Saturday, 30 June 2012
I love being tanned as much as the next Northern girl, so when I've been on holiday I am determined to maintain my tan for as long as possible!! So I just thought I'd give you a run down of some of the products I use to gain and maintain a bronzed body as well as some little tips that I find help me personally!!!
Firstly and most importantly is use a good sun lotion. Always use the SPF that is correct for you. There is nothing more dangerous (and unattractive) about burning. Your tan won't thank you for it and neither will your appearance in 10 years time!! Personally I use Piz Buin's Tan Intensifier cream. It's a real bargain at only £3.99 in Home Bargains and I feel it really does help my tan. As I am quite fair skinned, I always use SPF 15.
Next is a good after sun product! This holiday I discovered Avon's After Sun Shimmer Tan Enhancer (£4.00 in the sale, originally £7.00). I don't think I noticed whether the tan enhancer part of this worked, however it does have a slight shimmer to it which just makes you sparkle especially while it's still light outside on a night! Perfect for making your body look glorious and shimmery!!
I'm a massive scrubaholic. I love using body and facial scrubs as I believe they are the best way to make sure your skin is healthy and glowing with or without a tan. My personal favourite is Scrub of your Life from Soap and Glory. Whilst on holiday, I took the travel version which ended up lasting more than the week, so you don't need a lot. It stops your tan getting patchy and ensures all the dead skin is scrubbed away!
Moisturising is always key to a good tan. Although I use after sun whilst on holiday, I also use a moisturiser as it really sinks into your skin maintaining your skin's shine. I love Soap and Glory's The Righteous Butter which smells divine as well as being a great product.
Always wax/epilate over shaving when trying to maintain a natural tan. Shaving can remove dead skin cells, which can also removes your tan. My epilating/waxing you're focussing primarily on the hairs, so your skin (and ergo your tan) is left alone!!
But my number one tip for having a bronzed beautiful body.... FAKE IT!!! There's a wide range of false tans out there with my personal favourites being St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse (£3.99) and St Tropez's Self Tan Bronzing Spray (£17.49). Both of these tans develop over a few hours then wash them off for an all over bronzed glow!