By Zoe Bradbury
Summer is well and truly on its way, and with that comes the promise of warmer weather, beach days and outfits that get the legs out.
Yet with statistics revealing two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, it pays to get out of the sun, reducing tanning times and think about skin-safety.
The only solution to getting a healthy, bronzed glow then comes down to self-tanners. This season, a new bunch of tanning products are on the market that promise fuss free, easy application that will leave skin luminous and bronzed, not orange and streaky.
Here’s what Bondi Beauty is adding to our tanning routines this summer.
Gradual tanners, usually in the form of lotions and moisturizers, are great for those who want to maintain a bronzed glow all season long.
They’re without the hassle of tannings mitts, and they don’t require an overnight time period to develop. They also won’t transfer onto sheets or clothes, meaning these gradual tanners can be taken and applied anywhere.
Simply incorporate into your daily moisturizing routine to build up a gorgeous glow over time.
The ModelCo Tan Jelly is an ultra-hydrating, gradual tanner that is applied daily to enhance a sun-kissed radiance and glow.
With a minimal scent, designed to soften skin, and a sheer colour that doesn’t transfer onto hands, this is product has to be a staple in any tanning routine.
A natural bronze colour is developed subtly over time, with no orange or streaks seen in sight.
It’s jelly-like, smooth texture means the product is absorbed very easily into the skin, and it’s also packed with a crystalline formula which gives the skin a subtle sparkle.
Gone are the days of coconut-smelling tanners overwhelming the bathroom with the powerful scent. Instead, the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Watermelon Infusion Body Lotion is a refreshing, fruity product that helps gradually create a natural-looking tan.
A lightweight lotion, this product can be applied every day to continuously build colour, while providing up to 72 hours of hydration, thanks to the inclusion of powerful moisture-boosting ingredient hyaluronic acid.
Absorbing into the skin quickly with a mess-free application, this can be re-applied night and day to nourish the skin while developing a depth of colour that is always sunkissed and glowing.
Another gradual tanner to maintain that bronzed glow all summer round, you can’t go past this moisturizer from cult-favourite Palmers.
Applied once a day, this Body Lotion helps to build a gradual, even tan that isn’t streaky.
Infused with pure cocoa butter and vitamin E, this moisturizer not only colours, but it also hydrates and soothes the skin.
It leaves skin feeling soft and supple, while the added Vitamin E helps to enhance the protective function of the skin and decrease the appearance of fine lines.
If one requires an instant tan for an event, gradual tanners don’t often cut it. Fake tans such as mousses, foams and spray tans are perfect for a darker, more vibrant bronzed look.
Ensuring a streak-free, smooth application is the hardest part about fake tanning, where dodgy tan lines or excess product can simply ruin a photo or night out.
To start with, ensure the skin is prepped by exfoliating to remove any dead skin cells or previous old tan. The ModelCo Tan Remover Exfoliating Soap (RPP$10 AUD) is the perfect option, effortlessly removing any remnants of old tan.
Formulated with goats’ milk and natural pumice, this helps to create a perfect base for the new tan, leaving skin soft and smooth.
When applying, always use a tanning mitt over bare hands. Nobody likes orange hands – not only does using a mitt help to reduce this and other mess, it ensures a smooth and streak-free finish.
The Byron Bay Bronze Microfibre Tanning Mitt (RRP $12.95 AUD) is our current favourite. With a plush, soft exterior, this doesn’t feel scratchy or irritating on the skin. Apply the tanner directly to the mitt and move in even, circular motions so as to ensure an even distribution.
This is one of the world’s most favourite tanners – selling one every 30 seconds worldwide. It’s popular for a reason – formulated with a unique colour-guide technology that contours and smooths the skin, it leaves the body looking bronzed and elongated with a natural glow.
An additional plus, this spray tan doesn’t require a mitt and doesn’t leave residue on hands, as it’s simply sprayed onto the skin, providing an instant burst of colour.
Developing in as little as 4 hours and up to 8 hours for a darker tone, this tanner can be reapplied for a deeper, more intense colour.
This is the new generation of mousse tanners. The SoSu by SJ Dripping Gold tans are a luxury take on fake tans that will make you look like you’re drenched in gold and smelling like the tropics of summer.
Packed full of vitamins and minerals, such as Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Goji Berry, this tan won’t just make your skin look good, it will feel good.
A deep, intense colour, this is perfect for all skin tones and is available in a variety of shades.
For a glow that says more “holiday relaxation” than sparkling glitter, the Byron Bay Bronze Ultra Dark Self Tanning Foam is the perfect bronzed pick-me-up.
This is a natural, odourless tan perfect for those wanting the deepest of colours. Its foam texture makes it simple to apply, and its also great at sticking and blending into the skin – meaning it’s unlikely to transfer on to sheets and clothes.
Containing caffeine, this self-tanner also helps to reduce inflammation in the body and improve circulation, thereby firming skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Other ingredients include Aloe Vera, which makes the product feel relieving and soft on the skin, as well as Organic Avocado Oil, which reduces amino acid turnover, extending the life of the tan.
Enriched with nourishing and hydrating aloe vera and Vitamin E, this is a tanner that doesn’t just make you bronzed, it makes your skin healthy and refreshed.
An express foam, this gives a rich bronze colour that develops in just one hour, making it perfect for preparing for events.
Smelling like the summer tropics, this product dries quickly, meaning it won’t stain clothes or transfer onto sheets.
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