Published on November 27th, 2014 | by Neharika Sabharwal
Fake a tan!
As a nation obsessed with fair skin, women in India are finally realizing that the secret of looking sexier, healthier and even thinner lies in sporting that golden tan
The glory days of lightening creams are serums maybe finally coming to a close. As Pale sickly look is definitely out and sun kissed skin is the hottest fashion accessory making the rounds. Don’t believe us? Just Google the latest looks of Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Moss and Jessica Alba and you’ll have your proof. Tanning, unlike the dark ugly monster us Indian girls think it to be, is actually about having a healthy, honey glow.
The right way
Just a small amount of this colour can smooth over blotchy skin, unevenness, discoloration and speak volumes about your health. Now, this doesn’t imply you go out baking yourself in the sun in the name of fashion. Tans are caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps and can cause aging, skin cell damage and the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma. Luckily, there is a way to get that bronzed glow without risking your health. You just got to fake it! These days more and more women are turning to tan sprays, bronze body oils and makeup bronzers to get that gold kissed complexion. These options pose no threat and can give you that desired dusky look lasting anywhere from a few hours to up to a week. So, if you want to look like a bronze goddess without wrinkles, brown spots or carcinogens here are some options you can explore.
- Spray Tans: Spray tanning is a form of sunless tanning where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body. This mist has an ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that temporarily stains the skin surface and fades like a suntan does as skin cells are shed naturally. The effect generally lasts from 3-7 days and is completely safe. Spray tanning is an easy way to achieve a long lasting bronze look. It dries quickly and there is evenness in colour because of the use of a spray. The downside is that spray tanning is an expensive procedure and there aren’t many salons in the country who offer the service. You can opt for spraying yourself at home with a can spray. Neutrogena MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tan is a good bet to attempt this with.
- Bronzing oils: Spray tanning may not be a fad in India yet, but don’t be disappointed ladies! You can achieve that sultry tan with bronzing oils. This beauty product gives you the dusky look while moisturizing and conditioning your skin. Not to forget they smell amazing on the body. Just exfoliate your skin before application to remove the dead skin cells for great results. It’s perfect for getting the right bare looks for a hot night out on the town. Products to try include the Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil from The Body Shop and the bare Bronze Moisturizing Body Oil from Victoria’s Secret.
- Bronzers: Bronzer is a must-have staple for any beauty bag. You can use it to achieve a sun-kissed look for an evening out and then simply wash it off with soap and water. An added perk is that you can wear it over your sunscreen. Apply bronzers lightly to spots like your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin where the sunlight naturally reflects off. Powder-based bronzer is best for oily or normal skin while cream or gel-based bronzers are good for dry skin. Make sure your bronzer is not more than two shades darker than your skin. Bronzers are a really great option for your face and chest, but they may not work as well on your body. Try Lakme Absolute Sun-Kissed Bronzer, NYX Body Bronzer or the Bronzing Powder from MAC for best results.
FAB PICKS FOR THE PERFECT TAN
NATIO SELF TAN MOUSSE
If you’re looking for a quick tan, here’s your life saver. With its mouse like consistency, it can be used with no hassle. It absorbs in skin quickly and develops the tan in a matter of hours. To seal the deal, it doesn’t transfer on your clothes. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRODUCT
BIOBLOOM ANTI TAN OIL
Just in case you prefer a tan that is natural, here is the perfect sunscreen for you. Its extracts from Liquorice, Cedarwood & Carrot protects your skin for sun’s harmful rays. Slather on skin to arm your skin for tanning session. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRODUCT
NYASSA BODY SCRUB – TIRAMISU
This body scrub from Nyassa not only smells delicious but also imparts a healthy glow on the skin. Scrub the dirt off your skin with a dollop of this body scrub for prepping your skin for a perfect tan. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRODUCT
By Neharika Sabharwal