Medium Rare13 January, 202125 January, 2021Beauty, How To, Skincare, Wellness How to pick the perfect sunscreen and tanning solution If you enjoy summers outdoors, choosing the right sunscreen is essential. After all, the safest glow is always faux. EDIBLE BEAUTY Basking Beauty Natural Sunscreen SPF50, ULTRACEUTICALS Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30, VITA LIBERATA Phenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Lotion, ELLA BACHÉ Great Facesaver SPF50+ Lotion, HUNTER LAB SPF50+ Facial Sunscreen, DERMALOGICA Protection 50 Sport SPF50, LOVING TAN Deluxe Bronzing Mousse, LA BEACH Express Tanning Foam If, up until now, choosing a sunscreen has stopped at the SPF number, and self-tan with the perfect bronze bottle, there’s a little more you should know. With summer coming in hot at our sand-covered heels, it’s time to find out what goes under, over and into your products. 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