The American Academy of Dermatology now attributes 90–95 percent of skin ageing to sun exposure
90-95%? – GULP!
The advice you’ll see everywhere is to always use a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.
If you haven’t got time to trawl the aisles looking for a product that ticks these boxes, I recommend Riemann’s P20 SPF20 sunscreen.
P20 SPF20, absorbs 95% of the sun’s UVB (burning) rays, and offers 10 hours of protection with a single application to allow you a slow, gradual tan.
It’s a slightly eye watering, strong chemical smelling, viscousy liquid which is horribly sticky until it dries (in about 10-15 minutes). On my pale skin it creates a slight yellow cast – which come to think of it, is quite handy really. I’m off to buy a bottle now.
Boots online are selling it for £10.49
One thing to note is that as it is waterproof, you must wash it off properly, with soap, at the end of the day, or it’ll ruin your towels/bed linen.
It’s true that a real tan makes you look and feel fabulous, but the long-term damage it does to your skin is irreversible. Why would you willingly accelerate your skin’s ageing especially if it’s totally preventable?
Plus, I feel the deeply tanned look is so common now it’s become a bit dated. However, faking it is still the safe way to go and it seems as if ‘new and improved, natural looking’, fake tans come out every few months, so it is always worth experimenting.
I’m not one for a real tan anyway, but to fake it, my old reliables are the classics:
- Clarins Self Tanning Mousse – not the ‘Cream’ version!
- Famous Dave’s Self Tan
- Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder
I’ll be testing out a few new ones too, including Liz Earle’s Natural Glow Bronzer.
Enjoy the sun, but protect your skin.