Faux Tans. No doubt about it, this is the way to go to create that healthy sun-kissed look while avoiding the dreaded threat of skin cancer, but take care with the application.

Don’t choose a colour too dark for you. Rather have it professionally done the first time because it can easily streak. Always exfoliate your skin first.

Whether using lotion or spray, avoid the eye area as there is a compound called dihydroxyacetone in the mix that could cause severe inflammation.

Energise your skin. Start each day with gentle stretching exercises that will get the oxygen pumping and the blood moving quickly through your veins.

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Hydrate your face and neck once a week by using that tried and tested old method of putting your face over a bowl of boiling water and a few drops of essential oil. Cover your head and bowl with a towel so you catch all the steam. Drink a glass of cold water afterwards.

Knees, elbows and knuckles. Dark-skinned people often find these areas are darker than their normal skin colour. Try these few ideas.

    • A spoon of vegetable oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey and a squirt of lemon juice. Rub on the dark areas, leave for ten minutes and wash off.
    • You can try making a scrub of olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Use in the shower every day, using a natural sponge or loofah.
    • Vaseline Intensive Care, used daily, I am told, works well.
    • Never use a pumice stone. It is too harsh.

Vinegar. We don’t always associate vinegar with healthy skin procedures, but try adding half a cup of ordinary white vinegar to your bath water. Vinegar is a soothing skin softener and a natural antiseptic.

If your skin is very oily, mix half and half apple cider vinegar and cool water. It is a cheap, easy and healthy astringent (and also helps with acne and head lice!).