait for the tan to build up, er, gradually.

So how did it fare?

On the plus side:

* Although it does smell, it has a much more subtle/pleasant scent than many other self-tanning products I've tried, and the scent doesn't linger for long, either.

* The resulting tan is very even – no orange streaks!

On the minus side:

* It doesn't absorb very quickly. It's very thick and white, and it I have to spend quite a bit of time rubbing it in. Once that's done, however, it dries fairly quickly, so you're not having to walk around feeling sticky.

* The colour is so subtle that even after several applications of the "medium to dark" version, I don't have what you'd really describe as a "tan". This will make it perfect for those of you who're a bit wary about self-tanning, or who just want to take the "edge" of your pallor, as that's really all it's done for me. I'm no longer blindingly white, but I'm not "tanned" either, and personally if I'm going to the trouble of using a fake tan, I'd prefer a more noticeable result.

This doesn't seem to be available to buy online, but if you'd like to try it yourself, you can pick it up in your local Asda.

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