Face & Body Care
Fake Your Sun kissed Glow
Summer is officially here, bring on the sun, sea, and cocktails!
Most of us feel better and more confident with a tan and enjoy showing it off in our favourite summer clothes. However, we must be sensible when it comes to achieving that summer glow!
Here at SBC we are all for the notion, ‘fake it, don’t bake it’, we don’t want you lying in the sun hours on end to achieve your desired glow, it isn’t worth the damage, the sun emits harmful UV Rays, UV stands for Ultra Violet, and there are 3 types:
- UVA – Ageing: Responsible for the formation of free radicals and photo-allergic reactions.
- UVB – Burning: Responsible for sunburn.
- UVC – Cancer: Main cause of sunburn (allows UVB rays in) and the development of skin cancer.
Self-tan is clearly much healthier for your skin than laying out in the sun, but it doesn’t last as long, and there are concerns about it looking fake. But do not fear, SBC have the solution to those problems, we have put together 7 self-tan tips to make sure you glow from head to toe all summer long…
- Prep is Key!
Put in the effort before your tan and you’ll reap the rewards during your self-tan’s lifecycle. Firstly, any hair removal should be carried out 24 hours prior to tanning. This is done to ensure the skin has calmed and any cuts have healed.
Also, if your skin is dry and you have flaky patches on it, the tan will cling to it, creating an uneven appearance that will look fake. To slough off those dead skin cells and create a smoother, more natural tan, you need to exfoliate first.
Our new Collagen Body Polish does just the job! Enriched with anti-ageing marine collagen and kukui seed oil it hydrates and smooths the skin whilst passionflower seed oil and vitamin E, nourishes and protects, added Pumice provides a very effective, yet gentle exfoliation.
For best results, we recommend applying to dry skin, work the Polish in circular and lengthways motions, pay special attention to your elbows, knees, and décolletage. It gently removes dead skin cells, whilst hydrating to create a smooth surface for the tan to be applied to, to achieve an even golden colour.
- Be Moisturiser Savvy
On the day of your tan application, be it at home or in a salon, don’t moisturise your body or wear deodorant or perfume. A tan will work best on clean, dry skin!
In a salon, your therapist would apply a barrier cream to dry skin areas, that a tan may stick to. If you are tanning at home only moisturise your hands, elbows, knees and feet as well as your nails with an Aloe Vera based moisturiser. Our Aloe Vera Skincare Gel is a perfect choice and doubles up as an effective after-sun treatment for sensitive skin types too.
- Research your Self-Tan Types
Self-tan is also about personal preference. A lotion or tanning oil is the most hydrating to the skin, a mousse is the quickest to dry and generally the easiest to apply, and a spray is the closest thing you’ll get to a professional spray tan.
Self-tans generally take 8-12 hours to develop, gradual tans build-up day on day to deepen the colour and are great for first-time tanners, instant tans are non-committal tans and wash away with water. Then there’s the newby – express tans, with a development time of 1-3 hours.
- Try a Mitt
Unless spraying – always apply using an applicator mitt – no orange palms thank you very much! Pump your product onto the mitt and apply to the skin using sweeping motions, rather than circular motions – remember you want to evenly distribute the product.
- Modify your Technique for your Face
When it comes to your face, mix the self-tan with a small amount of moisturiser to just soften the formula and minimise the chance of breakouts. Mix the two together on the mitt and gently apply to the face. For hands and feet, use the leftover residue product on the mitt from your body application and just sweep over once. That is enough! Then wipe your nails, palms and brows after application.
The two hours after your tan application are critical and you can prevent smudges by drying your skin properly. You can do this with your hairdryer, but use the cold air function! This will speed up the activation process! Dark, loose fitting clothing is vital afterward too – just in case.
- Glow Maintenance
Moisturise regularly! It is important to keep your skin hydrated – hydrated skin means a longer lasting tan. Also, be sure to avoid long hot baths and showers as these will speed up exfoliation. After a lukewarm bath or shower, make sure you pat your skin dry as rubbing your skin may rub off your tan.
Yes, your self-tan will fade – but if you do get any tell-tale patches, this is where the Collagen Body Polish can come out again, simply buff any patches gently in circular motions. This will ensure an even fade, with the bonus of keeping your skin silky smooth.
Enjoy your glow x