Safe Tanning

The sun can do a lot of good. It regulates sleep cycles, stimulates the body’s production of vitamin D, and enhances feelings of well-being. But there’s also a downside, exposure to the sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer.


Sunshine is considered the single biggest cause of visible ageing. But you don’t have to succumb to damaging rays. Even if you’ve been a sun worshipper in the past, it’s never too late to start protecting your skin. Always apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sitting in the sun. A higher SPF does not mean longer coverage. It doesn’t matter what number sunscreen you buy, you must always reapply generously. Skincare specialists recommend reapplying sunscreen every 90 minutes and layering an SPF 15 over an SPF 30 does not get you the protection of an SPF 45. Stick to wearing the right amount of sunscreen, and reapply regularly for optimum protection. Certain medication, such as prescriptions for high blood pressure, can make you sensitive to the sun, and watch out for celery and lime and other citrus fruits that have furocoumarins. The sun interacts with these chemicals and can cause blotchy dark spots that take months to fade, so be careful when you’re sipping cocktails by the pool.

Faking It
Using tanning products is the smartest way to avoid sun damage to your skin but with so many products on the market it can be hard to decide which one will suit your complexion best.

This is a wash-off formula. The lotion has the signature Garnier smell, and if you are a fan of the brand you’ll love this. It’s easy to apply and the shade is a perfect light, natural summer glow however, it did not dry as quickly as others be. Leave this product on for at least 20-30 minutes before getting dressed.

This is the perfect product if you want a sun-kissed look in minutes. It’s a wash-off formula
with a really smooth application. Get the best results and apply straight after showering. If you are on-the-go or decide to do a quick change into a dress and want to add a sun kissed look to your legs, the sublime bronze dream legs is great. You will need very little product and it leaves a very natural finish.

Rimmel’s first ever mousse tan comes in light, medium, and dark matte. The mousse is a dark colour which makes it easier to apply and less chance of getting tan streaks. This tan develops after one hour but for the best results we recommend leaving over night and showering off the next morning.  The mousse is a gorgeous natural bronzed colour, with a red undertone rather than an orange shade. It dries quickly, so you need to be quick when applying otherwise you could be left with patches.

TanOrganic is 84 per cent aloe vera based ensuring your skin is left hydrated and moisturised. It’s an eco-certified self-tanning brand made wholly from natural and organic ingredients. This gradual tan leaves a lovely natural light tan and although the brand prides itself on not having the usual fake tan smell, we wouldn’t go that far however, that is the only complaint. There is enough oil for five to six full body applications and it’s friendly to skin.

This is by far the best buy. First of all, it is a steal at just €5.33, it smells divine, and it doesn’t leave you feeling wet. This gradual moisturising lotion applied daily, builds a radiant glowing gradual tan. We highly recommend using this product especially for those who are not masters at tanning.

1, 2, 3 of tanning

6 Exfoliate to remove any dead skin cells. This ensures tan is applied smoothly. La Maison de Senteurs Huile d’olive body scrub, €13, Marks & Spencer 7 Moisturise your elbows, knees ankles and hands. Italian summer fig body lotion, €17, The Body Shop 8 Apply with this genius double-sided invention to ensure there are no tanning stains left on your hands. Cocoa Brown pink velvet tanning mitt, €5.99, Penneys

 

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