It appears that our mini-summer was short-lived over the long Easter weekend, but there are whispers of another imminent British heatwave! We are looking at the safest way to achieve a glowing tan without subjecting your skin to “trauma tanning” plus how to avoid the dreaded streaky orange look when you decide to fake it.
We understand the desire for a little bit of colour, but we also understand the fear of a fake tan disaster! So what is the best approach for a safe AND glowing tan?
Tanning without traumatising skin
We spoke with one of our favourite SPF brands, Ultrasun, here’s what they had to say about tanning without traumatising skin…
One of the biggest sun protection myths contributing hugely to long-term skin damage is that you should go red before you go brown. The fact is that as soon as the skin reddens, it’s shouting for help! This is known as “trauma tanning” which is the result of inadequate protection.
Instead of a deep golden tan that lasts for weeks, the skin burns and sheds as a method of protecting itself, leaving the skin damaged and tan-less in days.
By selecting an SPF that is right for YOUR skin and gradually introducing skin to the sun, you can achieve a longer lasting tan.
A first to the market, Ultrasun has combined tan activating ingredients alongside high level UVA and UVB filters in a broad spectrum solution – sounds too good to be true, right? Here’s what Ultrasun’s MD and skin expert, Abi Cleeve said “We created this formula in the hope of encouraging less sun exposure, which will mean less skin and cellular damage and sun reaction.”
This innovative ingredient is a natural tan enhancer and has been shown to accelerate the tanning process by over 40% in ten days. It works by increasing the natural production of melanin – the pigment that gives our skin colour – whilst the high SPF and UV protection that we can always rely on from Ultrasun, means you are still protected from burning or premature ageing.
Faux glow…not tango!
There are increasingly more and more innovative ways to achieve a glowing tan without compromising sun safety or looking like an Oompa Loompa!
Tanning products that can be introduced into your normal routine offer a customisable approach to tanning, allowing you to create your perfect shade by combining them with your favourite moisturiser or serum.
We’ve shortlisted our top three products for a streak-free, beautiful and natural glow!
These unique drops are easy to use, allowing you to create a customisable shade as you add the desired amount to your moisturiser or serum for a healthy glowing tan.
Morning or night, mix 2-3 drops of Dr Sebagh Self-Tanning Drops in the palm of your hand with a nut-sized amount of your usual moisturiser or serum. The deeper the colour you want to achieve, the more drops you should mix.
Apply uniformly to perfectly cleansed skin, wash hands immediately after use and get ready to glow!
This innovative self-tanner provides skin with a sun-free radiant and healthy-looking glow, whilst also containing anti-ageing properties. HEV Melanin prevents the effects of High Energy Visible Light (HEV) the blue light emitted by smartphones, tablets and laptops, which can have similar anti-ageing effects as UV light.
Swiss Clinic’s version of the self-tan drops work instantly to deliver an even and natural tan that lasts.
The paraben-free formula is enriched with skin-loving ingredients to hydrate, replenish and protect skin whilst also building an even tan that lasts. Vitamin E protects your skin and retains moisture. Fucogel soothes and continues to moisturise skin throughout the day. DHA provides the best, prolonged tint for a natural tan and Erythrulose combines with DHA for an even, long-lasting skin tone.
For the best results, combine the Swiss Clinic Self-Tan Drops with a Hyaluornic Acid serum or moisturiser to extended the effect 3 times!
It couldn’t be easier to get your glow on with this simple to use mist. Just hold 30cm away, spray directly onto your face and body, avoiding the hairline.
Oskia Adaptive Tan Mist works in three phases. The first provides a healthy glow within 3 to 4 hours. The second boosts melanin within the skin providing a natural protective tan without exposing the skin to sun damage. The third and final phase provides a deep long-lasting tan.
This fine and refreshing tanning mist contains a natural Jasmine and Mint scent, formulated with a unique skin conditioning formula and natural ingredients such as MSM, Pea Peptides, Amino Acids, Monks Pepper, White Tea and Vitamins C, E and Pro Vitamin B5.
Interested in achieving a faux glow? For all these products and more, speak to our skin care experts on 0113 282 7744 or shop online now.
Written for you by: Alex, Face the Future
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