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Fake your way to sun-kissed skin


Fake your way to sun-kissed skin
Fake your way to sun-kissed skin with these top tips for a flawless faux tan.

Summer is the season for sun-kissed skin. And with warmer days just a matter of weeks away we’re already putting serious thought into our beauty regimen. While we love a good golden glow, we’re also well aware of how important it is to forgoing the sun’s harmful rays and reaching for a self-tanning formulation.

Fortunately for all smart sun worshipers, one of our favourite self-tanning brands Bondi Sands has launched a collection of suncare lotions and oils that protect and nourish skin. Available from Life Pharmacy, Unichem and Farmers, the range is perfect for beach bound beauties: the formulations are non-greasy, water-resistant and ready for surf and sand.

To get you in the mood for summer’s imminent arrival, check out co-founder of Bondi Sands, Blair James’ top tips for a flawless faux tan.


Bondi Sands Sunscreen Oil SPF 15 $19.99, Sunscreen Oil SPF 30 $21.99 and Tanning Oil $24.99

What’s the most common self-tanning mistake people make?

The most common mistake is not exfoliating thoroughly before applying self-tanning formula, which will result in a streaky tan. Using a good quality exfoliation mitt on softened skin in a hot shower will help remove dead skin cell and leave you a smooth canvas to apply your tan.

There are a plethora of self-tanning formulations available these days. How do we figure out what product to use?

Each formulation will deliver a slightly different result and length of the tan may also vary. Generally the faster the tan is to apply the quicker is will fade. Mists are very quick to apply but offer very little moisturisation and do not penetrate far into the skin. Foams offer much more moisturisation and due to the application method penetrate further into the skin and finally lotions are very moisturising and a rub thoroughly into the skin and in general will last the longest on the skin.

Selecting a level of tan that is right for your skin type is also important. If your skin is very pale then going for an ultra dark product may not look natural on your skin as opposed to a light/medium may actually deliver the natural golden appearance everyone is after.

I want my skin to look golden, but I want it to look natural, like I’m not wearing self-tanning product. How do I achieve this?

As mentioned in the previous question, choosing a level of tan that matches your skin type is key. Gradual tanning products are so popular right now and are
now available in many different types of application. Gradual tanning products allow the user to build their colour over a number of days, in turn eliminating the chance of streaks and allowing the user to keep applying until they reach their desired level of tan


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