Faking That Tan Line: Your Guide to a Safe Faux Glow

How to tan safely on vacation
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Let’s face it, a great tan makes you look like a million dollars on the outside, and feel fantastic on the inside.

These days looking instantly svelte and bronzed has never been easier, so before your all-inclusive vacation, Fake that Bake!

Grabbing a few rays

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A little sun exposure on holiday is often a good enough reason in itself to book our next vacation. Escaping the cold and damp weather of home can only serve to lighten our spirits and darken our skin. And a post-holiday glow feels fabulous, but hours of lizard-like sunbathing is not the healthy way to go about it.

Some sobering facts

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“Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.”  Bill Gates

According to the America Academy of Dermatology, one in five US citizens will develop cancer in their lifetimes. That’s a sobering thought. With projected figures such as invasive melanoma to be the fifth most common cancer for men (46,870 cases) and the seventh most common cancer for women (29,510 cases) in 2016, we’re all having second thoughts about sun exposure. A huge 75% of all skin cancer deaths are from melanoma – but if caught and treated early enough there is high success rate in complete cure.

But why tempt fate? As Grandma used to say, prevention is far better than cure. Actually, that was Desiderius Erasmus, but Grandma is always right.

Tanning safely

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But let’s not spoil the fun of achieving that golden glow – let’s go faux!

It’s healthier, easier, and you can look your best on Day 1 of your vacation, as you stride along the shore already bronzed and healthy-looking. You’ll look leaner, longer and toned.

It’s so simple to achieve an all-over, even tan, there are lots of quality products on the market.

Hacks for the best Faux Glow

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  • Choose an all-natural and chemical free product, no nasty parabens and packed with pure and natural ingredients that will not pollute the oceans.
  • Always exfoliate your skin beforehand, and moisturise well for a great streak-free finish to your faux tan.
  • Use a mitt to apply the product for a DIY tan, avoiding the ankles and knees – employ a best friend to do your back and areas that are hard to reach.
  • If you’re more inclined to let the experts handle it, then go for a spray tan instead. Always choose a shade less than what you think you want – nobody wants to look like a teak table. Remember Ross in that episode of Friends?!

Tanning slowly

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And of course, you will still want to lie on the beach, and relax poolside too. So just tackle it sensibly, with a high factor sun protection cream, and remember to do it slowly, an hour to start, increasing with vacation time, and as your city complexion turns from washed out white to a golden shade of brown. Wear a hat, use sunglasses, spend time under the shaded areas. If you’re traveling with kids, sunblock is really the only way to go. Our parents may not have known any better, but we sure do.

Whether you tan safely, or fake bake it with that faux glow, enjoy your well-deserved vacation!

Have you any faux-tanning funny stories to tell? Drop us a comment!

About Carol Byrne 29 Articles
Originally from Dublin, Carol has also lived in London and Wales before settling in Spain with her husband and family in 2006, and is published regularly on travel and more from her mountain-top home in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Driven by a passion for travel, history, other cultures, and sustainable living, she enjoys life with her family in a traditional and tiny village. She also blogs about her traditional village life, sparked by a passion for the diverse culture and history of Spain.

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2 Comments

  1. Good information. I did have a friend who used a product that looked good when first on her skin but, the longer she was in the sun the more her skin changed color and darken. The dark color was blotchy and not at all attractive. I suppose she should have researched the product before applying or at least tried it at home in a place not usually exposed.

    • Hi Susan,

      Wow – I can only imagine the angst she must have suffered watching her skin change color like that! If it were me, I’d head for the nearest body shop and ask to be sandblasted…..well okay actually I’d go to the Spa and see if they can do a vigorous exfoliation treatment to see if it would help.

      But let her disaster be a lesson to the rest of us, because you’re point is a very good one – always test a product first, and ideally in a location that won’t be seen by others if it doesn’t turn out well. It’s also a good reason to see a professional – for example a spray-tan salon – as the staff there are normally very well trained on choosing the right shade and ensuring an all-over even tone…..with the added benefit of no orange palms!

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