Summer skin, something we all lust for…. A healthy glow and beautifully bronzed skin! Tanning is something I never really cared for until last year when I received the Cocoa Brown self-tanner which I absolutely loved and it also makes for the perfect budget buy if you are looking into trying out tanning for the first time. Since then my focus has been trying to perfect self-tanning by using various devices and the traditional mitt, alongside a good body scrub.
As you might already know my skins very pale and tanning was the last thing I’d think to be doing as it always comes out patchy or much darker than expected on my skin; this in return making it look un-natural and uneven. Since trying Cocoa Brown and expanding onto Xen-Tan, tanning has become my new favourite confidence booster for giving that healthy glow and more toned appearance. Today’s post will be focusing on a combination of my favourite tanning tools and products! I will also be reviewing everything mentioned in this post individually over the next coming weeks so stay tuned for that!
Step One: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate, I can’t repeat this enough!! It’s the number one source for getting that flawless fake tan that looks natural and even. My current exfoliator at the moment is from Nip and Fab as its extra scrubby and leaves my skin really soft ready for applying my fake tan. When exfoliating you can use a body brush on the dry skin just before applying your tan or in the shower on wet skin alongside your exfoliator of choice! Another option would be using the Magnitone pulsar, another excellent tool for exfoliating the skin. The great thing about the Magnitone is the fact the device can be used for multiple things with the different brush heads for the body and face, thus giving you more flexibility when it comes to getting a good exfoliation and increasing overall circulation.
Step Two: Applying the tan, this used to be an art form when using your hands, but now most retailers stock tanning mitts! These mitts are an absolute godsend when it comes to applying your tan as it applies the product evenly and precisely; giving natural-looking results. I wouldn’t go back to using my hands to apply self-tanner now as the results using mitts really does out way hands and doesn’t make your skin patchy or uneven, it covers every area. I’ve mentioned Cocoa Brown as a great budget-friendly option, and Xen-Tan is another favourite of mine from a more higher end scale but it’s definitely worth the price if you’re looking for something more hydrating and packed full of moisturising butter. For All My Eternity is a new self-tanning brand I recently stumbled across through The Blogger Programme and them stock lots of different shades and tanning formulas that come packed full of natural extracts and organic oils. I went with the FAME tanning mouse dark tan gold edition, and currently loving this over all the other tans I’ve used; purely because it’s natural and doesn’t contain harmful DHA and other substances that I’ve heard can be bad for your skin.
Step Three: Keeping your tan topped up is key to a flawless finish that lasts days! I love the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR shimmer body oil as it hydrates the skin beautifully, whilst leaving a subtle golden glow with tiny shimmer particles that really help enhance the overall colour of the tan and keep it looking summer ready. Another great product I’ve used is the Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel that works as a barrier to top up your tan and darkens the skin more! This also contains shimmer particles and includes hydrating oils to keep skin soft and smooth. You could also try Hawaiian Tanning oil to make your skin appear more tanned whilst protecting the skin from harmful UV rays.
Hopefully, you’ve found this post useful and let me know your thoughts/tanning tips?
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