Getting glowing, sun-kissed skin just got a lot simpler.
Don’t look like a basketball these holidays.
With the warmer weather fast approaching, this gives us the best excuse to stock-up on some of the best products for a natural looking tan. Whether you prefer a cream, spray, mousse or even a shimmer, below are just some of the easiest (and best products) to give you an amazing fake tan.
If you want an easy, hassle-free tan that dries in just minutes, then mousse is probably the best option for you. Moisturise your ankles, knees, neck, and elbows before applying any tanning product onto your skin. These place are most likely to attract all the colour, so keep them well hydrated to avoid this common mistake.
As a general rule, use two pumps on each leg, one pump on each arm, two pumps on your torso, and one on the back. Buff in the product with a tanning mitt, and instead of using circular motions, simply wipe the product downwards. This will create the most natural application, and won’t cause any streaks either. Pat well into your arms and legs to avoid white spots.
Sunescape Hydrating Self Tan Mousse, $39.95
For a quick sun-kissed glow, use an instant tanning lotion on your arms and legs. This will create the most natural looking tan on your skin without looking too artificial or over the top. The quick-drying formula is infused with shea butter and aloe vera extract to keep skin feeling nourished, and won’t cause it to dry-out. To avoid orange hands, use a wipe to quickly clean-off any of the residue from your palms.
ModelCo Instant Tan Self-Tan Lotion, $15
This is a little trick if you are absolutely terrible at tanning your hands and feet. Use a instant spray and mix together with a small (pea-sized) amount of moisturiser. Mix well, and let the formula dry on your skin for 3-5 minutes. Wash your hands with some soap and cold water, then pat-dry. Done!
Bondi Sands Summer Bronze Instant Tan, $17.99
To finish your entire look, achieve an all-body glow with a slight shimmer. The quick drying formula doesn’t settle into your pores, but instead gives skin an air-brushed look. One pump is enough for each leg, and make sure to apply in circular motions for a natural finish.
Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow, $49.95
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It may still be a little cold outside but spring will be in the air in no time. And with it will come parties, racedays, events and let’s not forget wedding/engagement party season. While you’d be forgiven for having skin so pale that it’s almost transparent, nothing sets off a gorgeous gown, festive frock or simple sundress like a hint of golden glowing skin. Here are some of our fave fake bakes and bronzing powders that won’t break the bank:
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola, $55
Benefit Hoola is a bronzing powder which gives a healthy, natural-looking tan to the complexion. It comes complete with a soft, natural-bristle cheek brush.
Bloom Bronzing Powder, $35
Bloom’s Bronzing Powder is the perfect shade for creating a radiant, sunkissed glow. Made from an exquisite blend of finely milled silk powder, purified talc and glistening mica. This oil-free, non-comodogenic formula is also infused with lavender essential oil.
La Mav Sunkissed Bronzer, $29.95
La Mav Sunkissed Bronzer provides a beautiful natural sun-kissed glow to your skin all year round. Perfect for contouring facial features especially cheekbones nose and chin. Simply buff the Bronzer with La Mav Vegan Kabuki Brush on a desired area.
ModelCo Natural Tan Self-Tan Lotion, $14.95
ModelCo Natural Tan Lotion is a self-tan lotion that leaves skin golden, bronzed and moisturised. The tanning lotion has been formulated with antioxidant-rich sweet almond oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, cocoa butter, goji berries and aloe vera, along with sugar-based DHA to deliver a fast-acting golden colour that won’t dry out the skin.
You may have only just heard about the growing trend of skin bleaching, which is often surprising to hear about when there are thousands of videos and articles showing a step-by-step to achieve a healthy bronzed glow. So what exactly is the problem? Men and women who bleach their skin often resort to dangerous methods in order to get the lightest skin tone, as fast as possible. But is skin bleaching no different to tanning, in order to look like someone you’re not?
Many celebrities including Beyonce Knowles, Nicki Minaj and even Rihanna have been called out for their dramatically lighter skin tone. But has this been achieved through lighter face and body makeup, or something more sinister? Skin bleaching has made it’s way to the streets, with many people resorting to DIY concoctions which are harmful to their skin and overall health. Some popular but highly harmful ways to bleach skin include using peroxide, hair dye and then wrapping the body with aluminium foil for prolonged periods of time to make the process work that much faster.
Is there a safe way to bleach your skin?
A quick Google search will suggest a plethora of forums, articles and websites solely dedicated to lightening your skin. Some of these methods suggest using natural products such as lemon, milk and turmeric, but others dangerously resort to peroxide for a lighter skin tone.
There are a number of products on the market which are known to even out skin tone, and lighten the appearance a troubled complexion. Most of these products are made from hydroquinone which has traditionally been used to lighten dark patches, remove liver spots and decrease the appearance of hyper-pigmentation. Using concentrated amounts of hydroquinone won’t harm the skin, but too much exposure could lead to itchiness, blisters, puffiness, and many other serious side effects if left on the skin for prolonged periods of time.
Insecurities about skin colour
Rather than lightening or darkening skin, we should be teaching acceptance and to love the skin you’re in. Harming your health shouldn’t be at the price of having a great tan, or bleaching the body for super-white skin. The long term effects are not nearly discussed enough, and unfortunately a lack of knowledge leads people to resort to drastic methods for their ideal skin tone.
In 2012, VICE filmed a documentary in Jamaica which uncovered a growing trend of skin bleaching amongst young women and men who seemingly tried to mimic celebrities and people of interest in the media. Although this isn’t only limited to countries such as Jamaica, or even Korea where whitening skin is an acceptable practice. There are many whitening creams available in your local chemist if you look hard enough.
What are your thoughts on skin bleaching? Is it comparable to using fake tan or a sun-bed in order to change your skin tone?
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By Felicia Sapountzis