Of all the topics I interview dermatologists and scientists about, sun protection is the one they become most passionate about. I remember one doctor from Montreal who told me that I should be using one can of sunscreen every day while on a Caribbean vacation. He spends his days treating patients for skin cancer and not surprisingly has become one of the country’s most vocal advocates for daily sun protection. What I’ve learned is that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. Our society views a golden bronze as healthy and flattering but that golden hue is the skin’s first line of defence against harmful UV rays. The body produces excess melanin to protect against sun damage. The only truly safe tan is one that comes out of a can or tube.
For this reason, I’m a big fan of St Tropez. This self-tan brand has developed products that look completely natural without any risk to skin. You can choose a light sun-kissed glow to a deep, dark bronze. Our pro makeup artist Nina Westbury tells me that when she worked at Harrod’s years ago, she and her coworkers would start applying the product on a Wednesday to have the perfect colour for clubbing on Saturday night. These are products that are easy to use and don’t leave streaks or stains.
The Giveaway: I’m excited to have this mammoth St Tropez set to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, tell me in a blog post comment below if you use self-tanners regularly. Are these products that you would try? I’ll draw one name at random on June 3rd from all those who comment. (one entry per person) If you have a Twitter name, please include it in your comment as it is the fastest way for me to contact winners. Wishing everyone luck in this giveaway.
St Tropez is available in Canada at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com