LIGHTEN UP ON SELF-TAN WORDS: CHANTAY LOGAN
SUIT THE SEASON WITH THESE TRICKS TO ACHIEVING A MORE NATURAL FAUX GLOW
While forgiving winter layers may hide a multitude of sins, we’re not all ready to let go of that holiday glow. If you’re determined to hang on to your (faux) tan in the cooler months, making a few changes to summer’s more-is-more selftanning strategy will deliver natural results.
Bondi Sands ambassador Steph Clare Smith has mastered the year-round routine.
“(Self-tanning in winter) definitely depends on your skin type,” she says.
“I tan quite easily, so my tanning routine definitely increases during the winter months.
“I personally love the Bondi Sands Selftanning Foam in Dark as it develops into a deep bronzed colour that’s very natural and
looks like I’ve been on holiday. Also in winter our skin tends to become drier due to the weather change, so it’s important to keep moisturised.”
If your favourite mousse or cream is on the darker side, it could be worth dabbling in an oil-based self-tanner.
They tend to deliver more subtle results along with a welcome hit of moisture for parched skin. The goal is to go just a couple of shades darker than your natural skintone to take the edge off.
When you’re working with a lighter base, the importance of prep is magnified too.
If you’re planning on waxing or shaving your legs, do it well before applying any selftanner. Exfoliating will create a smooth surface for your colour. Look for specialist scrubs that won’t leave oily residue that can interfere with your tanning product.
“I like to scrub the day or night before with the new Bondi Sands Coconut & Sea Salt Body Scrub,” Steph says.
The same goes for maintenance. Steph says hands are the first to fade as you’re washing them so often, so a gentle hand wash is a must.
Resist steamy showers and pat yourself dry with a towel instead of rubbing.
Also try trading your standard lotion for a rich body butter.