Lets talk TAN!

No matter what time of year it is, I always reach for the fake tan! 

The problem is with faking it is that it can either make you look healthy and glowing or, if it goes wrong, you can end up very streaky and very orange (I have had plenty of those experiences!)

So I wanted to share with you the tips I have picked up along the way to make sure that you can achieve an even, long lasting and glamorous tan.

  1. It’s all about the bass

Just like when you prime your face before adding foundation, you need to prime your skin before applying any sort of tan. By this I mean that you need to make sure you have smooth, soft and hairless skin.

The easiest way to do this is to hop in the bath/shower with a great exfoliator at hand. Now if you are a girl like me who likes to tan a lot, then you may be under the impression that most exfoliators would be too harsh to use on your skin every time prior to tanning… and you’re probably right. If I used an exfoliator each time before I tanned (which would be every 2-3 days), then my skin would become very blotchy and very sensitive.

The best way I have found to get away with this is to use an exfoliator which is gentle enough to be used often, but with an exfoliating mitt to allow all the dead and uneven skin to be removed.

My absolute favourite exfoliator for all time to do this with is…

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Gentle Polish Body Scrub – £5.50 200ml – Buy it here

This does exactly what it says on the tin! It is very gentle and specifically says it can be used daily to refine and smooth skin. If you like body scrubs which contain oil then you will love this as it contains orange oil and because of this, it feels very luxurious when applied to the skin.

If you need something a little more porous to really make your skin smooth, then you can pair this with an exfoliating mitt/glove. I tend to do this to make sure I can create an even surface for my tan. I am not a fan of just the glove on its own with water, although you can use it this way and it may work for you. I don’t feel like my skin is treated  with any sort of moisturising ingredient when I use the glove on its own and therefore sometimes it can have an adverse effect, leaving my skin ‘sore’ rather than smooth and moisturised.

The exofliating gloves I reach for are from Boots, which you can pick them up for £2.69.

Make sure that whilst exfoliating you take extra care evening out areas of your body which are prone to dry skin. These areas include your elbows, knees and your feet…these can be the tell-tale signs of a bad tan!

2. dON’T FORGET YOUR FACE!

It is also important that you exfoliate your face if you are planning to tan it also. I would suggest using an alternative exfoliator rather than your body scrub, as your face can be a lot more sensitive than the rest of your body. The one I like to use is….

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Sanctuary Spa Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator – £7.00 – Buy it here

This is my go-to facial exfoliatior regardless of whether tan is involved. You can see an instant brighter complexion after using it and it leaves your face feeling extremely smooth…perfect for a tan base!

3. Which tan wins?

I have possibly tried every single tanning product on the market. From completely high end to the bargains out there, they have all been included in my dressing room drawers at some point! The one which always wins hands down for me and the one I always go back to is….

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St Moriz Self Tanning Mousse – £4.99. Buy it here

There are so many reasons why I have re-purchased this product over and over. Here are some tips and tricks about how to get the best out of St Moriz:

  • The product is buildable, which means that you can add another layer on top a day or two later if you want to make it darker, without it going uneven. However, as explained above, exfoliating is important. After the second application, you will need to exfoliate the dead and uneven skin on before applying again. Take it from a girl who has tried… it will leave you patchy! It is not a tan that will fade on your skin easily and it will take some work to maintain and completelty remove if you wish.
  • Moving on from the point above, the tan (like many other tans) has no moisturising benefits. Because of this, you have to ensure that you add moisturising to your beauty routine in between tanning sessions. This will be explained below.
  • Don’t expect a great smell! At the end of the day, there is a reason this product is so affordable! The scent of the product when it is developing onto your skin is not pleasant. It has the famous ‘digestive biscuit’ smell that many tans unfortunately have. However I do find that it does fade after the first rinse of the tan. For me, it is not a deal breaker.
  • Make sure you are using a tanning mitt – This tan is NOT easy to rinse off your hands! It is essential that you use a tanning mitt or some other tanning tool to apply it. Trying to wash it off your hands is murder..trust me!
4. exfoliate, tan, moisturise! exfoliate, tan, moisturise!

Moisturising your skin in between tanning sessions is extremely important. As explained above (and especially with this product), tans can be extremely drying and your skin will be screaming out for moisture after a couple of days. As well as this, moisturiser will help keep the dry skin at bay and will help your tan stay even for longer. Mositurising will allow you to achieve the ‘glowing’ skin, as well as the tanned skin!

I switch my moisturiser around all the time as I have a big collection to get through! I have to be honest, there isn’t one moisturiser which I feel completely loyal to. But the one I am using at the moment is…

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Soap and Glory The Daily Smooth Body Butter – £9.00. Buy it here 

The formula of this is extremely thick and creamy which is great if you really want a intense moisturiser. It includes Rosehip Seed Oil and Cocoa Butter and leaves a subtle tingling sensation on your skin after use.

If you prefer something easier and more convenient to fit into your everyday life, then you may prefer a body spray oil. You can spray it on after towel drying and it will absorb into your skin without any work your end. The best one I have found is from Sanctuary again and it is…

Sanctuary Body Moisture Spray – £5.50. Buy it here

I am currently out of this, but I will definitely be repurchasing!

So that is my go-to tanning routine. quick and easy, but as long as you make sure you exfoliate before tanning and moisturise after.. you won’t go far wrong!
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