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7 Ways To Faux That Glorious Golden Glow In A Flash

And no, none of these involve spending long hours in the sun and blanketing yourself in them gosh darn UV rays. You want a glow, you've got to do it right.

Having a golden glow never hurt nobody. We’re talking about a tan, sun-kissed skin and an all-over bronzy look that can help give the illusion of slimmer limbs and a healthy, youthful colour. They aren’t exclusive to vacations at some boujee resort in the middle of the Bahamas – glow can come in the form of a highlighter, primeran overnight mask or self-tanning products.

While basking in the sun may seem like an easy, cheap and fuss-free choice to get golden, it also comes with a ton of seriously harmful risks that is just makes the process not worth it. Just like how everyone everywhere stresses the importances of wearing sunscreen on your face pre-makeup, the same applies for you whole body when you’re out in the sun, much less being in direct contact with UV rays at the beach.

That’s why self-tanners exist. Safe and reasonably easy without the need of the sun, they work instead with a compound called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which reacts overtime with dead cells on the surface of the skin to produce a golden colour. Dead skin cells, am I right? Who knew they would come in handy.

Now, because the skin continuously sheds everyday, self-tanners only last a few days and can fade faster with the use of exfoliants in case the tan gets a little too dark. You know that one episode in Friends where Ross gets a hilariously uneven fake tan? That’s not going to be you when you’ve got an exfoliator on hand.

With the arrival of vacation season comes the baskets, open-toe shoes and yes, magic potions that will give you a golden glow. The one that tops of lust is Chanel’s L’Eau Tan, which has a refreshing, hydrating and watery texture and smells delish, but since it hasn’t hit the stores yet – it’s coming, so do check your local boutiques – Tan-Luxe has a similar one that looks more like a face mist than anything and completely colourless (read: no stains). Very cool.

Since there is still a waiting period with self-tanning formulas – it takes two to four hours to set onto your skin – you can always turn to a bronzer if you need a glow, stat. These give little room for mistakes, too, since any errors can be easily washed off and fixed. Lotions, oils and sprays are all different forms of bronzers that can provide hydrations and the essential vitamins that actually keep your skin healthy – i.e. a real glow – yet provide the an extra oomph with a bit of shimmer. Some like Dior Beauty’s Milky Mist Sublime Glow also contain SPF.

Remember: a little fun in the sun is okay, but lather up with SPF and never deliberately use the sun for extended hours just to get a tan. Consider self-tanners that come charged with good skin stuff, are low-commitment and will make you feel like a goddess at the same time. All these versus harmful UV rays that come with a host of problems, there’s no fight, man.

By Terry Tea to Tan Face & Body

Tan-Luxe The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water

Tan-Luxe The Body Illuminating Self-Tan Drops

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body

Hampton Sun Bronze Shimmer Cooling Spray

Show Beauty Shimmer Body Oil

James Read H2O Illuminating Tan Mist

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