ELLEs holiday skin special reveals the best products you need to get a great tan, while still and most importantly - protecting and nourishing your face and body. Weve edited products that prep your skin for tanning before you jet off, as well as our favourite multi-tasking SPFs (slimming, shimmering, and tan accelerating) and post-sun saviours to pack in your suitcase.
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A great tan (fake or real) is all in the preparation. Get your skin sun-ready with body scrubs, moisturisers, meaning you can play safe with a high factor on holiday and still turn a nice golden brown…
Three weeks to go Boost your tanning abilities from the inside out with these Thalgo supplements. Ocea Sun contains beta-carotene derived from the algae Dunaliella salina, tomato lycopene and lutein (a Carotenoid found in leafy greens that is high in antioxidants) which improve the skin’s ability to tan, while also protecting it from environmental damage. Start taking these supplements three weeks before you holiday, as well as during and after to achieve an intense, long-lasting tan.
Thalgo Ocea Sun Supplements, £25, at thalgo.com
Two weeks to go
This a godsend for paler skintypes who don’t go sunkissed with quite as much ease. Payot's serum stimulates melanin production that turns you brown. Apply daily two weeks before sun exposure, Dr Payot’s tan accelerating concoction is top secret, but it does contain sunflower extract to prevent skin ageing in the sun. The clear gel sinks into skin fast making it an easy addition to you pre-holiday routine.
Payot Les Solaris Benefice Soleil tan accelerating serum, £23. Enq: 0207 494 6220