Okay, let’s face it. Holidays this year are a bit of a dream. But don’t worry the weather blessed us since beginning of this lockdown, so we did our best to try to catch all the rays in our garden.
However, if you feel like that is not enough, do like me. Fake tan. Now when it comes to fake tan, there are a lot of things to consider. What type of glow do you want? Also water based, colored, which one is the best option? Are you a mousse fan or you prefer a lotion?
I do tend to use for a very subtle glow everyday as a moisturiser the Garnier Summer Body Hydrating Gradual Tan.
But, during this lockdown I started to experiment with all things beauty so I decided to give a try to fake tans. I wanted a natural glow, something that would not get my clothes dirty. In terms of keeping the tan longer the trick is to always prep your skin 24 to 48 hours prior to the application of the tan. I do scrub my skin under the shower 2 times a week, using my Frank Body Coffee Scrub, as well as moisturizing it daily especially in my driest places (elbows, knees).
Now, I researched a lot before purchasing it. During the years I made my fair amount of mistakes when using fake tan, until I discovered The Isle Of Paradise. I’ve seen this brand all over social media during the years, and always been fascinated by the colors but mostly their range. It’s a UK based, vegan, cruelty free and organic tan brand. If you go over on their website is all about body positivity, inclusivity.
Their range comes in mousse, drops and water, and in three shades Light, Medium and Dark. I choose the Medium one because of my skin tone and because I wanted a good natural glow, not too light and not too dark considering my skin tone and the fact the we’re on lockdown so it’s unlikely that my dark glow is a result of a holiday. I also went for the water bottle rather than mousse or drops. I use it on my body and on my face, and I love it because it’s transparent so it doesn’t get into my clothes. Also I feel like it’s lighter compared to the mousse and I don’t necessarily need to use a mitt. The color of this water is greenish, because the isle of paradise products are color correcting, which means that the green will cover any redness that exist on my body and give me a natural uniform gold color, also it’s flattering to any skin tone and it adapts to it, which means that it will be different in everyone. Another good thing is that there’s coconut, which hydrate my skin and it smells gorgeous as well.
Ok here’s how I use it: Shower and exfoliate my body with a scrub 24 hours before using the tan. Make sure your skin is properly moisturised especially dry areas as you want it uniform and not spotty. I spray the tan all over my body, washing my hands thoroughly after each application in order not to tan the back of my hands as well. The tan will develop between 4 to 6 hours, which makes it perfect to apply in the evening before bed and then washing it in the morning to make it even.
Tip: I put it in the fridge in the morning prior to the application, also I always use it in the evening before going to bed.
Here’s my before and after one application. What do you think? Have you ever tried fake tan before? Which one is your favorite brand? Please let me know by dropping a comment below!
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