I haven’t written a tanning routine since last June and the products I use have changed slightly since then, new products have come out and my tastes have also changed. If I would’ve been told last year or even six months ago that I’d be using ultra dark tan, I would’ve probably laughed at the thought. When you’re incredibly pale like I am, fake tan seems like a minefield. This is what I do to achieve a natural looking tan that keeps me confident throughout summer.
Unless I’ve got a specific event on, I like to do my tan prep on a Wednesday night and tan on Thursday night. This creates a bit more of a routine for me as most of the time I can’t be bothered to tan, but I know I’ll regret it if I don’t! To prepare for tanning, first I exfoliate in the shower using exfoliating gloves and then I shave. The next day before I tan, I shower to make sure my skin is clean and smooth. I then moisturise my knees, elbows and ankles with my favourite Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream. After waiting a few minutes, I’ll apply Bondi Sands Ultra Dark tan starting from the bottom of my body to the top, using a Bondi Sands mitt and a Boots face mitt.
In the morning, I shower the guide colour off and go about my day. Every day after my shower when I’m completely dry, I’ll apply the Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk to keep my skin moisturised and to top my tan up. When it’s been nearly a week since I first applied the tan, I’ll put on Bondi Sands Self-Tan Eraser ten minutes before I get in the shower. In the shower, I’ll exfoliate my body and shave, then I’ll be smooth enough to tan again.