Coming into winter means we no longer need to maintain a gorgeous glow, right? WRONG! Just because the mercury has plummeted to chilly lows, and more of our skin is covered up than shown off, certainly doesn’t mean we are letting a natural looking and feeling bronzed tan go!
While it may seem impossible to maintain a weekly spray tan (who has time for that nowadays?), we never underestimate the power of high quality take home tanning product to complement your spray tan, or wear on their own.
Here are our top tips to help your tan last longer this winter:
Instant Self-Tan Mousse.
Perfect to use in place of a spray tan on those days where you just can’t make it in salon, this self-tanner contains the exact formula we use for our spray tans, in mousse form, to give you a gorgeous natural brown colour in minutes! We recommend applying this 3-4 days after a spray tan to build up colour, or in its own to bring life to pastel scarves and warm boots.
Gradual Tan Extender.
This is our #1 favourite in winter! Not only does this deliciously scented lotion gradually build up a subtle glow over 3-5 days, it also acts as a nourishing moisturiser and tan extender in one, to give you the best of both worlds. If you want to maintain colour over the colder months, we use this in replacement of our regular body lotion at night to build up a natural glow.
Illuminating Body Tint.
When the situation calls for bare legs and an emergency last-minute tanning session, just a hint of tint is necessary. Trial Sunescape’s Illuminating Body Tint, and apply it all over or to special areas like your collarbones or shins to elongate legs, giving your skin that finishing touch.
Faux tanning can be oh so right, but oftentimes, it just goes OH. SO. WRONG…
To avoid classic tanning mistakes like the ‘way too dark hands’, ‘streaky leg syndrome’, and ‘I didn’t think I’d be wearing a backless outfit and now I’m literally two different skin colours’, we have some essential self-tanning tips to help your glow look as natural and flawless as possible.
Baby got (a tanned) back.
Tanning your back may be your least favourite thing to do ever, closely followed by taking out the bins and getting petrol, but simply turning your application mitt around so that the velvety applicator side is on the back of your hand could save you dozens of TANtrums. OR, our Luxe Applicator Mitt‘s velvety material is double-sided so you can reach every nook and cranny, every which way you turn! The cute extra thumb area also makes for a perfect addition when tanning around your neck and ankles.
Only tan what’s visible.
Yes, we know you might be constantly living in fear that your selective tanning habits might be caught out, but we have just the products to fix this eternal dilemma! For those events where your legs, arms, back, neck or any other area of your body is on show, use a DHA-free (wash off tan) formula that will allow you to apply tan at the last minute, and then wash off when you are done. AND it looks just as good as the longer-term tan you normally marinate in. Our picks are the Illuminating Body Tint and Instant Wash-Off Mousse.
Spot treat your mistakes.
During the tanning process is the make or break. One missed streak or darker patch and you are done for, right? Nope. While you are tanning, keep an exfoliating mitt and soap and water close by to massage in to any body part that tan has been applied to too heavily. Our Tan Removal Mitt is best used damp too quickly and easily wipe away any mistakes before time is against you and the tan dries!
Oil slick does the trick.
If you’ve woken up and realised that your skin maaay be a little too dark for your liking, especially when you started off the same colour as Frosty the Snowman, a deliciously scented body oil and warm water will do the trick in fading your tan quicker and starting over. Oil causes the DHA (the ingredient that tans your skin) to breakdown quicker and your tan will fade evenly. It might take a few goes to get it to completely fade away, but it will definitely do the trick, and you’ll smell pretty darn good too. Our top pick is Pure Fiji’s Exotic Body Oil.