All Hail The Self-Tan Gods!


I woke up this morning the sun was shining, and it was relatively warm for England. I planned to put on a playsuit, but then I looked down and noticed I was looking a little less human, and a bit more Casper the Friendly Ghost. I was whiter than a fresh layer of snow. Now im usually a tanorexic and can't get through my day without being tanned, but it's actually been a week or two since I last tanned, as using fake tan dehydrates your skin, which leaves it dry and can leave you with the old Lizard Legs, which is not a good look! It's good to give your skin a break every now and then, allowing it to replenish and rehydrate itself. 

Whilst you are tan free it's a good idea to moisturise twice daily with a rich moisturiser. Do this in the morning after your shower, and at night just before you head off to bed. Focus on your problem areas, the usual areas to focus on would be the knees, elbows, between your boob/cleavage area, your feet/ankles and under your arms. This will leave these areas feeling soft and moisturised and the tan won't stick giving you blotchy orange patches. 

Now any tan expert will tell you the key to your self tan not going patchy is to exfoliate. Scrub scrub scrub ladies! Try to exfoliate daily in the shower, it will remove any left over tan as well as get rid of any dead skin hanging around your body. Not only does it help with tanning, but it leaves your skin looking younger and refreshed, and feeling silky smooth. Not exfoliating will result in patchy tan, no matter how good you think you may be at applying it! Many exfoliating products contain active anti inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients to hydrate and nourish the skin. It's best to invest in a good set of exfoliating mitts as well, I get a new pair every month as I wear them out. You can pick them up from most places like Bodycare/Superdrug/Boots, even Primark for less than £1

Invest in a tanning mitt, or if you can't use a mitt, a pair of surgical gloves work great. Whichever work best for you, and makes it easy for you. Apply a small amount of product to your hand, if you use gloves like me, rub your hands together and then rub into the skin in circular motions. I tend to spend a long time rubbing the tan in and making sure I've covered the area thoroughly. Don't worry if you look patchy, most tans will be streak free when you shower the next morning. I usually sleep in my tan overnight to let it develop. Wear loose pyjamas so the tan doesn't rub off into your nice clean sheets. Apply moisturiser daily to keep the tan looking fresh, it also makes it last longer. Midway through the week, mix half moisturiser with tan and apply all over, and reapply your tan all over at least once a week. 

My Personal Top 5 Self Tan Favourites
1) St Moriz Dark Mousse
2) Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Mousse
3) St Tropez Classic Mousse
4) Fake Bake Flawless Self Tan Liquid
5) Lauren's Way Tanning Lotion

If you have any tan suggestions or a favourite self tan, leave them in the comments below. I'm always looking for new ones to try. I hope you enjoy the sun whilst it lasts, until next time & thanks for reading xoxo 

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  1. great post Chelsea! Really enjoyed and it is so helpful x

    1. I like to help out my fellow self-tanners and make it as easy as possible!x