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Tan Accelerator: the secret to a sun-kissed glow

Here at Beauty Expert we couldn’t be happier that the sun has finally emerged from behind the clouds (kind of). Now that things are heating up, we’re looking to show more skin. Covered by tights and trousers for the last few months, it’s time we gave our legs some much needed TLC, including indulging in a luxe tan accelerator.

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If you’re not ready to brave the fake tan bottle or you want to build up a subtle glow to lead you naturally into the summer, then we’ve got a secret for you. A tan accelerator will become your new best friend this spring.

We’re here to give you all the advice you need on nailing that natural sun-kissed glow with a luxury tan accelerator, so check out our top tips and start prepping your skin for the summer sun, the expert way.

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How does tan accelerator work?

Unlike fake tan, tan accelerators like Gatineau Tan Accelerating Lotion work by stimulating melanin production in your skin to bring out your natural colour when you’re exposed to the sun. Melanin is the pigment that gives your skin its colour, and the more melanin your skin produces, the darker your tan will become.

What will it do for my skin?

Tan accelerator will encourage your skin to glow naturally, won’t cause streaks and will last much longer than an instant tan. Not only will it bring out gorgeous colour in your skin, but a tan accelerator like BAKEL Suncare Healthy Tan Secret Anti-Ageing Tan Accelerator will keep your skin looking young and healthy too with anti-aging ingredients like Tocopherol and Ubiquinone.

Many tan accelerators will help to strengthen your skin defences too – try out the CODAGE Summer Time “Protective and Activating” serum, with ingredients like Hy3 and Ao3 and Po3 to moisturise, sooth and protect your skin.

When should I use tan accelerator?

Not only perfect for building up a natural tan before a summer holiday, a tan accelerator can also be applied all over the body before and after tanning to both prepare your skin for the sun and to prolong its affects.

For example, the Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Accelerating Oil Spray should be used daily for 2 weeks minimum before a sunny holiday, and should also be used every evening after sun exposure to make sure that you reap all the benefits of the glorious sunshine.

Does tan accelerator include fake tan?

As a general rule, most tan accelerators don’t include fake tan. Instead they focus on developing a real tan by stimulating the production of melanin, as we detailed above.

However, there are products available on Beauty Expert which offer both tan acceleration and self tanning properties. The James Read Tan Accelerator contains both product properties by mixing a subtle amount of fake tan with Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid and Monks Pepper. Plus, it’s suitable for both face and body.

Don’t forget SPF

Tan accelerator isn’t a replacement for sun cream; although some contain SPF they should still be used as an addition to your normal sun protection rather than an alternative.

You can find a fantastic range of sun protection products for every skin type.

Discover our full range of Self Tanning products at Beauty Expert.


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