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By Kelly Hollands @glow_beauty_skincare_wellbeing

Fake it till you make it and stay safe

Summer has most certainly hit the UK!  I think I’m not the only one to have muttered the words ‘oh, it’s too hot’ many times over the last couple of weeks.  

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. Remember to always wear a high SPF daily whether using fake tan or not.

To ensure you build a smooth, non-streaky tan, it’s best to exfoliate the skin 24 hours beforehand using a non-abrasive body scrub. Pay particular attention to the elbows, knees and other dry areas of the body.

Don’t forget to exfoliate your face if applying there also, but don’t use the same product as your body as this will be too harsh. There are two main types of facial exfoliants; physical (face scrubs and clay-based masks) and chemical (acids and peels). There are so many benefits of exfoliating including cleaning and purifying clogged pores, boosting circulation, sloughing away dead skin and encouraging fresh, new cell turnover. Exfoliating will also help skincare products to penetrate deeper and will also ensure a smooth, even tan.

Skinny Tan is an 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 some self-tanning products.

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

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 skin stays dewy.  

Sun Drops is a 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 must 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). 

And remember to take your mask off first!!

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