The secret to the perfect self-tan
If you’re a fashion-forward lady, you’ll know that looking fabulous always comes down to the frock. The thing you may not be so aware of is what sets off a frock with gusto – and that‘s a flawless tan.
So how do you go about getting a flawless tan? You definitely don’t go out and sunbake! Not only is it harmful for your skin, but all it’s going to improve is the pace at which your skin ages. Besides, there are products that can provide a flawless, natural-looking tan with next-to-no effort (and zero tan lines, too). All you need to do is get the application steps down pat…
PREP YOUR SKIN
Before applying self-tan to your skin it’s important that you thoroughly exfoliate your skin remove any dead skin cells as these can cause an uneven, flaky tan. The easiest way to do this is to use (1) St Tropez Tan Optimiser Body Polisher with a loofah in the shower. Working it into your skin in circular motions will help to scrub away any rough, dry patches and leave you with refreshed, glowing skin that’s the perfect canvas for a fake tan. Tip: make sure you focus on rough areas, such as your elbows, knees and feet for a seamless result.
GET SMART WITH APPLICATION
Once your skin has been exfoliated, dry off your body completely so that residual water droplets don’t ruin your self-tan. When you’re ready to start your application it’s definitely worth using a tanning mitt. Not only is a mitt designed to help you distribute the fake tan easily and evenly over your body, but it will also protect your hands from staining. We recommend using the St Tropez Applicator Mitt with a mousse tan, like (2) St Tropez Bronzing Mousse, for a streak-free, truly seamless result that never looks orange or unnatural.
MAKE YOUR GLOW LAST LONGER
Beauty gurus and fashionistas alike know that a patchy, week-old tan is a serious no-go. If you’re worried about how your current tan will look for an upcoming event, you need to be vigilant with your upkeep. Daily use of a tan enhancing moisturiser will ensure that your faux glow lasts longer and fades away more evenly, meaning that leftover tan patches will be a thing of the past. (3) St Tropez Tan Enhancing Moisturiser is formulated with nourishing ingredients (like apricot kernel oil) that are designed to work with and improve your self-tan, rather than breaking it down and causing it to fade away in obvious patches.
DON’T FORGET YOUR FACE
When you’re wearing a self-tan on your body, it’s important to carry the colour through to your face so that your bronzed look is consistent. We love (4) St Tropez Bronzing Lotion Face, as it’s a light bronzing gel that gives your skin a natural sun-kissed tint. Your face is also the first place your tan will start to fade so having this product handy is great for quick touch-ups between full body tans. To further enhance your natural radiance and draw attention to your bone structure, nothing beats a light-reflecting illuminator. For a gorgeous sheen, apply (5) St Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator to the high points of your face (cheekbones and brow bones) and you’ll be basking in an instantly gorgeous glow!
St Tropez self-tanning products provide a natural looking, streak-free tan that never looks patchy or orange. And the best part is there are plenty of products in the range so you’re guaranteed to find something that suits your needs!
Do you feel like you look and feel better in a dress when you have a perfect self-tan? What self-tan application tips do you swear by?
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