Looking for a natural, long-lasting tan? We’ve found the best self-tanners on the market right now!
Because, while a few minutes of sun exposure everyday helps to boost your mood and vitamin D levels, gone are the days where you should be spending hours baking in the sun. Not only does prolonged sun exposure lead to more wrinkles and skin damage (think blemishes, brown spots and pigmentation), it also raises the risk of skin cancer by an alarming rate, especially in sunny South Africa.
If you’re looking for a natural sun-kissed glow, we have the answer. These tried-and tested self-tanners offer a sunless streak-free tan in no time. Plus, they’re simple to use and smell great too.
Use our pick of the best self-tanners for a flawless glow
Q. My skin hasn’t seen the sun in months. How should I get it ready for the beach?
A. Moisturising is one of the best ways to make your skin look smoother and softer to the eye. It’s also important for skin health. “Dehydrated skin is more susceptible to damage, so use a good body lotion (and face cream) regularly for at least two weeks before you go away,” says suncare expert, Abi Cleeve. You also want to prep your skin before using a self tanner, to ensure it stays on longer.
Prep your skin in 3 easy steps
Whether you’re using a self-tanner or not, body scrubs totally transform skin in minutes. For a two-in-one quick step under the shower, I love salt-in-oil scrubs, like The Body Shop Brazilian Cupaucu scrub-in Oil, R350 for 350g, as it immediately leaves skin beautifully soft.
If you’re using a self-tan product, choose a wash-off scrub, such as Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub for smooth skin, R490 for 200ml, which will leave skin more matte, and then follow that with a moisturising cream or lotion.
2. Moisturise morning and night
for at least a week before using a fake tan for the first time. Streak-free success really lies in the quality of your skin. Dove Dermaspa Goodness3 Body Lotion, R90,99 for 200ml, is velvety but lightweight.
We’re also fans of Benefit Hoola Boddess Cream, R475 for 147ml, is peach toned to help offset signs of grey and dull-looking skin, plus sinks into skin at lightning speed with a smooth , non-sticky finish.
3. Pay extra attention to your hands, knees and elbows
where skin tends to be drier, which will, in turn make self-tanners collect and appear darker once they’ve fully developed.
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A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!