This summer I worked hard on my tan (I basically sunned myself at every given opportunity) and the thought of my limbs becoming winterised once again makes me shudder. It's true when they say everything is better with a tan, right? But just because summer has come to an end, doesn't mean your tan has to. And whilst I enjoy the fair skin my momma gave me, nothing beats a real tan. So I've picked out my favourite fake tanning trio, perfect for fake tan first timers and experts, that besides wearing white, exfoliating and moisturising, will ensure your limbs remain golden brown all year long.
You really can't go wrong with Dove's Derma Spa Summer Revived gradual tan. If you're nervous about fake tanning, or want something a little more natural, Dove's gradual tan combines skincare benefits and a golden glow that builds within 2-3 days and develops without any unfortunate marks. Not nearly as scary as the real stuff, non-greasy, fast drying and easy to maintain, Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived has already been repurchased and has become my new go-to moisturiser. However, I recommend applying at night and showering in the morning, as it does develop the familiar biscuit smell. And whilst subtle, this is not a scent I like to wear!
Especially formulated for your face and décolleté (a.k.a neckline, because we don't all speak French), Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Lotion is ideal for sensitive skin types, as it's gentle and kind to the skin. Packed with nourishing vitamins, the lightweight milk-lotion tanner can be added to your moisturiser, worn alone, under makeup, or left to develop overnight. It doesn't deliver a full on bronze, but a natural even looking glow, a little like a well adjusted Instagram filter blurring redness and imperfections. The scent is light and inoffensive and once applied using a cotton pad my skin is left feeling super soft and nourished.
If you're after instant gratification Coca Brown 1 Hour Instant Tan's accelerating ingredients delivers a fake tan fast. The mousse tan has a guide colour to ensure a streak-free finish, is easy to blend, dries in just a few minutes, doesn't have that tell-tale scent and it's nearly impossible to overdo it. Leave it on for just one hour for a light sun-kissed glow, two for a medium tan and three for a deeper bronze. Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Instant Tan last a good 5-7 days and fades evenly. It doesn't have a big A-list following for any old reason!
What are your go-to products for prolonging a summer tan?