“LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO SIT ON YOUR BEDSHEETS, STICKY, WITH AN UNEVEN TAN AND SMELLING OF BISCUITS.”
If there’s one beauty tip from gurus all over the world, that I’m taking on board and more so ever than recently, it’s to protect your skin! As much as I adore the warmth of the sun on my skin, I don’t tan too easily, and for me, it’s not worth the damage. Time and time again we’re told by the wiser, that their one, holy, beauty tip is SPF, so I’ve been making an effort to wear highly protective sunblock every day (prevention, not the cure lads). But your gal still wants to be sun kissed.
So I’m a bit of a tan-commitment phobe. I want to reap the deep, bronzed, glowing rewards, without sitting there for hours waiting for a smelly tan to dry. Which is why I thought I’d share my holy grail tan products. The ones that give me a glow. The ones that dry even and fade even more so, without hours of exfoliation needed. They dry quickly and have garnered me countless compliments this summer. Here’s a lazy girls guide to a killer tan and all year, summer glow! (minimal effort required!)
THE FACE SAVIOURS
This most notoriously difficult part of your body to tan and the most pivotal to protect. I want something that matches my body, provides decent protection and minus the yucky formula so many tend to have. First up is the all rounder and beach bag essential: Bioderma’s Photoderm 50 SPF tinted formula. Its suitable for all skin types thanks to it’s oil free formula. Which means it’s moisturising enough for dryer skinned gals but also a non greasy formula, should you have a high oil production. It activates the skin’s natural defences, protects cells and combats premature skin ageing, so something you want to have to hand – plus the coverage is awesome. Similarly, award winning PÜR Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make-up is another perfect choice with SPF 15, also working as a concealer and powder all in one, also perfect for a range of skin types. Sweep over your skin for a more even skin tone for a hit of coverage for a summer evening.
Erborians copper glow is basically an instant, sun kissed glow in a compact and I’ve raved about this on my YouTube channel before. Perfect for an all over, warm and even summer glow. Swept across my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose this looks like the sun has kissed you in all the right places. Last but not least, is the Vita Liberata Beauty Blur, Skin Tone Optimizer. The first face product I tried from my all time favourite tan brand did not disappoint. It works as a primer, tanner and skin finish all squeezed into an instagrammable bottle. I pop this on with my fingers for a day of coverage and even complexion, with the added bonus of it gradually tanning your skin at the same time.
SHOP THE TAN EDIT
THE ‘SWEAR BY’S’
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably heard me rave on and on (and then ON!) about Vita Liberata before, purely because they can do no wrong when it comes to the tanning game. I swear by their products, because they deliver every time, are quick, easy and flawless to apply and fade super evenly to avoid the dreaded ‘week after’ tanning patches. The two I use on a weekly, almost daily basis, alternate between the 2-3 week tan lotion (or the foaming version, depending on your formula preference) and my newest love (and desert island product!) the invisi tanning water!
These are two products I recommend to EVERYONE, you cannot go wrong with them and never has anything come close to comparing! Another product I love to switch things up with is the Skinny Tan 7 day tanner, which has a really thick, luxurious texture and smells DIVINE! Another one that glides on very smoothly and evenly and most importantly, fades without much maintenance! Enriched with Aloe Vera, the naturally derived tanning ingredient blends with your skin tone for a beautifully natural result and a delicious, tropical scent!
THE GLOW GETTERS
Recently, especially with the sun shining and evenings staying lighter and brighter, I’ve really been into layering products over my tan to give me a healthy, summer glow and gleaming limbs. It’s also a huge confidence booster and really sets off your tan. I look for oil based products to both moisturise and add a beautiful sheen to the skin. The Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess oil is a no brainer and all round saviour, especially when in a rush and you want to perk up the skin. It’s a dry, shimmering body oil – perfect used either smudged across your cheekbones, décolletage or my fave is swept over your shins and thighs. I use a tanning mitt to apply as it’s very glittery and leaves me with Edward Cullen style hands!
For something more subtle, the Elizabeth Arden ‘Eight Hour’ all over miracle oil is a great choice and also fab to soothe your skin if you have been soaking up some afternoon rays. It can be used on the face, body and hair for an instant, luxurious moisture hit. The perfect beach companion, with no risk of spills and a delicate scent, great to spritz over the legs for a more natural glow and to feed your skin at the same time!
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Would love to know if you’ve tried any of these products or what your desert Island tanning products are! Be sure to join the discussion below or pop me a message on Instagram!
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Photography by Ben Kapur