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Expert warns against copying 'unsafe' holiday tanning trend this summer


A skincare expert has urged sunbathers not to copy an ‘unsafe’ new holiday tanning trend this summer, encouraging them to slap on plenty of sun protection cream instead

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Justmylook advise TikTok followers to wear SPF under their makeup

Summer is finally here, and many will be looking to achieve a sunkissed look, whether through gradual tans or a visit to the local spray tan booth.

Of course, achieving a beachside glow shouldn’t come at the expense of your health, and beauty lovers need to be careful when it comes to new tanning trends, no matter how popular such methods may be.

One trend, in particular, has caused alarm among skincare experts, who have warned people to think twice before following suit.

This so-called “life hack” was recently shared by TikTok influencer Miriam Mrovili, and involves mixing together moisturiser and water in a spray bottle.

This mixture is then applied to a person’s skin both before and during sunbathing, resulting in what Miriam describes as a “beaut tan.”







The hack involves mixing together moisturiser and water in a spray bottle
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Experts have warned people against trying out this particular trend
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A TikTok video in which Miriam can be seen applying the concoction has been viewed more than 5.4 million times and counting, with a number of followers keen to try it for themselves.

However, not everyone has been so impressed, begging Miriam to make sure she also applies plenty of sun cream and reminding her to remember her skin is “so precious.”

Replying to several concerned comments, Miriam, who goes by the username @mimosaaaxo confirmed she had indeed applied sun protection first.

She explained: “We use Purito Centella green face sunscreen (SPF 50) mixed with our face moisturiser on our faces, and then rub in sunscreen on our bodies.”

Skincare experts at JustMyLook have since issued the following warning regarding the tip: “We strongly advise against undertaking this hack.

“Not only is the process unsafe, but exposure to the sun in this way with no protection can severely increase the risk of sunburn which can lead to melanoma (skin cancer).

They added: “We recommend wearing an SPF of 30 or more and applying it 15 minutes before exposing your skin to the sun.

“Apply the equivalent of a shot glass (two tbsp) of sunscreen to the exposed areas of the face and body to achieve the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) stated on the bottle of sun cream.

“This way you can still reap the benefits of the sun while minimising the risk.”

Are you concerned about a potentially harmful beauty trend? Email us at julia.banim@reachplc.com

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