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UV damage from sun exposure is responsible for the majority of skin cancers according to LaserCare Clinics. As well as the inherent health risks, too much sun can also cause and exacerbate a range of skin conditions. Sun spots, fine lines and deep wrinkles are all more common among sun worshippers than those who know to keep cool in the shade.
It is important to remember that UV is not just present in sun rays. Turning away from a sun lounger and moving to a UV tanning bed is just as bad for you. Premature ageing and uneven skin pigmentation are just two of the skin conditions regular tanning bed users are susceptible to.
You might be desperate to get a golden glow, but if you want healthy skin, limiting your UV exposure should be your top priority. There are a whole range of self-tanning products that will give you a pop of added radiance, without putting your complexion or your health at risk.
When selecting the right self tan for your needs, remember that it is not just about getting the darkest colour. You want to look sun kissed, not varnished. Always select a shade that will tone in with your hair and natural complexion.
Next, exfoliation is a key. If you fail to properly smooth your skin, you risk tanning products bonding to dry or rough patches, giving you’re a darker, uneven result.
Some of our favourite self tanning products include:
Guinot Lait Auto Bronze – Self-Tanning Body Lotion: This easy to use self-tanner has a subtle tint, giving you a streak-free application for the whole body. Moisturising and regenerating the skin whilst rapidly producing a long-lasting, natural-looking golden tan without the sun.
Thalgo Satin Tanning Oil – Huile Satinante Bronzante: For darker skin tones or already tanned skin. A protective and nourishing oil for the hair and body! A satiny oil with a velvety texture. Also the skin develops an intense, lasting tan while hair is protected and nourished.
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint: This liquid mineral tint offers a sun-kissed glow while gently blending and softening the appearance of blemishes and imperfections.