Look tantastic

So spring is finally here (not that you’d know it today!), which means only one thing… time to start tanning! And after the long winter just gone, a tan is much needed!

Living in the UK, this is never an easy feat… especially with our notoriously unpredictable summers; you can never guarantee a ‘Just got back from the Caribbean’ tan, so what’s the next best thing…? Faking it!

Thankfully, since their conception self-tanners have come a long way. Gone are the days when using fake tan meant you would resemble an Oompa Loompa, or you’d spend hours without being able to move in case you smudged your precious tan, and for days you had an aroma that resembled soggy rich tea biscuits. These days self-tanning products look natural, are streak-free, easy to apply and don’t rub off.

Apparently the key to achieving the perfect tan is all in the preparation. Start by exfoliating skin with a body scrub in the shower paying special attention to dry areas like your knees and elbows, follow this by moisturising, and then the final step, put on the gloves and get applying in long strokes, starting at your toes and working your way up… until voila, the perfect tan!

My favourites…. Currently I am using Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning for Face & Décolleté (thanks for the recommendation Millie b!). It is really easy to use and gives a really natural sun-kissed look; I’m also a huge fan of Fake Bake Faux Glo, the ultimate temporary tanning product… It washes off, so is great for a quick pick-me-up or if you’re going for a night on the town.

If it does happen to go wrong – don’t panic! You can reverse most self-tan caused atrocities by using St Tropez Self-Tan Remover…. So no-one will ever need to know you’ve been faking it!

Good luck and happy tanning!




Writer and expert