Whenever I need a small amount of colour, in comes the Palmer’s Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, one of my favourite tanners that works so much better than the likes of Xen-Tan as you really can’t mess this up, it never streaks and it moisturises your dry patches so you never need to worry about that. This gives me a really nice bronze colour from one application, but you can build it up by using it every few days. It fades evenly too, so no more odd orange patches! I usually ensure it lasts longer by using a good moisturiser, at the moment the Dr Hauschka Almond Body Moisturiser tops my list, it’s a lightweight, subtly-scented moisturiser that sinks in to my skin quickly and leaves it feeling so soft. The day before tanning, I’ll exfoliate and use a moisturiser, too. I wouldn’t recommend using this pre-tanning (on the day) as it will contain oils that will interrupt your tan.
Although the Palmers tanner can be applied on the face, you may find that you don’t like putting body products on your face (yep) or your face may take up more colour than your body so you want to use something specific. If you don’t care about the former, mix the lotion in with a bit of your normal facial moisturiser for an even colour that matches the rest of you. I like to use the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning, it’s specially formulated to give the face and neck a healthy glow without changing your colour too much. I apply this after moisturiser day and night with a cotton pad, your glow usually develops around a few hours later but it’s very subtle (for me, anyway) so a few applications may be needed. If you’re worried about tanning your face, this is your best bet.
Another product I love using for my face is another Clarins beaut, this time the Instant Smooth Self Tanning – the tanning version of the much love Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer. You use it like a primer and it not only smoothes over skin, it also gives skin a really subtle glow and a bit of instant caramel colour. Again, very good for pale, pale girls and more tanned girls alike. This is a really great product and I love how healthy and glowing I look after use. I usually apply the two facial tanners alternatively to keep up my colour and build up the colour over a few days.
What are your products for a bit of a sunkissed glow?