So now the weather is getting colder, days are getting shorter, but fear not girls we do not need to lose our fastly fading summer glow. Whether you want a lasting false tan or one to apply solely for those special nights out, I will bring you some of my favourite fake tans on the market, with no skin damaging sun beds in sight!. Fake tan can be used for all ages, and are now available for all skin types, follow my tips on how not to over do this look as umpa-lumpa’s are not very attractive!
Wear Off Tan’s
First we will look at my favourite wear off tan’s from the luxury, mid price and lower price range. There is a perfect tan out there for every budget!
Luxury – Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream
As stated in my previous blog ‘My Top 3 Beauty Products of 2011′, this Clarins self tanning cream is a brilliant product that results in a glorious glow. This wear off false tan offers a really natural look for both the face and body. It is perfect for anyone who has reservations about their application skills, as applying this self tanning cream is fool proof and the moisturising gel like texture makes you feel like you are applying a body cream. With extracts of pure cocoa powder this tan makes you look and smell delicious for up to 7 days. The cocoa butter and aloe vera extracts leave skin feeling nourished and moisturised. This tan is specifically good for those who have sensitive skin due to the high quality of ingredients and soft texture. Clarins Delicious self tanning cream retails for €25 from all Boots and most department stores. This false tan may seem pricey but you are really purchasing a body moisturiser and tan in one product, it is well worth treating yourself to!
For more info, reviews and to purchase this product from Boots.com click here.
Mid- Price Range – No.7 Quick Dry Tinted Lotion
I tried this No.7 quick dry tinted lotion only last weekend and found the colour really natural, the product was easy to apply,dried fast and lasted for at least 4 days!. This false tan is a liquid texture that is brown on application so it is easy to see if you have any streaks or patches before the tan has developed. It can be used on both the body and face and comes in light/medium and medium/dark shades. The only con to this product is that it does have that ‘tan smell’ we all have to endure, but in my opinion it is worth it and most good tans in my experience all smell the same. At the price point of €16.75 this tan won’t break the bank and this 200ml bottle will last months (depending on the level of your tan addiction).
To read more glowing reviews about this product and how to order click here.
Lower Price Range – Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self – Tan Gel
Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self-Tan Gel is Boots own brand tanning product that can rival many of its more expensive competitors. This self tan gel reminds me of a more cost effective version of the Clarins Delicious tanning range as it also incorporates the gel texture, that makes it so easy to apply. This false tan also has a bronzed colour for easy application and dries within the first few minutes after it is applied, meaning it is great to have for last minute events or anytime you have to tan in a rush. My only criticism of this tan is that it can be a bit sparkly which may put off more mature ladies or those wanting a natural tan to wear everyday. However for a night out it is perfect and at the sale price of €6.97 from Boots.com you can’t go wrong! (usually rrp €10.50).
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Sometimes we can’t be bothered going to all the hassle of wear off tans they are time consuming, have that ‘tan smell’ and ruin your favourite sheets! This is were the beauty of wash off or instant tan comes in. Instant tan allows you to apply right before the event and wash it off after, no fuss. The only problem is living in Ireland rain should be expected, meaning spotty legs are a constant fear when relying solely on instant tan. I would recommend having a light application if you can manage it with a wear off tan, topping it off with some instant tan right before you leave the house!. My favourite tan and concealer of all things is the amazing Sally Hansen ‘Airbrush Legs’.
Sally Hansen ‘Airbrush Legs’ is a life saver for any marks like bruises or wear off tan streaks and mistakes previously made. It can also be used on it’s own and acts as what i like to call a ‘foundation for the body’. Unlike the name suggests this tanning product is safe to use on your whole body, but I wouldn’t recommend its use on the face due to it’s heavy consistency. This false tan is best applied with a tan mitt, it can be quite messy due to it being a spray so make sure to do it in a bathroom or somewhere that things cannot be stained around you. There are four different colours to choose from, from light glow to dark glow. I usually go for the medium glow you can’t go wrong and at €13.99 it is pricey but lasts ages and is great to have lying around to fix any mishaps. It is also always on different promotions around chemists and supermarkets so keep and eye out and you might get a bargain!
Finally I will leave you with a few tips on application just so you don’t look like these lovely ladies to the left!
1. Always exfoliate in the shower before applying false tan to ensure no patches.
2. Apply body lotion to dry areas, particularly elbows, knees, feet and hands.
3. Apply tan evenly and sparingly in the areas noted above as these are the most prone to problematic results.
4. When applying tan on the face stay away from hair lines.
5. If applying tan with your hands use latex gloves or wash hands immediately, it will not be a good luck in the morning!
6. Apply body lotion post tan to keep it fresh and glowing for days.
7. Finally, don’t over do it, less is more as always .