Having a tan seems to make us feel healthier, slimmer and more confident, and with so many fantastic self tan products on the market, could a winter lockdown be the perfect time to get our glow on?
Our skin is covered up, subject to central heating, cold weather and other elements that take their toll on the appearance of our skin, by adding a self tan product to our skincare routine, we can give skin a healthy looking glow and our confidence a little lift.
Self tan products – Velvotan Original Tanning Mitts, £2.99 each from Amazon
Working with all formulas – from lotions and mousses to oils and drops – Velvotan’s special patented technology gives a smooth, streak-free application every time, whatever your favourite fake tan brand. With a leak-proof barrier to protect the hands from staining, the mitts are also machine washable and reusable so the same professional results can be achieved over and over again. Available in four new fun designs: Zebra, Tropical, Cherry Pickin’ and Glow Grl.
Self tan products – Sunescape Instant Wash Off Mousse £13
Achieve a beautiful bronzed tan instantly with this lightweight velvety 24 hour wash off mousse. The DHA- free fast drying formula delivers instant colour. Whether it’s a one night tan, or a day long glow, enhance your skin with the tan’s caramel tones, and wash it off when you’re done. Just tan and go without the commitment, the transfer resistant colour creates a flawless finish that conveniently washes off in the shower.
Self tan products – The Skinny Tan Notox Beauty Elixir
The Skinny Tan Notox Beauty Elixir is a revolutionary smoothing and plumping facial serum expertly formulated to supply your skin with instant anti-ageing effects and skin tightening in less than 60 minutes plus a gradual glowing tan. This new generation skincare works as a non-invasive filler to visibly reduce fine lines, firm skin and improve elasticity after 10 days – no botox or injections necessary. With its smoothing and plumping qualities, Skinny Tan Notox can be used as a beautiful priming base for foundation, or as a lighter coverage throughout the day – achieving the perfect glow for winter!
Self tan products – Love Coco
“Love Coco’s range of self-tan products and accessories are 100% vegan, cruelty free, free of parabens and all sustainably sourced. They have a bundle of gorgeous products to give you a little boost during the January blues. You can find a perfect selection of the products in their goodie bags.
The Glow Collection contains the Skin Quench mousse in medium, The Drops, Kabuki tanning brush, velvety mitt and a cosmetic bag.They also have The Luxe Collection which includes the Skin Quench mousse in dark, The Lotion, Kabuki tanning brush, velvety mitt, cosmetic bag.Both sets are reasonably priced at just £40 and contain everything you need to keep that sun-kissed glow throughout the cold winter months.”
Self tan products – Green People Gradual Tan Moisturiser
For a natural looking glow without the effort, the Green People Gradual Tan Moisturiser – £17.50 (50ml) is a must. Formulated with organic rosehip, green tea and prebiotics, used daily it will build up a natural tan on the face and neck. Perfect for all skin types, even sensitive and acne-prone complexions, it uses Dihydroxyacetone derived from sugars which work with amino acids in the outer layer of the skin to form an even brown colour. A natural scent of mandarin, orange and ho wood means you won’t have to put up with the dreaded ‘fake tan odour’.
Non-streaky, sweet-smelling and certified organic too, the Green People Self Tan Lotion – £22.00 (150ml) is a fast-absorbing formula that will leave you with a natural looking tan after just 2-3 hours. Suitable for both face and body, when applied, DHA (Dehydroxyacetone), derived from sugar, reacts with Amino Acids in the outer layer of the skin to form brown pigments that give the appearance of a natural suntan. Even better, it’s quick-drying and there’s not a hint of fake-tan smell either.
When it comes to fake tan prep, exfoliation is key. After cleansing, use a loofah or dry brush across the body and use a facial cloth or scrub for your face. Rinse well and pat dry and moisturise well, paying special attention to bony areas such as elbows, ankles, heels and knees. Apply your lotion in thin layers, using less on thicker skin. To avoid uneven darkening, use a wet cotton pad to remove excess cream from bony areas. After applying, wait 20-30 minutes for it to completely dry before dressing and try not to swim, shave or shower for an hour after. We recommend applying every 2-3 days to maintain the colour.
Self tan products – Leighton Denny Sun Believable SUN KISS Me Gradual Tan (£16/100ml)
With a drop of naturally derived DHA, this luxurious daily moisturiser will gradually build a beautiful tan rain or shine. Rich in anti-oxidants to help fight the signs of premature ageing, combined with Panthenol and Aloe Vera, this amped-up moisturiser leaves the skin nourished and hydrated, with an radiant glow.
Strawberries & Cream Whipped Gradual Tanner melts smoothly into the skin and adapts to your skin tone to create a flattering and flawless natural tan over 6-8 hours. The first-ever pink mousse from Skinny Tan is formulated with Vitamin E (known for its moisturising, nourishing and anti-ageing effects) and also contains an expertly blended combination of real Strawberry extract and Guarana, to give the authentic fragrance of summer days that we’re all in need of this Winter!