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Fake Tan vs Real Tan

With Spring in the air and sunnier and warmer days ahead, thoughts may turn to pasty white skin and how to look healthier for summer.

We are all well aware of the dangers of UV rays and, so for me, if you have to tan, it’s best to fake it. There are so many fantastic products on the market today that give a gorgeous healthy glow, without the need to expose yourself to skin damage. Remember, a sun tan isn’t an indication of health at all. It simply means you have damaged skin cells.

Fake tan is a much healthier and safer way to tan that causes no damage whatsoever.

To ensure you build a smooth, non streaky tan, its best to exfoliate the skin beforehand using a non-abrasive body scrub. Pay particular attention to the elbows, knees and other dry areas of the body.

Skinny Tan

Extremely popular self-tanner which is made from over 90% naturally derived ingredients. There is a choice of gradual tan, pre-tan and instant tan and the products are available in either mousse, oil, serum, drops or mist. Having used this brand previously, I find it gives a natural, even looking tan without the need for careful application. It lasts around five days and doesn’t have a strong smell like other self tanning products.

Airbrush Legs

If you don’t fancy tanning your whole body, but would like to add some colour to your legs, then Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Instant Tan is fantastic. This product is advertised as ‘leg make-up’ as it will also cover imperfections such as freckles and veins and enhances skin tone. It’s extremely easy and convenient to use and you can just simply wash it off when you want to. Priced at £9.99, it’s available in a variety of shades. It’s a great choice if you don’t have time to exfoliate and self-tan the day before an event or an occasion.

Sun Drops

If you are looking for a facial tanning product, then I can highly recommend you try Tropic Sun Drops gradual tanning facial serum. Alongside the natural plant allo-melanin that mimics your skin’s own melanin and creates a warm golden effect, it’s topped up with coconut water and Aloe Vera juice to ensure that your skin stays dewy.  

Customisable bronzing serum. Just add a few drops to your moisturiser, either in the morning or evening, and apply to your face. The serum will start developing and your skin will be left with a radiant, sun-kissed glow. If you want more colour, add a couple more drops to your moisturiser.

This product is streak-free and buildable with a natural finish and a gorgeous smell of sweet passion fruit. Priced at just £22 for 30ml, this is a must-have all year round.

There are no health benefits to natural tanning, but if you prefer to be in the sun, make sure you always wear a high factor, broad spectrum UV protection of at least SPF 30. Apply within 20 minutes of going outside and apply regularly throughout the day.  Stay hydrated, wear a hat and seek shade throughout the day (especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its hottest). 

Kelly Hollands @glow_beauty_skincare_wellbeing

As a freelance makeup artist I have worked with hundreds of women either to create ‘their everyday look’ or to mark a special occasion. I am passionate about skincare to enhance a person’s natural beauty (with or without makeup) and to help them look and feel confident on a day-to-day basis . I also run a successful salon-based business offering non-invasive, results driven treatments including Microneedling, Dermaplaning, LED light therapy or chemical peels and I sell vegan, cruelty free skincare and beauty tools to promote healthy, nourished skin.

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