After three weeks on holiday, I came back on Monday night more tanned than I have ever been in my life. Even last year, after the same three week break, I was a pale mocha compared to this year's fresh toffee shade. On coming back to Grazia yesterday, plenty of knowing glances and comments along the lines of "oh, hit the spray-tanner before you came back to work, eh?" variety, came my way. Not true!! It's real. It was not my intention to become this brown, I only sunbathed after 2.30pm, and was never-knowingly un-slathered in a high factor sun lotion.
In fact, this honeyed shade is thanks to a suntan lotion used for the first time this year that allowed me to go brown without fear of burning and feeling I was doing something positive for my skin while tanning. The lotion is called Institut Esthederm, and it has changed the way I sunbathe and tan forever. I don’t know how or why it works, it uses a patented ingredient called “adaptasun.” It comes in three strengths, and I went from using medium to low strength over my holiday. You can buy Institut Esthederm from Space NK from £39, www.spacenk.co.uk
But let's just keep this as our secret, yes?
- Melanie Rickey, Fashion Editor at Large