We all love a bit of false tan, right?
Just like our favourite reality stars, we’ve all become accustomed to getting ourselves bronzed before heading to a swanky event. Or just, er, to work.
But it turns out that us Brit ladies are actually going OFF the orange stuff.
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According to market analysts Mintel, sales of self-tan have dropped significantly over the past 12 months. They’re down from 17% to 13%.
Not only that, but the use of gradual self-tanning creams (y’know, the products that build up colour over time) have fallen from 15% to 13%.
Tanning salons themselves are also in decline.
Thought people were heading for spray tans in their droves? Well, it seems not. Only 8% of adults now use them, which is down 11%.
So why IS this happening? Seeing as it’s a year-round study, it can’t be because we’re now in winter.
It seems to have more to do with the fact that beauty trends are heading further away from sunkissed ‘holiday’ skin and closer towards a ‘pale and interesting’ look.
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This was notable at this year’s Fashion Week shows, where models shunned fake tan in favour of their natural complexions.
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As Mintell’s Jack Duckett says: ‘The trend was highlighted at London Fashion Week, where shows featured models wearing more natural make-up with a dewy sheen.’
While we think it’s great that more of us are feeling more comfortable in our own skin, we’re not sure we’ll be throwing our mitts away just yet…