Skin damage from sun exposure starts from the very first minute you sit in the sun.
We all know about the risk of skin cancer from sun-bathing, but even if you're lucky and manage to avoid this, sun damage will still break down collagen and elastin in the skin and cause premature ageing.
Always wear a good sunscreen.
Apply it liberally half an hour before sun exposure, and reapply after swimming.
Want an easy, low maintenance faux tan? Consider a gradual tanner.
These multi-tasking products moisturise and give a slight hint of colour which builds up over a few days to give a very natural tan. Simply apply every day after showering.
Gradual Tan Product picks:
Joico Skin Luxe Shimmering Gradual Self Tanner RRP $25, This shimmering self-tanning lotion gradually builds an even, natural-looking tan, without the sun.
St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body RRP $60.30 – Every Day Body, is a gentle hydrating, paraben-free body moisturiser with a touch of self-tan for natural healthy-looking radiance.
Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion RRP $7.09, The unique combination of active Dove moisturisers and a hint of self tanning agents will gradually build a light tan to leave your skin silky smooth.
Before applying any self-tan, gently exfoliate the body in the shower first to create a smooth canvas for your colour. A facecloth or gentle exfoliating gloves and some body wash will do the trick.
Go easy and don't over scrub your skin. If you have old, built up tan which is proving hard to scrub off, a soak in the bath followed by gentle exfoliation will help lift the colour.
Pre-Tan Preperation Product Picks
Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub RRP $66.50, A natural two-in-one body polishing treatment, which gently buffs away dead skin cells and cleans pores at the same time.
SunSense Pre Tan Scrub RRP $15.00, Contains exfoliating particles to smooth and soften skin.
Weleda Birch Body Scrub RRP $19.90, Contains natural plant wax pearls and pure plant oils gently massage skin supporting cell renewal.
Self-tanners come in a range of textures and applicators. Sprays are super easy, and a tinted spray will guide your application.
Lotions and Mousses will generally be more moisturising, just make sure you wash hands well after applying.
Self Tan Product picks:
Model Co Tan Airbrush in a Can RRP $44.95, Goes on like a fine mist, leaving you with a smooth, natural tan.
ST. Tropez Bronzing Mousse RRP $60.30, Infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting colour, you’ll have a perfectly natural looking, streak free tan that dries in an instant.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer RRP$24.99 The formula is enriched with fast-action self-tanners, anti-oxidants and Vitamin E for a smooth, streak-free, even-looking golden skin tone.
Moisturising dry areas first will avoid colour "grabbing" and looking blotchy. Avoid streaking by working on one area at a time, and applying your tan in circular motions.
If you aren't confident, call in the experts. Professional spray tans give excellent results, and many spray tanning companies offer an in-home service.
Keeping skin in great condition will prolong your spray tan, so avoid long hot showers, pat skin dry with a towel instead of rubbing, and keep the skin hydrated with twice daily moisturising.
Gradual tanners are also fantastic for keeping spray tan colour looking fresh.
In a rush? Apply a cosmetic bronzing cream or spray that will shower off. These work like foundation for the legs and body.
One Time Tanner Product Picks:
Model Co One NIght Tan RRP $33.95 (150g), Deep bronze glow with no self-tanning agents you can use One Night Tan daily as it washes of easily with soap and water.
ST. Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Body Mousse RRP $44.99, This ultra light-weight, velvety mousse delivers an exceptionally smooth, instant, golden glow. Free from DHA, Wash Off Instant Glow Mousse is non-transferable so you can tan and go.
– Stephanie Coulter