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Fake tan: is it really worth it?

fake tanFake tan is hugely popular as tanning in the sun is dangerous and out of style, this much we know. However, we can’t deny a warm, bronze glow on the skin can be flattering and healthy looking. With summer just around the corner and we shed layers, we also show more skin. So, do we fake it or not?

If you saw the Apprentice last week you’ll have seen the popularity of fake tan, even when sold off a table in the middle of a shopping centre with no real credibility behind it! So what is it about fake tan that attracts us? Quite simply it is the desire to be perceived as being beautiful and how better to the that than with a bottle of fake tan if you are not in a position to take a sun kissed holiday for 2 months in the sun. There are pitfalls though so do read on!

Fake Tan facts

According to St. Tropez, one of the UK’s leading fake tan brands, 41% of the nation’s women use fake tan. It’s become almost uniform for celebrities to be bronzed to some degree. Sporting a healthy glow is thought to show affluence but for many of us, going a shade or two darker hides a multitude of skin impurities. But you can’t flick through a gossip magazine during summer without seeing pictures of some fake tan embarrassment. Streaks, dayglo orange, blotches and visible tan lines, despite the best efforts of application and how much you may have paid, you risk to look tacky and artificial. With the Katie Prices of this world, we almost come to expect it but even A-listers such as Kiera Knightly are not immune to fake tan disasters. Poor Christina Aguilera was torn to shreds by the media when a mysterious trail of dark liquid trickled down her leg whilst performing at Etta James’ funeral earlier this year.

Fake Tan Spray Booths

Despite the debate over whether bronzing out of a bottle looks classy or not, the popularity of fake tanning is not waning. Many of our beauty therapists are offering it as standard plus spray tan booths are germinating the local high street and the neighbourhood parade of shops. Modern devices offer a smooth, airbrush like quality, so you wonder how it can ever go wrong. Even with all this technology, the temptation of oneupmanship is too strong, even Hollywood stars measuring too strong on the orange-o-metre.

It is completely possible to simply introduce a better skin routine, drinking more water, eating a balanced diet and strategically using a quality bronzing powder to create the same sort of glow. Also consider that some colour garments will make you look more pale, so blend your outfit to match your complexion.

DIY Fake Tan

If you are going the DIY bottle tan route, be warned. It takes a lot of practice to get it right plus you absolutely must follow some steps for a smooth finish, exfoliating, moisturising and having the lemon juice to hand. Happily with the internet, there’s a good stack of posts with excellent tips for application!

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