As you know I’m not backward in coming forward in espousing the virtues of sunscreen. Having lived at a Queensland beach for 21 years and holidayed at a the beach for many, many years before that, I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) that my pale complexion and sun are not a beautiful mix.
Far from it.
So while, I’ll enjoy a splash and a body surf as much as the next surfer chick (bahaa), the only time you’ll find me sitting on the beach for any length of time will be under a shady umbrella, under a shady hat and wearing big shady sunglasses.
It’s just not worth doing anything else. For starters, sunburned skin is not a good look on anyone. And I don’t want to end up looking like this at 60:
And worse still, I certainly don’t want to ever experience a frightening diagnosis of melanoma.
Which is why when Laura from the Warwick Foundation’s No Tan Jan campaign contacted me about spreading the word for this fantastic cause, she didn’t have to ask twice.
It shocks me to the core to see teenage girls and boys lying out in the sun with the sole purpose of getting a tan. Things don’t improve with 20 and 30 year olds either apparently, with melanoma the most common cancer for young Australians aged 18-39.
Have you not heard of fake tan? (I want to scream, when I see sweet young things lying prone in the midday sun?)
I’m a spray tan fan. Big time. Whenever I have a special occasion coming up, I visit a wonderful woman who works from her home and knows just what hint of colour is going to work fabbo on me.
In between time, I an even bigger fan of gradual tanners. These are the no brainers of the fake tanning world. You CANNOT stuff them up.
Gradual tanners contain a clever mix of fake tan and moisturiser, which is why they offer fake tanning for dummies. I apply every day after my shower and over time it builds up to a nice glow, without streaks and without the patchy look that comes about a week after a spray tan.
This is my current fave gradual tanner:
And this is my tried and true gradual tanner – the one you can throw into your trolley at the supermarket along with bread and milk:
So, the Rodial brazilian tan DAILY comes with a cult following in the UK (they’re the makers of Glamoxy Snake Serum that you’ve probably heard about in recent months). Celebs who love Rodial’s tanning products include Jen Aniston, Eva Longoria and Elle Macpherson.
What do I love about it? The smell, the texture and the results. It’s coconut scented (which always gets a big tick in my beauty book). It goes on like a dream and with 5% DHA it provides a very gradual build up.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Body Lotion offers a gradual tan but on steriods. I usually see a difference after one application (which can be handy if I’ve been in a hurry and missed a day or two). The smell is still nice, although not has good as the Rodial. The big plus is that at this price you can afford to slather it on without worrying about the cost.