LIGHTEN UP ON SELF-TAN WORDS: CHANTAY LO­GAN

SUIT THE SEA­SON WITH THESE TRICKS TO ACHIEV­ING A MORE NAT­U­RAL FAUX GLOW

Life & Style Weekend - - YOU/WELLBEING -

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.

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