I thought that everyone would always prefer to get a real tan over having to fake tan but I was wrong. I’ve recently watched a lot of beauty Youtubers, like Shani Grimmond, state how they actually prefer fake tan and there are many reasons that back up their decision.
Sadly, excluding these past few weeks, the UK usually has terrible weather so getting a real tan can be difficult. I usually opt for a fake tan which until recently, has worked amazingly. However, I’ve been having a bad experience with breakouts caused by fake tanning and so, it got me thinking, is it really worth it? I thought I’d weigh up the benefits of fake tanning in this blog post.
Benefits of Fake Tanning
There are lots. I’ve decided to list them in a short and sweet bullet point list:
- Prevents skin cancer which is can be triggered by excessive sun exposure. Although research shows products used in fake tan can lead to skin cancer too – there’s no escape.
- It saves you time lying for hours and hours in the Sun. This is probably one of the key benefits of fake tan. It also means that as the Sun isn’t always guaranteed to help you develop a dark tan. To avoid wasting time opt for fake tan.
- You can tan at any time in the year – not just when the weather’s nice. You can also use sunbeds instead of bottled fake tan though I really wouldn’t use this myself. The artificial UV rays can be extremely damaging to skin, more so than the Sun itself.
- You can get an even tan particularly if you go to a spray tan salon. This will help to avoid the problem of dreaded tan lines unless you decide to go to a nude beach – not my cup of tea.
- You can choose how dark or light you’d like your tan to look. If you’re someone who burns, you don’t have to fret about going bright red. However, the only thing that can be a put off for those fake tanning, is looking orange rather than golden brown.
- Cost of buying the fake tan. Unless you buy a really cheap fake tan, you’re likely to have to spend around £5.00 or more to get a decent product. By “decent” I mean one that’s not prone to smudge really quick, go patchy easily and is less likely to damage your skin.
I used to use the St.Moriz fake tan which you can buy cheap from B&M. I think it cost around £2.99 though it’s also sold in Superdrug for £4.99. However, it often resulted in me getting extremely spotty.
- It can cause breakouts. Fake tan clogs your pores – gross – which inevitably leads to spots. For those with sensitive skin likely to breakout, it’s important that you only wear fake tan on odd occasions. This can lower your chances of breaking out and if you take care of your skin before, during and after, it’ll help keep your skin smooth and spot-free. See further down the post for help here.
For people who looking for an effective treatment for spots, check out my post explaining why I use sudocrem for acne.
- Wear-life of fake tan can be short. If you’re prone to spots, you’ll want to limit the time fake tan is resting on your skin. You’ll want to wear it for only a day or two. This can mean it up ends up being a waste of money.
Looking After Your Fake Tan
If you’ve had a shower beforehand to exfoliate your skin before application, make sure you leave a few hours (2-3) before you apply fake tan. Hot showers can cause your pores to open up which is great for cleaning them. However, this isn’t great when applying a product like fake tan.
You should run your body in cold water before you hop out of the shower which will help close your pores and stop as much product getting inside and clogging them.
As well as this, you should only apply the fake tan in areas your body will be seen. For example, if you’re wearing a long-sleeved, high-neck bodycon dress, tanning your legs, feet, hands, face and partially your neck will be enough.
Moisturise as you apply fake tan and when you’re wearing it. This will help to stop your fake tan from drying out in patches like elbows and knees. This can prolong its wear which inevitably will help you save money and it can ensure your fake tan isn’t drying out your skin which can also cause breakouts.
As your fake tan comes to the end of its lifespan, you’ll want to get rid of it ASAP to stop it from looking dodgy. Most people will know this but it’s important to exfoliate thoroughly and multiple times if necessary. You should then leave it a few days before you reapply to give your skin chance to breathe and repair any damage done from wearing it. Damage could include overly dry areas or breakouts.
The Benefits of Real Tan
On the other hand, real tanning contrasts each pro with a con and likewise each con with a pro. It’s important for you to determine which suits you better.
For me, I’m opting for a real tan. I’m honestly sick to death of trying to get rid of my breakouts and there is nothing more I hate than having acne all over my face and sometimes shoulders and back. That includes pasty-looking skin.
Thankfully I’m lucky enough to go on foreign holidays where I get quite a good tan. I also find that real tanning helps to reduce the number of spots I get and clear up my skin massively. Although, getting sweaty from sunbathing can cause me to breakout too – I swear it’s never-ending.
I’ve seen lots of beauty bloggers recommend to rinse yourself in water or a wet flannel to remove any sweat from lying in the sun to stop build up of bacteria and whatever else.
So, fake tanning or real tanning. Which do you prefer and why? Comment below.