A darker shade of pale

You’ve been told 100 times, and I’ll tell you again – THE ONLY SAFE TAN IS A FAKE ONE!

Self tanning products have come a very long way from the orange, streaky, burnt biscuit smelling nightmares of a few years ago. So there really is no excuse to cook your skin in the sun or on a sunbed.

Even though self tan has been around for years, many people still don’t know how it works, so we got the science buffs from Caribbean Tan to explain. ‘The main active ingredient in nearly all self tans is dihydroxyacetone or DHA, a sugar cane derivative; this reacts with the amino acids on your skin’s surface. This process produces pigments called melanoidins, which is similar to the melanin pigments which are produced by sun exposure, but without UVA and UVB damage to the underling layers of skin. Give the skin a ‘tanned’ look.’

Exfoliating before you apply self tan is the best way to ensure an even colour. If you don’t exfoliate, the product will soak into dehydrated areas more than others. This is why you need to pay attention to knees, elbows, hands and feet as these tend to be drier than the rest of the body. Applying a thin layer of moisturising cream to these areas after exfoliating is even better.

Apply moisturising cream every day to prolong your tan.

Do It Yourself

– Perricone MD No Sun Tanner, R900

– Nivea Summer Body Firming Gradual Tan Body Lotion for Fair to Medium Skin, R48.99

– Caribbean Tan Instant Tan in a Can, R89.99 (available at Clicks and Dischem)

– Xen-Tan Deep Bronze, R265

– Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Body Lotion, R65

– Caribbean Tan Body Exfolia Pre Tan, R89.95 (Clicks and selected salons)

Pay Someone Else

Caribbean Tan Self Tan 1 tanning session, from R200; 2 tanning sessions, from R300 or 4 tanning sessions, from R540

Visit http://www.caribbeantan.co.za or call 0860cosmetix for nearest salon.

Xen Tan Self Tan, from R290 including pre-tan exfoliation. Visithttp:// www.xen-tan.co.za for stockist details.

Aviva Spraytan, from R250. Visit www.spraytan.co.za for stockist details.

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