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Ditching rays for sprays

We all feel better when we’re a little more bronzed, that ‘healthy glow’ of sun kissed skin is so appealing, yet those harmful rays from the sun are not so healthy.Sabrina Chakici - Clutch and carry on - uk travel blogger, costa navarino, costa navarino blog, london travel blogger, sabrina chakici tblogger-225

Sabrina Chakici - Clutch and carry on - uk travel blogger, costa navarino, costa navarino blog, london travel blogger, sabrina chakici tblogger-236

Sabrina Chakici - Clutch and carry on - uk travel blogger, costa navarino, costa navarino blog, london travel blogger, sabrina chakici tblogger-231

Sabrina Chakici - Clutch and carry on - uk travel blogger, costa navarino, costa navarino blog, london travel blogger, sabrina chakici tblogger-223I am fortunate enough to have travelled to some truly wonderful places in the world, a lot of which enjoy strong sunshine throughout the year and boast beautiful warm bikini temperatures and yet, I have never really been a ‘sunbather’. My husband, family members and most friends of mine are blessed with darker skin than my own and they love nothing more than laying out and deepening their glow but for me, with my natural pale skin, I have always dodged the sun like the plague! So much so, that my husband nick names me the ‘Sun-Dodger’.

I am a big fan of ye old factor 30! In fact you won’t see me wearing anything else when abroad. I think if my skin were less susceptible to burning I may have a different view but for me, I just can’t see the logic in wearing anything less. There is nothing worse than the discomfort of burning, it also looks pretty daft too!

As I burn so easily and suffer from terrible prickly heat I have often used the Sun Angel to prep my skin before going away. Although this is the safest tanning bed in the market it’s still a sun bed at the end of the day and therefore dangerous to my skin. I find myself torn between the prep and prevention when it comes to my tanning process, I don’t want to put myself at risk but I also don’t want to burn when away. It’s also no lie that I like to look bronzed when frolicking in a bikini abroad and as a self confessed anti-sunbather sun beds are a quick way to get a tan pre-trip. Yes it’s a little vain, but I am always honest here on C&C and there is no point in my dodging the fact that I feel better when tanned. I know I’m not alone!

Up until a few weeks ago I had always thought that fake tanning before a holiday in the sun was a bad idea. The horror stories of streaky tans and patchy limbs have always put me off. I read that applying sun tan lotion also makes the tan blotchy and because I always slop on the SPF I didn’t want the horror story of looking like a tie-dyed oompa loompa!

So when the lovely team at Fake Bake got in touch with me I thought I’d test the rumours out for myself. I had a weekend trip to Greece planned so I figured it could go two ways. ‘I look gorgeous and brown so I can take lots of outfit posts and bikini snaps’ OR ‘I look blotchy and orange for a weekend so wear long dresses with gypsy sleeves to cover my skin and focus more on the scenery in my write up’ 😉 It wasn’t going to be a deal breaker either way as the weather was going to be an average of 18-20 degrees so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test out a pre-holiday spray tan.

So the lovely Eloise from Fake Bake came round to my house and gave me a spray tan. She was in and out within 10 minutes and due to her handy little pop-up tent and spraying skills my house didn’t see a drop of product and I was free to roam around naked whilst it dried – perfect!

Tanned and ready I set off for Costa Navarino the next day, feeling  ah-ma-zing. I was brown, it was flawless, it was awesome. I went for a darker shade than usual as I wanted the tan to last and oh my goodness was it perfect. My friend who I travelled with, Emma, could’t believe how natural my tan was. She said if I had’t told her, she would have never guessed it was a bottle tan! The same went for you guys on social media, I have never has so many nice comments and sweet words.

I applied my usual moisturiser, sun lotion and even used make-up remover on my face during the trip and it didn’t phase my skin at all – the tan remained even and glowing. I am so so pleased I gave it a try as now I can get a spray tan every time I go away and not have to worry about going patchy 😀 We were super active during the weekend so I did catch some natural sun out and about and it was nice to see that when my fake tan wore off my natural tan was revealed 🙂 On my second day home (after 5 days wear) I did notice a few dry areas of build up on my neck and elbows and armpits but I scrubbed them off and I was back to normal 🙂 So pleased with my decision!

From now on it’ll be Fake Bake all the way for me, no more high risk, ageing, dangerous sun beds for me!





Images taken on Costa Navarino’s private beach by Emma Slade.




  1. MC
    April 28, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    You look amazing babe! I’m a fan of the “fake bake” too – great color minus the harmful effective of UV rays is a win-win!


    • Sabrina
      April 29, 2016 / 11:33 am

      Thanks hun, it’s so much easier too! 😉


  2. Nikki
    April 28, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Great review! I know the struggle of wanting a bronzed glow but also wanting so avoid skin damage from the sun. I’ve started to use self tanner more and this time when I am at the beach I only allow myself 30min in the sun max. No more lying out for hours. Just not worth it!

    Also you are stunning…seriously can rock a bikini!!

    Xx Nikki |


    • Sabrina
      April 29, 2016 / 11:34 am

      Oh thanks babe!!! I know same for me too, it’s just so much easier x


  3. Julia (The Velvet Runway)
    April 30, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    You look amazing! The swimsuit is gorgeous too! I have never tried “fake bake”, but I have used the gradual tan products, which give a golden glow and help me to keep a tan a bit longer 🙂


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