31 July 2013

Faking a Real Tan

Comparing my pasty pale self to the super sun-kissed skin I'm showing off in the snaps from past family breaks abroad soon turned me into an avid tanner. My current sun-starved state has encouraged even more of a regular routine to fake a real glow - it's true, an all over hint of tint makes you feel and look a whole lot better, and so here's how I strive to achieve my just-jetted-home-from-holiday healthy hit...

The first step starts 24 hours before with a good old scrub down, and for that I'll reach for something along the lines of the St Tropez Body Polish. Regular soap-based scrubs contain ingredients which can leave a residue lingering on the skin, preventing tan from penetrating but this stuff preps perfectly, shedding dead cells for a smooth, soft surface. I'll also whip it out a few times weekly to help my tan fade evenly and because it's gentle enough it won't degrade or break-down the bronziness. The next day I'll nourish those hard-to-tan ankles, elbows, knees, wrists and all with the Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion. A silky, milky consistency which tackles dry patches but a formula not too thick that it becomes a barrier for the fake stuff.

I then begin with the big gun, Xen Tan's Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe, a natural looking, olive-toned lotion which whiffs of sweet vanilla as opposed to soggy digestive. I'll pair this product with the Xen Tan Tanning Mitt, squeeze on a small blob and starting in sections I get blending from the tops of the feet in upwards sweeps to the d√©colletage. Things can get a little tricky when it comes to the back, but if you've got a good friend to lend a tan-applying hand then you're in luck. Me? When that's not always the case, I admit I'll maneuver myself into many odd positions to reach those hard-to-get-places (you don't wanna know). I'll finish up on the hands, swapping the mitt over to bronze-up the backs, buffing between the fingers, taking it up to the tips and connecting it to where I last finished on the wrists. The mitt makes all the difference, but if you're more of a hands-on kinda gal, it still slaps on completely streak-free as well, just be sure to give them a rinse when you're finished. Come my morning shower, the guide shade gets washed away and I'm left with a hint of tint which lasts out about 7 days.

For the face, the last step to my skincare routine a few times weekly is a sweeping of the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning - a glow-giving, lightweight lotion which builds up nicely and takes the edge off a pasty face. And that completes my head-to-toe tanning ritual -  simply typing away at this post is telling me I'm in need of a top-up...


  1. Great tips, I wouldn't know how to use it! Thanks! I really like reading your blog xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  2. Looks great on you and thanks for the great tips!

  3. Soggy digestive haha!! I completely agree! My tan is fading at the mo and I am sporting a little bit of a snake skin, this needs to be rectified tomorrow! I am so lusting after the xen tan, it sounds amazing! X


    1. Haha, pretty much sums up that tan scent right?! ;-) Ah it's great stuff you should give it a go! x


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