As much as I do love the sun, I know that if I spent as much time in it as I wanted to, it would be pretty disastrous for my skin. Younger skin is more prone to damage than older skin, and it’s important to remember than skin damage is for live, not just a sunburnt evening. Don’t get me wrong, a little sun — and a lot of suntan lotion — is fine. In fact, it’s good for you (I’m pretty sure I run on Vitamin D, which is probably part of the reason I love to travel so) but it’s important to know the limits and look after yourself. We’ve all been there: forgotten to reapply the suntan lotion after a dip in the sea and ended up laughing off lobster-red everything for the days that follow, but whilst we poke fun, it’s actually long-term damage. I’ve done it far too many times, purely accidental, but then suffered the consequences for days. I remember as a kid, my sister and I baking myself red at our villa in Portugal, so much so that my parents made me sit inside for the rest of the holiday.
Whilst I stress the dangers of sunburn and tanning, I seemingly contract myself to say I absolutely love a tan. Golden brown limbs and a sun-kissed torso enhance my confidence no end, and make me feel far better about my body (something to do with hiding the stretch marks and imperfections no doubt). Likewise, a sun-kissed face gives me the confidence to not wear foundation and get away with a slick of mascara as my make up routine.
So thankfully, the taboos of fake tan are long gone. As are the majority of the terrible oompa-lumpa orange versions. Yep, thanks to cosmetics development, you can get sun-kissed skin in a bottle for as little as £5. Happy days. I've tried quite a few but my favourite is easily Cocoa Brown Tanning Mousse. My best friend (who’s a beauty know-it-all) suggested it to me, raving about it as not only one of the cheapest but also one of her favourites. And she’s right. Though the bottle looks mega tacky, the fake tan is actually brilliant. The thick mousse stops it from going all over the bathroom like a spray does, and it gives a really nice golden, steak-free colour. Like all of ‘em, it does stain your hands pretty badly so use a mitt and a glove to prevent awkwardness! I apply it all over once a week for a pretty natural ‘could be real’ shade, and exfoliate before I reapply it. I’ve tried this lightly on my face and though it looks fine, it really makes me breakout so instead, for my face, I swear by James Read Sleep Mask, which is more expensive but you use a lot less of it and again, it's a really natural looking colour.