As I sit here writing this post it’s raining outside. You might already know I’m in the UK for the whole month of August this year, partly because I wanted to run away from the 46ºC we had in Portugal when I left. However, there is no better time for me to be writing this, as I obviously won’t be getting a tan this year (but who am I kidding, I never do!)
I’ve been using self-tanner since last year and, even though I mostly can’t be bothered to use it every week, I feel like I have fallen into a routine since the beginning of this summer. Having tan friends and not wanting to look like a ghost next to them will do that to a person!
The first thing I do is prep my skin for fake tanning is to moisturize it regularly. I’ve never been the best at moisturizing my body, who has time for that? The thought of getting pregnant a few years from now and being covered in stretch marks, however, is making me want to moisturize my skin and drink more water lately. Still, I don’t do it enough, I keep forgetting all the time! I’ve been using Soap&Glory The Righteous Butter moisturizer for my legs whenever I shave. It’s very thick so it feels super moisturizing, but it’s still easy to apply.
Next thing that is super important is to exfoliate your skin. I normally fake tan at night, so when I shower the day before I make sure to exfoliate and shave! I’ve been loving Stoap&Glory Flake Away Body polish for exfoliating. It smells amazing and is quite a strong exfoliator. It has little sand particles that really get the job done.
Shaving is a tricky one. When you shave your legs you’re also exfoliating that skin and some of the tan can (and probably will) come off. So be careful with that. A good alternative is to wax but I’ll admit sometimes I’m too lazy! (I’ve learned a lot about waxing since I started, would you want a post about that?)
Now for my actual fake tanning products. I use the Rimmel SunShimmer self-tan mousse, that I reviewed here. I got the full range from Rimmel and have been using the mousse every week ever since! It says it develops in only one hour but I usually just keep it on overnight.
I don’t find that it lasts 7 days, maybe because I don’t moisturize as much as I should. Whenever I feel like I need a pick me up in the middle of the week I love using the Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived tanning moisturizer. I will even use this alone if I don’t feel like going all out and applying the mousse. The Dove fake tanning moisturizer is super easy to apply, doesn’t have a colour guide, so it doesn’t stain your hands. It’s a gradual tan so you won’t get any patchiness and it’s just super quick and easy.
I find that both of them have a little bit of that fake tan smell when you keep them on for a few hours, but I haven’t tried any tan that doesn’t. Also, I don’t mind the smell so I’m fine with it.
If you ever get fake tan stains on your hands the best way to get rid of them is laundry detergent! The powder one. The powder particles exfoliate your skin as it cleans. Try not to do this too often, though, it doesn’t sound like the healthiest thing for your skin!
Let me know what you thought of this blog post! Have you been using any fake tanning products recently? What are your favourites? I’ve recently purchased a fake tanning mousse from St. Moriz that I plan to review here on the blog soon!