Since we haven’t all been able to get away and make the most of the vacay sunshine in 2020, tanning brands have been reporting that their self-tan sales have been up by 450%, it seems a lot of us still want to glow from home and look beautifully bronzed even if that is just for a trip to the English Riviera.
During the summer months our skin has a tendency to become dry and dull, overloaded and often pigmented due to sun exposure, resulting in a complexion that is less than glowing if we don’t look after it. As much as I love to lay on the beach with a glass of rose in one hand and a good book in the other, I’m aware of the importance of reapplying my SPF knowing how much damage the sun can do to our skin.
This year to achieve my best glow, I’ve fallen a little bit back in love with gradual tan. I’ve tried so many gradual tans over the years and personally they are one of my favourite self-tan formulas being quick, easy, moisturising and leaving no mess. To ensure a perfect, even application it’s important to prepare skin thoroughly before applying any tanning products and skin prep should start 24 hours before tan application.
For a go to glow here are my top tips below:
‘HELP ME, I’M PALE’
Start by dry body brushing, a great way to exfoliate without using scrubs. Dry body brushing daily is a natural way to encourage cell turnover (preventing ingrown hairs), increase blood flow and circulation, eliminate dead skin cells, and help the body’s natural detoxification process.
Exfoliate, using either an exfoliating body scrub or exfoliating gloves prior to tanning will smooth everything out and remove any existing tan, allowing for an even glow. Ideally any scrubs should be oil free especially if exfoliating within the 24 hours of applying tan.
‘TONIGHTS FORECAST: 99% CHANCE OF TANNING’
Right before applying gradual tan, apply an oil-free moisturiser or barrier cream to any dry areas, anywhere where tan would normally stick to, so this includes elbows, knees, ankles and hands. Make sure not to wear deodorant or perfume on the day of application as this can cause a colour reaction.
‘A GOOD TAN IS THE BEST ACCESSORY’
Preparation complete, it’s time to tan. Personally, I’d always recommend starting from the bottom of your legs and work up in long sweeping motions, buffing the tan in with a velour mitt ensuring everywhere is covered. Once you have tanned everywhere apart from your hands and feet, use the leftover tan on the mitt and blend what is left into your hands and feet (avoiding the palms and soles). Application is key to a perfect tan so never tan in a rush.
‘THEY TOLD ME I COULD BE ANYTHING, SO I DECIDED TO BE TANNED’
Depending on how deep you want your tan you can top up every 2-4 days, that’s the great thing about gradual tan, it can be super bespoke to give you the colour you want. Gradual tan is also extremely kind to our skin.
‘GLOWING SKIN IS ALWAYS IN’
Make sure to lightly exfoliate every 2-3 days before reapplying your gradual tan, it might feel like the last thing you want to do when building up colour, but it’s important to give yourself a full body exfoliation to remove any dead skin cells and keep your skin looking healthy. If your skin is looking dry or flaky it’s probably a little bit dehydrated so it’s best to opt for a gentler exfoliator to buff and polish already tanned skin.
To maintain an everlasting glow, keep your showers nice and cool.
‘YOU DEW YOU’
Finally, moisturise, moisturise and moisturise some more! Tan contains an ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which can dry the skin out slightly if not kept moisturised, its less apparent with a gradual tan as this is already a moisturiser within itself but to keep your skin extra glowy, moisturise daily when you get out of the bath or shower.
… and that’s it, you’ll be good to glow.