Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring form of cancer in Australia today. It is also one of the most preventable cancers, which is why being sun-smart this summer is vital.

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most frequent type, with around 374,000 cases recorded each year, according to The Cancer Council of Australia. More than half of all Australians will develop one of these cancers in their life.

This kind of cancer is not usually life-threatening but in some cases it does prove fatal.

Melanoma skin cancer is the big killer. It affects over 8,800 people each year and kills 1,300 annually. It’s the fifth most common cancer in Australia (after non-melanoma, bowel, breast and prostate).

Skin cancer is usually caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun or from solariums. Health problems aside, sun damage can cause skin to prematurely age, and no one wants to look older than they are.

So if you’re determined to get a tan this summer the best way is to fake it.

There’s a huge range of fake tan products available on the market, with every brand from Chanel to Maybelline offering a smorgasbord of ways to tint your skin. There are tanning moisturiser, gel, oil and cream and mousse.

Self-tanning mousse is generally agreed to be the easiest type of product to use, as it’s usually easily absorbed and the least likely to leave streaks or orange patches.

One of the latest self-tanning mousses to hit the shelves is from Australian make-up king Napoleon Perdis. It’s easy to spread on evenly, absorbs quickly and results in a subtle, natural colour. It smells nice too as it contains apricot oil. It retails for $40 and is available from Napoleon stores and David Jones.

Another hot tanning product is Tan Airbrush In A Can by ModelCo, also an Australian company. It sprays on in a fine mist and the natural-looking results are instantly visible, which is good for spotting patches you missed. It’s available from the www.modelcoshop.com.au for $32-$45, and from David Jones.

Of course if you don’t want to do it yourself there are lots of beauty salons who offer spray-tan services, usually for around $50.

Before applying any fake tan product it’s a good idea to exfoliate your body first to remove dead skin. After you’ve applied it don’t get wet for a few hours so it can set. And moisturising your skin regularly is said to help maintain the colour for longer.

When you are in the sun, cover up with 30+ sunscreen -“ products containing lots of zinc are the best, such as Megan Gale’s Invisible Zinc, $30, from David Jones. Remember to reapply every few hours or more regularly if you’re swimming. Wear a hat and try not to leave your skin exposed to the sun for too long.

GIVEAWAY

We’ve got one Napoleon self-tanning pack to give away. It includes Summer Lovers Self Tanning Mousse, After Sun Body Oil, Whipped Dream Tan Enhancer moisturiser, Smooth Over Body Scrub, Fig and Pomegranate Body Lotion and Body Wash, plus a tote bag.

To be in the running simply tell us what Napoleon’s last name is and email us at comps@ssonet.com.au.

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