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Fake tan faux pas and 5 other mistakes to avoid this Spring Racing Carnival

Thursday 20 October, 2016 by Laura

With the arrival of the Spring Racing Carnival, there's a new scent in the air.

No, it's not the smell of geldings and grass. It's that undefinable fresh-baked-plastic-biscuit scent that can only mean one thing.

Fake tan season is here.

Of course, the scent of fake tans is preferable to that of sizzling skin, but that choice alone won't be enough to keep your skin protected at the track.

So if you're headed to the Spring Racing Carnival (or just prepping for a big day out), be sure to follow this advice for a SunSmart day.

1.    Fake the tan, not the SPF

It's easy to mistake that fake tan for a protective barrier. Unfortunately, it's not that easy, so fake tanners need to keep slip, slop, slapping.

If you do choose a fake tanning product with SPF, you'll still need to re-apply sunscreen every two hours.

2.    Face up to sun protection

The skin on your face is very delicate and sensitive to burn, so you definitely don't want to skimp on the sun protection here!

Again, even if you use SPF cosmetics, you'll still need a two-hourly top-up. A great solution is to choose an SPF powder or veil spray that you can easily apply over the top of your make-up every couple of hours without building a cakey look.

Pop a small sunscreen in your purse for your arms, legs and any other sun-exposed areas!

3.    Big brims are better

Forget the flimsy fascinator with its demand for an elaborate hairstyle that requires so much hairspray that you have to steer clear of open flames. No one wants to be a walking fire hazard.

A big hat is a better option that shields the delicate skin on your face, neck and ears, while cutting your hair prep time in half.

There's also plenty of fun styles to choose from – the straw boater, floppy brim and oversized fedora have all been stars in previous Fashions on the Field.

(Bonus tip for the guys – a hat will instantly add a fresh look to that suit you've worn several events in a row!)

4.    Throw out your cut-outs

Sure, that geometrical cut-out feature may look fantastic at night, but when the sun's UV rays are out it's a burn pattern waiting to happen.

Choose a frock that gives good coverage, or pair your dress with a light jacket to protect exposed skin.

5.    Make for the marquees

You might not have scored a ticket to the exclusive Birdcage, but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the marquees littered around the track for a bit of shade seeking.

It's a long day out and you want to take shelter from the sun where you can. Bring your own marquee or have fun exploring the public marquees available for a shady break.

6.    Don't leave your sunscreen at home if it's cloudy or cool!

Not every race day is going to be a sunny scorcher. But every race day is going to have high levels of UV radiation, and that's what causes sunburn. UV rays are invisible, so you're not going to be able to see or feel them.

Check the SunSmart app on race day to find out the sun protection times for the day. During these times, protect your skin and eyes whenever you're outdoors. Simple.

(Second bonus tip – an umbrella doubles as portable shade if you get one of Melbourne's four-season days.)

Share your SunSmart race day outfit with us at our Facebook page or other social media channels using the hashtag #sunsmartstyle

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