I love being tanned. I mean why won’t I? It makes me look slimmer, healthier and makes any imperfections less visible. It’s the ultimate confidence booster and if you’re a fellow pale gal you are probably on the same boat as me. Having said that, I definitely used to be one of those girls that would lie in the sun all day in the summer and then use sunbeds all winter long. And I wasn’t using much sun protection, or ever top it off during the day either. As I grew older though I’ve come to realize how silly and reckless I was with my skin. The side effects of sun /UV exposure are real, weather we want to acknowledge them or not.
Nowadays the pressure of looking like supermodels and ‘Instagram babes’ is exactly what makes some of us feel like we have to be tanned in order to be pretty. I’ve caught myself fall in that trap before and that is what’s made me book an appointment for the nearby tanning studio on a few occasions.
Trust me though, there are far better and healthier ways to achieve that beautiful golden goddess look. The damage of sun / UV exposure is just not worth it in my opinion. I really don’t want risking getting skin cancer or even just cause premature aging on my skin, so that’s why I always cover myself whilst I’m having fun in the sun, slather on SPF and just stick to fake tan.
The fake tan companies have upped their game drastically in the past few years and now we can get beautiful natural-looking golden glow without ending up looking like an Oompa Loompa. There are tons of fab products on the market, suited for all skin tones and since trying my fair share I narrowed my faves to 3 and here’s all you need to know about them:
Bondi Sands Tanning Foam in Dark (currently on sale here)
For all-over-the-body tanning, things don’t really get any better than this Bondi Sands foam. It gives the most natural sun kissed color I have ever seen in a fake tan before. No orange, just beautiful bronze and depending on the layers you go for (up to two) you can actually get it look really dark, which I love. Bondi Sands are now releasing an Ultra Dark version too, which I cannot wait to try as well! As for the application – I use this St. Tropez mitt and it literally takes me ten minutes to do all of my body. The good news is that the tan is not streaky, doesn’t accentuate dry patches and fades evenly. It lasts for about a week on me, which is rather impressive indeed. The Tanning Foam is one of the more affordable fake tans out there but don’t let that fool you – it’s seriously the best one I’ve tried and ticks all the boxes.
Sally Hansen Airbrushed Legs (here)
On days when I just want my limbs out I always opt for this godsend product. It’s basically like foundation for your legs – it adds beautiful golden color and hides any imperfections. If you are a fellow member of the random bruise crew – you *need* this in your life pronto! It takes me less than 3 minutes to do both my legs and I love how beautiful and even the finish is. Airbrushed Legs is also waterproof, so perfect for pool parties!
Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster (here)
I’ve spoken about this gem before and I still absolutely love everything about it. I know some people do it, but I personally never put body fake tan on my face – I’m just too scared it might break me out. So I opt for this self-tanning concentrate for the face by Clarins. I put a few drops in my evening moisturizer and apply all over my face and neck. In the morning I’m greeted by the most beautiful and healthy-looking sun-kissed golden glow. It’s even, non-streaky and there are no accentuated dry patches in sight. This has never irritated my skin as well and it’s a firm summertime essential.
Do you like to sunbathe or just stick with using fake tan? Which are your favorite tanning products?
Lots of love,