I remember walking into Postie+ one day with my mum, I was about 11 years old and a random woman came up to me and said what beautiful brown legs I had and asked what faked tan I used. I thanked her and told her that it was natural, I just tan really easy. She laughed and asked me again, and I told her that I don’t use fake tan, I don’t even know how to apply it. Then she gave me a snarky look and walked off calling me a liar. It wasn’t until then that I realised how much women strived to look beautiful, even if it meant calling a young girl a liar because you can’t artificially obtain the same shade of brown she did.
When I was younger, I use to hang out for those days in the summer where I could lie on the beach or by a pool and get an awesome tan. For years I would hang out in the sun with friends, lying on the field at school with our skirts hiked up, sleeves rolled to our shoulders and shoes and socks kicked off, cooking our skin under the New Zealand sun; because being tan was beautiful, right? But somehow leathery skin, wrinkles, and freckles/sun spots are not desirable looks, even though those are the result of repeated sun damage.
For years I was educated on UV A and UV B rays, and how dangerous the sun is in NZ because of the hole in the ozone layer. It wasn’t until one summer a few years ago when I got rather badly burnt and I was out the next day buying a wide brimmed hat, SPF tinted moisturiser, sun block, and a loose fitting beach dress to cover myself when not in the water. Even as I write this I am sitting on the steps outside, still enjoying the heat, but I'm in the shade lathered with SPF 50 sun block.
But of course sun kissed skin has been, and probably always will be a desirable beauty standard amongst young men and women alike. But fear not! You don't need to risk the chance of melanoma in order to feel confident in your bikini, or to look like you have just had a months long holiday in the Bahamas. Bondi Sands is definitely the best fake tan I have used; It’s easy, streak free, looks natural and actually smells really good! It may take a bit more work to look brown this way than it is to just lay in the sun, but it's worth it!
I have applied it to my whole body at least 7 times now, and I’m pretty sure I still have half a bottle left. You can apply a second layer over the top of your first 30 minutes after your first application if you want a darker shade. Best thing about this, I haven’t gone orange! I advise to not rub up against anything for the first 10 minutes after application though as it may stain. Also with using Bondi Sands you have absolutely no risk of obtaining bright red shoulders followed by a week of peeling. But just like any other beauty product; please do a spot test first if you know you can react to some skin products, you don't want to find out you're allergic to an ingredient after you have just applied the product to your whole body!
Exfoliate before applying is a big thing to remember as well, even if it’s just getting in the shower and rubbing your body down with a flannel. This is an important step as this gets rid of any dead skin cells and other impurities from the surface of your skin so the fake tan will apply more evenly, ensuring your tan appears more natural looking. Because if you have any dry patches on your skin, the fake tan makes that show up worse than a clown in a business meeting.
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Michaela Loye is an 22 year old blogger and free lance photographer hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. She has a passion for adventure and locally sourced beauty products.