Whether you've got naturally golden undertones in your skin or are a little more on the 'pale and interesting' side, there are few of us who don't look a little better with a healthy glow. When it's done right, a tan can make you look slimmer, healthier, hide uneven skintone and disguise cellulite.
If you're heading to sunnier shores and want to tan naturally, think safety first. From prepping your skin with a moisturiser and using high SPFs in the right way to protect yourself from harmful rays, there are many ways you can ensure you build up a subtle glow safely and naturally.
If you prefer to use self-tans and avoid sun exposure (I know we do) preparation is just as important - think scrubs, mitts, moisturisers and the magic power of oils to correct a streaky tan. So many of us are put off using self-tanners by bad past experiences with streaks, stained bedsheets and biscuity smells, but these days formulas have moved on and if you prepare your skin correctly, you'll be on to a winner.
Moisturising is one of the best ways to make your skin look smoother and softer to the eye, and to prep skin before using a fake tan.
It's also vital in keeping your skin healthier and more protected in the sun, according to Abi Cleeve, suncare expert for Ultrasun, "Dehydrated skin is more susceptible to damage, so use a good body lotion (and face cream) regularly for two weeks before you go away."
Moisturise morning and night for at least a week before stepping on a plane or using a fake tan for the first time. Streak-free success really lies in the quality of your skin.
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