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Safe tanning for men

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Written by: Kathryn Danzey
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It’s a fact that men are far more likely to use sun beds in their bid for a summer glow, with increases in skin cancer the use of tanning beds has become a concern.

There is a growing trend for spray tans. However,  if you saw the episode of Friends where Ross had a double dose of bright orange spray, it certainly didn’t do much to show a healthy glow.

First let’s look at tanning in the sun: sunlight contains UVA, UVB and UVC radiation. It’s UVA and UVB that are of concern, the ozone layer absorbs UVC before it reaches the earth.  If you remember the B in UVB equates with burning and the A in UVA equates with ageing. UVB, has shorter wavelengths and these are the ones that cause superficial burning. UVA, is a longer wavelength, is more penetrating, deeper in to the skin and is capable of passing through a car windscreen so a daily moisturiser with a good sun protection factor is a must. You product should contain UVA and UVB protection for the best results and a sunscreen should have a protection factor of over 25

Wear protection

SPF is short for Sun Protection Factor, it tells you how long you can stay in the sun and if it is an SPF 30 it means you ca stay in the sun 30 times longer than you would without protection. Lancaster skin care say that if we all used a 30% sun protection factor there would be 78% less skin cancers – definitely a fact to consider

There are new products on the block that can have you looking beach ready in a matter of hours.

Clinique non streak bronzer is perfect for the face, it has no tell tale smell so is perfect for a quick application to start off your summer hue. Face products tend to be more expensive than body ones as they tend to have added minerals and antioxidants.

Remember if you want to wax do so at least 48 hours before applications, it is much easier to apply product to a baby smooth chest but if you are a tad more hirsute then try one of the mouses or creams.

Products to look out for are, James Read, can be bought at M&S and Amazon, Decleor, L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Gradual Tanning Moisturiser.

Here are James’ tips for the perfect tan

Step away from that bottle: DON’T hit the self tan without reading this! International tanning guru and creator of new self-titled self-tan line, James Read gives us his ultimate DOs & DON’Ts of tanning at home. Pay attention ladies…

DO exfoliate 24 hours before tanning, use an exfoliator that contains a AHA.

DON’T use a tan that does not suit your skintone, you want it to pop your complexion with colour, not overpower it.

DO mostiurse the dry areas on your body before tanning, i.e Hands, feet, knees, ankles and any dry areas.

DON’T over-rub your self tan when applying.

DO make sure your self tan is clear on the skin by rubbing a wet wipe over the skin first.

If you want to go darker, apply a second layer an hour later, DON’T apply on the next day.

DO pick a self tanning product that suits your skin tone

DON’T apply product directly onto hands and feet, work the excess product from the arms onto the hands and the excess tan from the legs onto the feet area.

DO use a tanning mitt when using your self tan

DON’T shave the day after tanning, if you have to, use an electric shaver as this will not remove your tan.

DO rub a ice cube over the face first to seal your pores.

DON’T wash your hands for at least 8 hours after tanning, otherwise you will get the white hands brown arms look.

DO build up fine layers when it comes to the face.

DON’T clean your teeth after applying your self tan, do it before, this will stop it looking white around this area.

DO start from the face and work down your body in stages leaving your hands and feet till last.

DON’T exercise for 24 hours after tanning.

DO moisturise daily so your tan lasts longer.

When using a gradual tan, DON’T apply more than once every two days, otherwise your tan will look unnatural.

DO exfoliate after 4 days to help your tan fade evenly.

DON’T use oils on the skin after tanning, this will strip your self tan and make it look uneven.

James Read’s tanning range is available now at Harvey Nichols and QVC



About the Author

Kathryn Danzey
I have a passion to bring to you what really works in the beauty industry, from a moisturiser to the latest advanced treatment for anti ageing. After almost 4 decades in the industry I'm packed with info to share but never tire of looking for new things and would love you to share your experiences with us too. We're here to help you find that treatment or product that will make a change for you. Can't do without My Collagen Shots and H3O Night Repair. Love a great serum and UV protection

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