I’ve been self-tanning for quite some time now, for me it’s like an evening ritual that I like to do every couple of weeks and I really enjoy it 🙂 I have tried many different products and methods throughout the years but I still really like discovering new things and today I have a couple of new favourites that I want to share with you.
I like to have a good scrub the day before I tan to get rid of any dead skin and prepare for tanning, I currently love using the Buddy Scrub* which is an all natural, cruelty free and vegan friendly body scrub, made in Australia, great for exfoliating and nourishing your skin. There are a few different scents available online, the one I have is Raw Cacao scrub which smells absolutely yummy. I use it in the shower as it can be quite messy. I would wet my skin, apply the scrub and work it in a circular motion, leave on the skin to absorb for 5-10 mins then rinse off.
The process of massaging the scrub in is quite therapeutic and relaxing, it really does smell good enough to eat 🙂 If you have sensitive skin like me I would advise not to press/scrub too hard as this is a proper (scrubby) scrub and it can irritate a little, the first time I used it I over scrubbed my chest and my skin a little red and sore. You can use it on your face but to be honest I would not recommend for sensitive skin.
My skin always feels exceptionally smooth after using it. I’d normally use it 1 – 2 times a week. It comes in a cute packaging with a very handy resealable pouch, so I would highly recommend it if you are on the hunt for a really good scrub, it costs £15.00 and available to order here.
A self tanner that I’ve recently been enjoying is the St.Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan* which is very easy and simple to use and works pretty well. I’d pop under the shower and cleanse the skin as normal, then step out and apply the product all over the body in the same way you would apply any self tanner or body lotion. I personally like to wear gloves just in case it stains my palms, you could also use a tanning mitt. I’d normally leave it on for about 5 – 10 mins and then hop back in the shower and rinse off (just using water) pat dry and dress as normal, I would avoid wearing tight fitting clothes, also do not moisturise until the next day as you need to let the tan develop.
In my opinion St.Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan does have a typical self tan scent – a little floral to begin with and then while developing it does somewhat have that almost biscuit like fragrance. As I mentioned earlier, this is a gradual tanner which means that the results are not going to be instant and may take a few applications to get the desired colour. It took me about three days of continuous application before I noticed a tan developing, it looked really natural though not dark or orange at all. Obviously if you want an instant tan I would recommend using the St.Tropez 1 Hour Tan Mousse and you could still use the in shower tan to maintain your colour.
At £14.50 this is not the cheapest gradual tanner out there but I do love my St.Tropez and I swear by their products. It’s available to purchase from Superdrug here.
I also wanted to mention that St.Tropez has announced a one year partnership with Marie Curie Charity, which is amazing and from 1st June 2016 – 31st May 2017, 25p from the sale of every St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Tanning Lotion with the Marie Curie logo instore and online at Superdrug will be donated to Marie Curie. The money raised will help Marie Curie provide vital care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families, to help them make the most of the time they have together. Marie Curie Nurses deliver expert hands-on care and emotional support night and day, in people’s homes and at the charity’s nine hospices across the UK.
What are your current tanning faves? Share in the comments below 🙂
Have a great evening, Victoria xo