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Summer is epic, right? Beaches beckon, there’s a killer lineup of festivals to hit up, and there are infinite BBQs, outdoor parties and weddings that require your babelicious presence. Like no other season, summer is the time to sizzle with your summer glow.
So here are our hottest tips for getting your shimmer on and maintaining that bad boy all year round. But first...
Sun damage: it’s a thing!
We don’t want to be that person, but exposing your bod to the sun’s harmful UV rays does damage your precious skin. Sure, soak up that vitamin D (there’s even an app for that to help you get your optimal boost), and definitely do slip, slop, slap and wrap (any excuse for a cute new sarong, right?), but do understand the following:
Short term damage to the skin results in painful sunburn, with long term harm causing premature ageing, skin spots, irregular skin pigmentation, and skin cancer.
Kiwis experience skin cancer at rates higher than anywhere in the world - at a sobering four times that of other western countries including the US, Canada, and the UK. It’s estimated that in New Zealand, our rate of new skin cancers tops 1,300 each week with two-thirds of us Kiwis expected to get a non-melanoma cancer in our lifetime.
And if you’re thinking you’re too young for cancer to affect you, you’d be wrong. For people aged 25 to 44 years old, melanoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer.
You hold the power of prevention in your hands
Great news, your summer tan needn’t come from the sun. DIY fake tanning can replace the risks of sun exposure and give you the same gorgeous glow. Plus, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside, you can achieve that sun smart look all year round.
Our 6 tips for applying fake tan like a pro
Shower, shave and exfoliate to remove dead outer skin layers (which don’t need a tan!). Scrub-a-dub from your footsies, ankles, knees, elbows, hands, chesticle area and face (if you’re applying there). This will avoid blotchiness and uneven coverage - and orange elbows! Try the plant-based fibre Eco Tan Extreme Exfoliating Glove for perfect smooth skin every time, and the Bondi Sands Reusable Exfoliating Mitt exfoliates and removes excess tan application for an even finish.
Summer can dry out skin so rub some natural, fragrance-free oil in the palms of your hands and apply a light coverage over your whole body giving most of the love to your footsies, ankles, knees, elbows, hands and face. Let this absorb anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes (yep, it’s a process!).
You know those body sculpture peeps with the chocolate tan? Yeah, don’t do that. You’re not in a competition to strut your stuff so go for healthy not oompa loompa! But if diving in the deep end and going full tan is not your vibe, start slow by mixing your fave moisturiser 50/50 with fake tan, or choosing a gradual tan product. You can’t apply fake tan in halves, but you can thin it down with a moisturiser, or choose a gradual product from the outset, like the Clinique Body Tinted Lotion. Or Eco Tan Organic Face Tan Water or the Bondi Sands Everyday Tanning Milk for Face, gradual tans for the face that will leave you with a gorgeous natural glow.
Oh girrrrrl, definitely use a mitt! They enable quick application, an even tan, and won’t leave you with a giveaway orange glow on your palms, fingers, knuckles and soaked into the nail beds. If you don’t have a glove, wrap your hands in a latex glove to avoid unnecessary coverage on your hands. Don’t have a mitt? This Bondi Sands Self Tan Mitt is a game-changer. Or choose a kit like the Little Honey Self Tan Kit or the Oasis Beauty Super Tan with mitt included
Fake tanning need not be restricted to when you’re at home. There are now plenty of formulations that also offer protection from the sun, with water resistance for up to two hours, like the Bondi Sands SPF 30 Tanning Oil with broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB.
If you love being light-skinned but feel like playing dress ups with a sun-kissed tan, choose a bronzer to create a temporary glow, like the Bondi Sands Bronzer Instant Tan that washes off when you’re done.
Girl, go get your glow on!!
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