|*Body does not come with application of fake tan|
Tis' the season for the fake tan. After my Serena post, I realized I wanted to go full out and do the tan that goes with. Done and done. Plus it has the added bonus of covering up most the cuts, bruises, mosquito bites (who da thunk there would even be bugs on Manhattan?) and other signs of a summer well lived. So I thought I would explain how to do a good one, so it looks like you froliced in the summer summer as well, even though hopefully you tried to stay out of it, or enveloped in a cloud of SPF.
So if you have read any of my blog, you will know I don't tan. Either naturally or try to anyways because um CANCER and wrinkles, and sun spots and stuff. Please read my post on sunscreen if you still haven't figured out that tanning is a really bad idea. It is basically the most aging thing you can do and effects the texture of the skin so vanity wise it is a bad idea.
|Funny, but seriously, don't do the booth!|
|Grumpy cat hats bad tans|
Anyways I do my tan fake tanning all in one night, exfoliate, shower, moisturize and tanner and then I sleep on it. Its really not that bad time-wise and you will get it down.
This is super important to not only your tan applying evenly but also your tans longevity to ensure you aren't putting your pricy tanner on skin thats going to flake away right away. In the past I have used just the St.Ives Apricot scrub (you know the one I'm talkin' 'bout) because it is cheap, and oil-free and I can use gobs of it. I just tried this new one and honestly I think it works better. This new line from NUXE I go just before I left Canada and it is really fantastic. The natural content is even higher and they are trying to include organic content as well if you care about that sort of thing. It was only $20 Canadian which is really quite good for natural French product. The big seller for me is that everything in the line smells (and even tastes!) friggin' fantastic; not like fake smelling fruit but with extracts in it, it smells like the real thing. Try the peach body lotion, it is heavenly.
|Bio-Beaute by NUXE Toning Exfoliant with Red-Currant Pulp|
What makes it unique and work so well is that it is applied to dry skin (I am telling you, you should do it in the tub though) as an oily scrub just like my favourite Clarins cleanser (that I mentioned here)(which is also no coincidence considering Clarins distributes NUXE and I think they might also own it or a chunk at least). You can really work it into dry flaky patches for as long as you like and it really softens them up. Then it turns to a light foam as you wash it away, though it is soap free. And you smell fantastic even after its gone; good for touchable-ness if you know what I mean *wink*. There is a face version which now I want to try out as soon as I get back above the 49th unless someone knows where I can get my hands on some. Anyways I will quit gushing and move on. Oh! and remember to shave with your prefered method once you do hop in the shower.
As soon as you hop out of the shower, pat your self off a bit and IMMEDIATELY moisturize with something non-oily. This is the only time you are going to have me tell you that you can use something non-oily. It is so the tanner actually ends up getting absorbed so you get the most colour. And get liberal with it. Tanning again, is not the time to be cheap and skimp. I use this:
|La Roche Posay Iso-Urea Fluide|
It is the light version of the one I normally use, and it also has a chemical exfoliant in it so you are getting a bit extra of that and it leaves you super soft. It is a quality fast absorbing moisturiser. Apparently you don't have this in the states either sadly...
I apply a good layer of that and sit around for about ten minutes. I don't wait over night or anything because a) I want to do the tanner at night and b) by the next day my dry patches with have absorbed it defeating the purpose. The purpose of moisturising is to eliminate those dry patches so they don't end up absorbing extra tanner giving you a patchy tan. Maybe I do a mask or something. Then I reapply a bit over any areas I really don't want it to absorb into such as the back of my heels, my elbows, anything thick and callous-like really.Then I follow it up by immediately applying my...
3. Sunless Tanner
So I have actually been using the St Tropez Tanning Mousse. I got a free one at work along with a mitt before I left and it is actually really fantastic. This is why they give us free stuff, so we give into trying it and find out how awesome it is and tell people to get it. It worked. It is new to Canada, but I think you have had it in the US for awhile.
|St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse|
|St Tropez Applicator Mitt|
So, that's all folks! just wait a bit until it sets (which is another bonus of this tanner, fast-drying) and throw on a loose fitting nightie and go to bed. This is best. If you are going to do it during the day, don't do anything that would cause you to sweat aka actually being outside, or working out. You have my permission.
I generally do this a couple days in a row until I get my desired colour, at least twice so it is super even. Then to keep the colour, I do it every second or third day. Otherwise, which might save you a bit of coin, is to use one of the gradual lotions after that. It also helps to keep quite moisturized. The St Tropez people recommend body butter, which makes you look extra glowy. I have been using this one from Korres, because it is wonderful and shea butter filled, but also spreads nicely. It is scented, but that way you can mix it with the cheaper gradual tan lotions and not reek like fake tan. Its a good trick.
|Korres Lemon Basil Body Butter|
My favourite scent, also comes in three other scents
What is your favourite fake tan?
Have any new favourite products?
Do you bother fake tanning?
Better question, can anyone tell me where to get some NUXE state-side?