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How To Get The Perfect Tan in Winter

It may be cold, dreary and windy outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t get beautiful bronzed skin in the middle of winter.

No – we definitely aren’t encouraging you to hop into a tanning bed or strip down in your backyard and soak up the sun. We are talking about the gorgeous glow that you can get in an instant from self-tanning products.

Self-tanning products have become a big market in Australia in recent years – and with good reason too!

Unlike years gone, most of us know about the health risks of exposing our skin to UV rays from the sun. Skin cancers commonly occur when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. According to the Cancer Council Australia every year skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers, the majority of which are caused by exposure to the sun. In fact, the incidence of skin cancer in Australia is one of the highest in the world at two to three times the rates in Canada, the USA and the UK.

What you may not have considered is the risk of ‘indoor tanning’. What we have come to know is that indoor tanning is no safer than exposing yourself to the sun’s  UV rays. Despite commercial solariums being banned in all states in Australia as of January 2016, a quick search of google reveals that there are still many commercial tanning beds for private sale.

Tanning beds emit both ultraviolet-A (UVA) and ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation, which damage the skin and can lead to skin cancers. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays while indoor tanning can cause skin cancers including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. UV exposure also can also cause cataracts and cancers of the eye.

We are now also wise to the many ageing effects of the sun. Exposure to the harsh UV effects from the sun breaks down the collagen and elastin in our skin, which creates more fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. This damage is irreversible.

If there were ever a time to “fake it”, this is it!

Applying a self-tanning product may seem daunting at first. After all, who hasn’t witnessed some unfortunate orange-looking person with streaky legs and patchy elbows and knees? When it comes to finding the right tanning product for you and applying it correctly, the secret is using the right tools for the right job.

Here are our top fake tan tips for building a gentle summer glow in the middle of winter:

Fake Tan Tip #1: Don’t go too hard too fast

Most people like a natural looking tan. If you are bronzed to the max in the dead of winter, well – lets just say you are going to stick out like a sore thumb!

For this reason the gradual self-tanning products on the market are a great option. Available at all the big supermarkets, the gradual tanning products are a combination of a hydrating body lotion as well as tanning agent. These types of products usually contain less of the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA) than other traditional tans meaning you can build up your tan gradually without the fear of streaking. The other benefit of a gradual tan is that you can stop when the colour looks right for you, particularly helpful when you currently look like Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Feeling brave? If you want to jump in the deep end and try a more permanent self-tanning product, be conservative when choosing your shade. You can always build up the colour but winding it back can be somewhat of a problem. Thankfully, winter coats and stockings can hide all manner of tanning sins.

Fake Tan Tip #2: Exfoliate

This may sound pretty obvious, but regular exfoliation is a must when you are applying tanning products. Any dry patches or build up of dead skin cells will lead to a patchy fake tan.

Use a gentle skin scrub and focus on your feet, shins, knees, elbows and hands or any other areas that are particularly prone to dryness.

When you do apply your tan, you want to go easy on those areas and apply less than you would to the rest of your body.

Fake Tan Tip #3: The magic mitt

Have you ever been half way into a self-tanning job only to discover you can’t reach your own back?! It’s time to phone a friend.

Of course, if you don’t have a friend to help you a large tanning mitt might just come through in a pinch. Apart from saving your hands from becoming increasingly bronzed, a tanning mitt can help you get a perfectly even and streak free tan.

If you have opted for a gradual self-tanning product you wont need to use a mitt or gloves, just use it like you would normally a moisturiser.

After you have applied the tanner, use your mitt to gently buff out any streaks and put on loose clothing when you are done.

Fake Tan Tip #4: Face it

Applying a tanning agent on your face can be a delicate matter. Many of us have sensitive skin on our face, more so than elsewhere on the body, and you may react to the ingredients in the self-tanning product. It’s always best to try a small amount in an inconspicuous place before applying it to the whole of your face.

Diluting a small amount of tanning product in some moisturiser and building it up slowly can get you better and more natural results.

If you are too nervous about applying fake tan to your face, invest in a good bronzing powder to match your face to the rest of your body.

Fake Tan Tip #5: A smooth, even tan begins with smooth, even skin 

There is no shame in faking a tan, but you can’t fake healthy, glowing skin.

Moisture is key. To preserve your fake tan longer your skin needs to be fully hydrated and protected.

Immortal Cream delivers all day hydration as well as powerful antioxidants, Vitamins A & E, and the age resistant properties of Juvefoxo to restore your skin’s elasticity and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydrate your skin and regain your glowing complexion by incorporating Immortal Cream in your daily beauty routine.