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REVIEW: Tan-Luxe Super Glow Body-Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum

Living in this beautiful country where we have more sunny days than not, can you really blame us for being sun-loving or at least outdoor-loving beings? 

Dr. Lauren Knight, dermatology resident at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town, helps us understand the risks of sun exposure and gives us insight into safer alternatives. Keep reading for her review of the latest innovation from our favourite clean and natural tanning brand Tan-Luxe – the Super Glow Body Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum.

The problem is sun-kissed, is really not reciprocal love from the sun for us. The truth is, aside from a nasty sunburn, the effects of the sun are long lasting from the dreaded photo-ageing to the very feared skin cancer. The sun as such should command some degree of respect and honestly no tan is the ONLY safe tan.

Base tanning, sunbeds and tanning with sunscreen all carry these unwanted sun-associated risks, and Dr Lauren always advises safe sun practices - sun protective clothing and the appropriate use of sunscreen.

Tan-Luxe Super Glow Body- Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum - Whisper By Skins

Ideally you want to be using a broad spectrum - covering both UVA and UVB – and at least SPF 30 that you apply in appropriate amounts regularly throughout the course of the day while in the sun.

“The safest, is to stay out the sun, but we all know that’s near impossible, and I too am a mere mortal who would prefer to be a sun-kissed goddess, so what is the answer? The Tan-Luxe Super Glow Body really is the most luxurious self-tan I’ve come across.”

Say farewell to the odious weekly self-tan or fake tan routine... precision blending, sleeping in old pajamas, ruining countless pillowcases, and smelling less than desirable, no more! And not only are you protecting your skin by achieving a sunless tan, you are also showing it some extra hyaluronic acid love. The hydrating clear formulation smooths in easily & allows you to gradually build your tan with continued use all the while providing moisture to your barrier.

Hyaluronic acid is not actually an acid but rather a humectant or sponge of the skin. Capable of holding more than 1000x its weight in water it works synergistically with collagen to keep our skin smooth and firm. However, as we age so does our supply of collagen and hyaluronic acid, giving rise to less plump skin with greater appearance of wrinkles. As hyaluronic acid is a naturally found element in our skin, when applied topically it is readily absorbed. It helps to hydrate the skin, making it softer, plumper and more radiant, decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly improving the signs of ageing.

Dr Lauren Loves:

  • Ease of application
  • It feels like a luxurious treatment rather than a DIY home alternative.
  • No sticky residue!
  • The hyaluronic acid component really is a skincare lover’s dream.
  • Easy to build up, but if you notice an area lacking you can top it up as it really is apply-and-wear while it develops.
  • Although formulated as a body self tanner, it can be also be used on your face. 
  • The formulation doesn’t have that potent self-tan smell we’ve become accustomed to & better still I haven’t felt the need to shower off the excess first thing in the morning!
  • The result is natural and sun-kissed and can be darkened with continued application allowing for a more natural rather than that obvious self-tan fake look.

Take care though as the clear formulation can be deceptive, and like any self-tan you can still end up streaky so pre-tanning skincare is still really important!

How to use:

  • Make sure to exfoliate and moisturise skin leading up to your Tan-Luxe Super Glow use.
  • Apply legs first, then body and arms.
  • Make sure to apply in circular motions & only apply thinly over elbows, knees and ankles.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after application.
  • Tan develops in 4-6 hours & can be intensified with repeat applications.

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