No Need to Bake in The Sun When You’ve Got These Faux Tan Options

Glowing skin – without the sun damage.

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Looking for a healthy summer glow that’s both safe and convenient? We’ve got you covered.

The tanning experts come to you, thanks to Tan on the Run. Designed for maximum convenience, and operating across Canada, you can book online to have the mobile airbrush spray tan service visit you — wherever, whenever. Using an organic formula rich in aloe vera, this expertly applied splash of colour, which leaves skin wow-level radiant and soft, has additional perks. “Spray tans can be customized to suit your skin type and enhance your definition with body contouring,” says Nicole Hyatt, CEO and founder of Tan on the Run Canada, “It will reduce the appearance of stretch marks, cellulite and imperfections, making you look 10 lbs thinner.” Follow her tips to take your glow (professional or DIY) to the next level.

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Pre-tan prep

Tip #1: Before your tan

Hair removal and exfoliation are important steps to undertake before a spray or self-tan. “Do this 24 hours in advance to ensure pores close back up. You also want a clean canvas: no moisturizer, makeup or deodorant on the skin prior to tanning,” says Hyatt. Her exfoliating go-to is a mitt rather than an oil-based scrub that can leave a residue.

Tip #2: During your tan

Natural, sun-kissed results demand restraint. “Choose the right shade for your skin tone, and don’t overdo it. A spray tan or self-tanner generally takes 8-24 hours to fully develop. A lot of people make the mistake of over-applying the initial application thinking that’s what the final outcome will look like,” she says.

Tip #3: After your tan

For a lasting after glow treat skin with TLC. Hyatt’s checklist includes not getting skin wet, or sweaty, for up to 24 hours after application, wearing loose clothing, staying moisturized and patting skin dry — no rubbing. A fan of coconut oil, she recommends avoiding any moisturizers that list water as the first ingredient.

But before heading out to work the next day, finish off your sun-kissed glow with these 3 simple makeup steps.

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Best fake tan product for newbies

Tinted mousse that works with your skin to help you achieve a flawless coverage.

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse, $14 at mass retailers.

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Best fake tan product for hydration

Brightens, hydrates and tans your face all at the same time for the perfect bronze-goddess effect.

Masquebar Self Tanning Sheet Mask, $5 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Best fake tan product for makeup

Builds a gradual golden glow for a flawless complexion (or try this face mist for an on-the-go bronzing refresh).

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Moisturizer and Primer (50mL), $18 at

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Best fake tan product for speed

Goes on clear, won’t stain fabrics and dries ultra-fast.

Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water in Medium/Dark, $49 at

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Best fake tan product for face

Reveals a glowing complexion while rose water soothes.

James Read H20 Tan Mist, $35 at

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada

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