Ever REALLY understood why your Mum has been slathering you in sun cream your whole life?  I think I have always known it was to protect me from burning in the sun, but it is only as I have gotten older and read more stuff about the effects of too much sun on our skin, that I have really understood.  When I decided to do a post on the subject, I was so shocked by some of the pictures I came across on Google in my research, that I almost decided not to do it – I was so GROSSED out!

The thing is, it’s just too important, so here goes …..

Did you know that almost 90% of our life time exposure to the sun happens before we are 18?  If you think about it, it’s true – we spend so much time outside playing as children – we have no interest in sitting in the shade when we are little – we want to be right out there in the sunshine, on the beach and in the pool.

As we grow older, for some reason, we are conditioned to believe that we look better with a sun tan.  Almost everyone, when they go away on holiday sets themselves a goal to be super tanned by the end.  So they lie in the sun all day roasting like a chicken, but doing this could be like lying in the rays of cancer.

Although there is evidence that sunlight is good for us, by helping the body make vitamin D which makes our bones healthier, sometimes too much of a good thing can turn into something horrible.  We all want a gorgeous glowing tan, but we have to think about our health and what the long term effects of such a tan could be.

The sun’s harmful UV rays not only cause premature wrinkles and easy bruising, but it can also lead to skin cancer later on in life.  The skin also starts to look like leather which is not a good look!

The key is to protect your skin because the damage you prevent as a teen will do more for your skin than any wrinkle cream later on in life.  If you must go out in the sun and hey, I’ve been doing it all summer holiday – wear the highest factor sun cream you can.  I have been wearing a minimum of SPF 30 – this means I can stay out in the sun up to 30 times longer than if I wasn’t wearing it.  Of course, everyone’s skin is different – some people just can’t help but tan, while others just go red.  Do what is right for your skin and remember, most skin damage is done between the ages of 10 and 18 – I know right, it’s shocking!

Check out these gross pictures of sun damaged skin below…


Sunburn – caused by the skin’s reaction to UV light exposure, it occurs between 12 and 24 hours.







Solar Lentigo – are sun-induced freckles which are caused by UV light.







Solar Keratosis – are small rough, scaly areas of damaged skin caused by sunlight.







Mole Atypical – are caused by collections of the colour producing cells of the skin. Can turn cancerous.







LUCKILY, you don’t have to damage your skin to get that sun-kissed look. Bronzers and self-tanners can give you the same glowing tan.  Having looked more seriously into the subject, I know that’s what I am going to start doing!

Here’s how to keep it real when it comes to fake tan…

BRONZERS – Take a short, flat, fluffy brush and apply the bronzer all over your face, neck, ears and chest. Make sure you have covered everywhere as lines are never a good look. When it comes to choosing the shade, the most natural looking bronzers have brown tones with a tint of red. Stay well away from the more orange bronzers as you will end up looking tangoed. Most bronzers come in a range of shades from light to dark, so follow the way your skin naturally tans, don’t mess with your natural skin tone as it just won’t look normal.










SELF-TANNER – There are two types of fake tan that you can use, either a lotion or a spray, It’s totally up to you! Whichever one you use  it’s so important to exfoliate all over before you apply. Otherwise it will end up looking all streaky and patchy, so make sure you use a really gritty scrub to get rid of all that dead skin. After exfoliating apply a very thin layer of fake tan. Wait until the colour sets, then if you like what you see go ahead and apply another layer. Don’t forget your ears and neck! Once you’re done make sure you wait until the fake tan is completely absorbed before you get dressed as it will rub off on your clothes. If you find any streaks or the shade is too dark, exfoliate over the darker patches and then moisturise the area of the skin to solve the problem.

One thought on “FAKE IT, DON’T BAKE IT.

  1. Thanks for finally writing about >FAKE IT, DONT BAKE IT.
    | Olivia’s Teen Beauty Blog <Loved it!

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