Xen-Tan

Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, knows how much we all covet a terrific tan during the summer. Here, she explains how to get that beach babe bronze without the harmful side effects.

Me soaking up the rays during my swim team days.

Remember when you were on the neighborhood swim team and were more concerned about your cheesy one-piece than the long-term effects of the sun? (See my 15-year-old self above for reference.) What I wouldn’t give to have that perfect tan shade again, albeit in a much SAFER way. Good news—you totally can, and with no chlorine or kickboard required. Here are some quick steps and picks for achieving the perfect “swim team” tan without risking serious sun damage:

1. Get Ready: Use a great body exfoliator or soap in the shower to prep the skin (shaving also helps). Some good options include Kate Somerville ‘ExfoliKate® Body’ Intensive Exfoliating Treatment or Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap.

2. Get Set: Use a lotion or cream around areas that are susceptible to absorbing too much product (i.e., the often-dry parts) like heels, ankles, knees and elbows. A few of my faves are Estée Lauder ‘Nutritious’ Energy Lotion, L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate and Clinique Deep Comfort Body Moisture.

3. Tan!: With so many new formulas available, there’s definitely one for everybody—and every body! (Or face!) Check out Xen-Tan ‘Absolute Luxe’ Dark Lotion. It’s non-greasy and has no icky self-tanner odor—it even has Scent Secure technology to make sure. Also, St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is a good bet—you can’t argue with an Allure “Best of Beauty” winner AND 5-star customer ratings!

One last tan tidbit…

If you’re in a hurry or traveling, try one of my “hall of fame” self-tanning favorites: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads—travel-friendly towelettes that exfoliate AND give a gorgeous tan all in one! Use at night (after shower and before bed), and by morning, you’re gorgeously tanned and guaranteed to score compliments about your glowing skin! Best of all, they come in both face and body options.

And that’s my (tan) take!
—Kate

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Summertime Sun & Skincare

Here in Seattle, April showers bring May…showers, followed by a totally unpredictable month we refer to as “June-uary.” But every Seattleite knows that, somehow, consistent summer weather always begins right after Independence Day.


Miles Tucker via Visit Seattle Facebook page.

Today is no exception, with sunny skies predicted as far as our weather apps can see. It’s the season that makes enduring months and months of grey skies worth it to every Jet City dweller. What better time to talk about some of our favorite ways to keep our skin gorgeous and healthy during Seattle’s most beautiful time of year.

Here’s how we soak up the sun while saving our skin from damage with suncare.

1 – Faux Tanning Supplies. Faux tanning technology has come so far, and there’s no reason to risk damaging your skin over time to get a tan (nobody wants to look as leathery as a handbag). Add a little real luxury to that nobody-will-know-it’s-fake tan with 24-karat gold leaf for shimmering skin with this Xen-Tan Set (pictured).

2 – After-Sun Care. SPF protection is meant to shield you while outdoors. After you come inside, rehydrate, cool and guard your skin against signs of premature aging with a product formulated for after-sun care. [Pictured: Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrating]

3 – SPF Protection for Face. Sometimes you don’t need full-body protection for daily care or you need something specifically designed for the face that’s light and absorbs quickly. [Pictured: philosophy ‘here comes the sun’ age defense facial sunscreen]

4 – Total-Body SPF Protection. Make sure you pack total-body protection in your day-at-the-beach bag. When you have an all-in-one sunscreen meant for face and body, it’s a no-brainer essential. [Pictured: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face & Body SPF 60 PA+++]

5 – Tinted SPF Moisturizer. Moisturizer + SPF + tint? It’s a perfect-for-everyday trifecta. [Pictured: La Mer ‘The SPF Fluid Tint’ Broad Spectrum SPF 18]

6 – Sunscreen Wipes. We can’t get enough of sunscreen wipes. They’re totally packable, kid-approved and make applying sun protection so, so easy. [Pictured: Dr. T’s Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipes SPF 30+]

7 – Eye & Lip SPF Protection. Don’t forget these delicate parts of the face! For everyday or added protection, be sure to give your pout and your peepers some extra-special loving. [Pictured: Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 | Clarins Sunscreen for Eyes Wrinkle Control Cream SPF 30]

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