The safest and best way to fake the bronzed look

Beauty Rimmel Sun Shimmer

Beauty Rimmel Sun Shimmer

IT WAS reported last week that a young mum of two died from skin cancer after she developed melanoma.

Her family blamed her incessant use of sunbeds to top up her tan as the cause of the cancer. Research has shown that people who have ever used a sunbed are 20 percent more likely to develop melanoma later in life.

It prompted me to write a piece on an alternative and much safer way to getting a bronzed look.

Understandably, most people want to have that fresh-holiday glow all year round and the best way to achieve this is to avail of the vast selection of false tans.

After all false tan is fast becoming a booming industry with more and more beauty labels releasing their own version.

When purchasing a fake tan a number of factors need to be taken into consideration including how strong the scent is, how quickly it dries, how long it lasts, whether it’s suitable to your skin or if it’s known for being patchy.

Some of the best known fake tan staples include St. Tropez, White to Brown, Fake Bake (though can be quite messy) and Clinique. Known for their easy application, subtle scent and long-lasting developing tan, these four brands can be classed as reliable and good to have at all times. Prices range from £9.99 to £21.99 for these tans.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting tan (i.e. up to three weeks) then try Vita Liberata PHenomenal Medium priced at £37.50. It claims to last four times longer than any other as well as nourishing and conditioning the skin.

Something cheap, quick and handy will always be Rimmel’s Sun Shimmer, pictured.

It comes in liquid and mousse form and a range of matte and shimmer colours. Cheaply priced at under £5, this is great for a quick top-up.

Its release selling price was just £2.99, but after becoming hugely popular it jumped to £9.99. But Sally Hansen tan is still worth every pound. Easy application, dries quickly, instant colour, no patchy bits and still maintains its colour after showering.

If, like me, you’re a fan of bareMinerals, then give their Faux Tan Body Sunless Tanner a go. Reasonably priced at £20, it features a mineral copper complex that claims to prolong your tan. It also contains aloe vera and vegetable-derived emollients known for leaving skin hydrated and smooth.

Be sure to exfoliate and moisturise your skin before application as some tans can leave it feeling quite dry and it also helps to mask the dreaded tan scent.

The best way of applying false tan is by using a tanning mit. Great for keeping tan off our hands.

Finally, a great tip for removing tough false tan is by using washing up liquid, perfect for getting rid of the orange palms.

These false tans can be purchased from chemists or beauticians.

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