Self tan vs. sun tan: why you should get your glow at home

Even if we’re inside, reading a book or watching a film, the siren call of the sun is impossible to ignore – within seconds of sunshine we’re outside, sunglasses on, ready to bask in the glow. We spend most of the year in opaque tights and boots, so it makes sense to want to get a bit of colour come summertime.

But, c’mon. None of us have any excuses anymore. Thanks to science, progress, and repeated warnings from every side, we all know just how bad the sun is for our skin. UVA and UVB rays not only contribute to the dangers of skin cancer, but can cause wrinkles, dark spots and premature ageing. That’s not OK.

Self tan vs. sun tan: why you should get your glow at home

But covering up or staying out of the sun to protect your skin doesn’t mean you have to spend the summer with pale legs, because getting your tan from a bottle is the height of beauty savviness.

It saves your skin from sun damage and the risk of sunburn, means you don’t have to spend hours baking in the heat in strategic positions, and will last even longer than a real tan (you know you’re always disappointed at just how fast that summer colour fades).

Self tan vs. sun tan: why you should get your glow at home

AndRimmel’s range of SunShimmer tanning productsis so varied that there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.

If you’re a nervous tanner, check out SunShimmer Gradual Tan & Toning, £6.99, for a subtle colour that builds over time. If you’re heading out and need your legs to be brown now,then hit up SunShimmer’s Instant Tans, £6.99 – whether you’re in the mood for a bit of shimmer or a matte finish, they’re water-resistant, so promise to stay put during that seasonal summer rainstorm.

Do you want to tan yourself but always run short of time? You’re going to love the SunShimmer In-Shower Self Tan Hydrating Lotion, £9.99, which you simply apply in the shower and then rinse off for an easy and quick glow that builds with each application.

Self tan vs. sun tan: why you should get your glow at home

Self tan isn’t just for your body, either – Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Cream, £6.99 and Natural Bronzer, £5.99, give your face a desirable Mediterranean glow – without the sun damage.

So now you have no excuse to burn up in the sun. Afraid of streaking? Check out our guide on how to get the perfect self-tan, every time.