So the first sunny/marginally warmer weekend has finally happened! When I say warm, you guys know I mean higher than 11 degrees. I like to celebrate an occasion like this by cracking out the gradual tanners. I’m not one for the full on fake tans, but these go the treat and give me an “I’ve just been on holiday” kind of glow.
The holiday glow can be super hard to maintain when you’re a face washing fanatic. Guilty. Facial scrubs and flannel buffing is normally the prime culprit of your face looking like it belongs on someone elses body. For this the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning is my little sun giving saviour in a bottle.
I apply this every other day and exfoliate a couple of times a week to make sure the tan applies evenly. I use a 10p sized blob on a cotton pad and smooth it over my skin around 20 minutes after applying the usual skincare suspects. On first look you would think that this would make paler girls look orange, but I found that this actually works best when I’m pale and the results are pretty much non existent when I’m sporting a natural tan.
When it comes to body tanning, I’ll never be a fake tan kinda girl but the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Every Day Body Moisturiser (in medium dark) sits nicely between a light gradual tanner and a fake tan as it still packs a nice little punch. I apply it in the evening around 20 minutes after any other body products have been applied. The colour builds up nicely and is noticeable from the first use, so I find this is a good one to use as a one off if you just want a little colour or every day for a constant healthy glow.
I may have missed the one hot day down south this weekend by being in Edinburgh, but it doesn’t mean I can’t look like I spent the day at a bar on the beach! Now, if you’ll excuse me ladies, I need to get my gradual glow on before I go back to work…