Summer is creeping ever closer and with that means it’s almost time for bare legs and bikinis – a scary thought we know.
To help you ease your way into the holiday season be sure to get yourself prepped. Now is the ideal time to start applying a gradual tan to give you a totally natural looking hue for the summer days ahead.
The beauty of a gradual tan means you can create your own colour – apply more often for a deeper tan or every now and then for a lighter glow. It’s up to you! To insure an even colour all over make sure you exfoliate areas where your skin may be rougher. Even with a gradual tan this is key to get a good base for future applications. Dry or rough skin will absorb more of the colour pigment than smooth skin leaving you with unattractive orange knees and elbows!
Also if your planning on using a product you’ve not used before always do a patch test 24 hours prior to use. Just pop a small amount of product on your skin and leave for a day to test for any kind of reaction or sensitivity. A simple step to avoid a total disaster and emergency skin scrubbing.
Have a read of the best buys and get tanning!
St Tropez Tinted Gradual Tan £15 If you're one of those people that never has enough time in the day for beauty bits, this is the tan for you. It absorbs super quickly into the skin leaving a soft powdery finish that doesn’t transfer onto clothes – the dream.
Rimmel Sun Shimmer In-Shower Self Tan £6.99 This build-able wonder product is used in the shower, a complete convenience buy. Simply use after you’ve rinsed off your shower gel, apply and massage onto wet skin, rinse off and pat dry – it literally takes only a minute!
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body £26 Now, it may be a bit more pricey than most but it’s worth it. Add 4-6 of this oil into your regular body lotion and apply as usual for a made-to-measure natural looking tan. It’ll last you forever too!
Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Gradual Self Tan £6.99 This body lotion with added self tanners comes in two shades; fair-medium and medium-dark. You can’t go wrong with this one, switch out your standard moisturiser for this and watch the tan build ready for summer.
Palmers Cocoa Butter Gradual Tanner £7.99 A spray on lotion containing a combination of pure cocoa butter, vitamin E, coconut oil and a touch of self tanner. Spray in a continuous motion 7-10cm away from the skin and gently rub in for a delicate summer glow.