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Sun & Tanning
Posted: December 10 2013
The self tan up-date for winter is all about swapping your summer ‘week in the med’ tan for a ‘weekend away’ glow. The tones are much softer with honey shades that are more flattering on winter pale skin and ditch the sprays for creamy textures that will be much more moisturising and hydrating.
The look is definitely more golden than bronzed this season – even at this year’s Victoria’s Secret show there was a virtual ‘tan ban’ imposed by make-up artist Dick Page. A healthy golden glow ruled over the usual V.S super-dark tan.
Best for Body...
Gradual self-tans are great for building up colour, evenly and over-time. Most of them you only need to use once or twice a week to help maintain a subtle but gorgeous honey colour right through until the spring.
Best for Face...
As most of our summer, skin-baring clothes will be heading to the back of the wardrobe, keep the glow going in the form of winter-flushed cheeks by using a gradual face tanner.
3. If you prefer creams - bareMinerals Faux Tan Face Gradual Glow Sunless Tanner
4. If you prefer gels - Lancôme Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Face
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise...
It’s a double drying whammy in the winter months as the weather and the tanning agent DHA (used in self-tan products) naturally dries out the skin so keep on top of it by using a super-moisturising and hydrating body lotion and face cream.
As gradual tans can take longer to develop, we find applying (non-tinted versions) before we go to sleep at night means we wake up golden and ready to go.
Fake it Fast...
Top up the tan in an instant with a sweep of bronzer across the cheek - but remember to swap your powder bronzer (more drying for the skin) for a creamy alternative. Try Stila One Step Bronze
“Subtle is the key word for a winter tan, keep your tan a lighter shade in winter then from summer to stay looking natural”.
Nichola Joss, St. Tropez Tanning Expert
YOU NEED TO
Don’t worry if you still prefer a deeper self-tan during the winter months; there’s a great little at-home trick you can try to keep the colour but look after any season-dry skin.
“Take your usual self-tan and mix a few pumps in with your body lotion for a DIY gradual tan with a more intense colour.” - Celebrity Tanner James Harknett
Our TOP 3 Tans...
Eva Longoria, Cheryl & Jennifer Aniston - but who do you like? Share your favourite with us below...
1. Quick Cheat
Just remembered you’re wearing strappy shoes with great cropped trousers, but you haven’t self-tanned? Take a powder brush (I love Ecotools Bamboo Sculpting Brush ) and buff in an instant tan like Rimmel Sunshimmer on any bare bits to instantly bring winter pale skin back to life.
2. For Party Legs
Looking to pull out the little black dress for the weekend but your legs look a little pale & pasty? Thisworks Perfect Legs really does work. It smooth’s out any imperfections and leaves you with a subtle sun-kissed glow. Start using mid-week for party-ready pins.
3. The Skin Finish
A feelunique team favourite - St. Tropez Illuminator is a gorgeous skin finishing tool. Apply across your décolletage and down the front of shins (a good slimming trick too) for a glamorous evening shimmer.
Gone in a Flash
Remove any patchy self tan build up by adding a few drops of body oil into your bath – it breaks down the ‘tan’ making it easier to gently rub off, plus it leaves the skin really soft.