Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The Tanning Ritual

With summer just around the corner, most of us are dreading baring our pale winter skin that has spent months hibernating beneath winter layers. I have found there to be 4 easy options to cheat that perfect sun-kissed glow, leaving you feeling sexy and summer ready.

1. The Prep

It is often said that preparation is the key to success, and this could not be more true for achieving the perfect tan. Exfoliation removes all of the dead skin cells and gives you a smooth base to apply your colour evenly. I would recommend Bliss Blood Orange & White Pepper Sugar Scrub, £28.60. It gently softens and smooths skin, leaving it clean and fresh and ready for tanning. Buy it here

2. The Gradual Tan

If you want a steady, believable tan then a gradual tanner is the best option to give you that healthy glow, no matter what time of year. I use La Prairie Gradual Tanning Lotion for Face and Body, £62 which is perfect for achieving that even sun-kissed look. Best of all it doesn't smell of fake tan so no one will know your secret! Buy it here

3. The Self Tanning Lotion

If you have delicate skin the St Tropez Sensitive Untinted Body Lotion, £28 achieves the same professional results in a hypoallergenic way. The natural ingredients of Avocado Butter melts into your skin to give off a radiant, streak free glow. Best of all it is not orange in the slightest and gives you the wealthy, velvety colour you would expect from St Tropez. Buy it here

4. The Self Tanning Spray

This is a quick fix to cheating holiday skin. I haven't found better than L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Express Self-Tanning Dry Mist, £7.33. No need to rub in and no streaks, just spritz the mist over your body which takes a matter of minutes. An easy, understated way to build up a groomed and bronzed appearance. Buy it here

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