Prolong your summer tan without sun exposure: We show you how

By Rosangely Gómez

One of the perks about summer is the tosty, healty and golden look of our skin that we get as a result of outdoor activities. Butit’s no secret that excessive ultraviolet rays exposure can negatively affect our skin cells. More often than not, especially during the Summer, many of us enjoy the healthy glowing tanned skin look. But, what really happens to our skin when it gets sun tanned? 

Exposure to sunlight produces melanin and darkens our skin as a protective effect against UV rays. The tan fades with time because the skin cells regenerate. As a result, the skin may lose elasticity and develop premature aging. So, how can we continue to rock that bronzed look without all the repercussions? 

Recently,tanning lotions have been stepping up their game. These have turned out to be less messy and troublesome due to their new manufacturing techniques. The amazing benefits for self tanners include, that your skin does not age as fast, you decide how deep you want to tan, it is a quick alternative and it’s easy to maintain. 

Plus, there’s no peeling after! Because none of us desire to be dealing with premature aging, burned out skin or even worse, a serious skin conditions, we have created a list of recommended self-tan products proven to be effective and the key to the healthy glowy bronzed skin of your dreams. 

St Tropez Self Tan Mousse

Instead of a spray, this self tanner comes out as a mouse that blends easily and evenly without causing any undesired accidents. Reviewers pointed out that it dries quickly and is transfer proof.

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion

Many reviewers were impressed by how good this self tanner works. Retailing for only $9, the L’Oreal self tanner “dries almost instantly with no stickiness” explains one of its buyers. Also, some commented about it having a golden glow to it: “It gives you a really nice glow, definitely boost my confidence, it does have a lot of sparkles, but I don’t mind because im young so it’s nice to shimmer.” 

Organic Coola Sunless Tan Luminizing Body Serum

Coola Sunless Tan works with natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Boabab seed oil and DHA to achieve the healthy tanned skin. Reviewers described it as lightweight and luminous. One said: “the product absorbs and dries quickly, so no long wait time to get dressed.”

Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid

It’s designed to last up to one week, if followed the applying directions correctly. Many users praise that it does not transfer to clothing and dries quickly. “I didn’t see any streaking whatsoever. It is best to exfoliate well before using” wrote one buyer. 

There are many healthy alternatives to a suntan. The best part is that you get to choose the ingredients, shade and type of tanning you want. If you still prefer to tan while exposing yourself to the sun, remember to use sunblock, a cap and to avoid suntanning between the hours of 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

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