Well obviously you could sit for hours in the lovely sunshine we are having at the moment but a) that isn't practical and b) it's not good for your skin ... so instead I am getting started on my tan using St Moriz self tan products. Do you fake tan? Or are you still nervous of it going wrong? I thought I'd share a few easy tips on getting the best fake tan because I am pretty happy with my results every year.
I used to steer well clear of self tan as I just wasn't brave enough but in more recent years the products just seem to get better and better and with so many options available it is possible to find just the right self tan for you. But it can get expensive trying them out! In all the years I have been using self tan I have only ever used St Moriz, yes I have tried others, but I have still ended up going back to St Moriz.
This year St Moriz gifted* me a few of their products which seeing as I use them anyway was an extra bonus and it has given me the opportunity to try the different self tan products they offer.
Self tan tips!
Start early in the season, it is lovely to feel a little tanned as soon as we start getting our summer clothes out. Now is as good a time as any.
Build up slowly, I have never been that keen on the gradual tans you can buy as I don't feel they give me enough colour. But you can still take it easy with a full self tan.
Shave or wax first! I am missing my regular sugar waxing (see my post here) as it really exfoliates my skin as well. But for now I am stuck with shaving. So get a really good base and de-hair first.
Then exfoliate. St Moriz have a tanning prep option, Exfoliating Skin Primer - I usually exfoliate in the shower over a couple of days and really concentrate on my arms, elbows, legs and knees.
Make sure you fully moisturise as well, again really concentrate on the elbows and knees and any other dry areas.
Then you are good to get started with your chosen self tan product.
This year I decided to start with the Radiant Glow Face Mist before moving onto my body. This is so easy, you just spritz it onto a fully cleansed face or over make-up. I use it at night, let it dry then moisturise with my usual product. I used it most days for a week or so and a lovely glow has built up, I look sun-kissed and healthy! Really happy with the colour and I am now using it every other day. It is really gentle on delicate skin, no need to blend in and contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.
Then to get started on my all over tan and I chose to try the Advanced Pro Formula Tan & Tone Cream first.
Always use an Applicator Mitt! It prevents staining your palms and the tan goes on smoother for a flawless finish. The St Moriz one is soft and velvety and I am very pleased with it, this is the first year I have had their mitt. Note of caution though, you should still wash your hands thoroughly after applying your self tan!
The Tan & Tone is a cream based product and it does not have a guide colour which worried me initially. But it also meant no product rubbing off on clothes or sheets. I started off slowly, not applying too much. I concentrated on my décolletage, my shoulders and neck. The next day I could see a really lovely glow so I was happy to be braver and apply to the rest of my body. The tan develops over about 8 hours, so perfect for overnight, and it is a really subtle colour, so an ideal starting point in early summer.
I use sweeping/circular motions and I am very careful to blend well over ankles, knees and elbows, and I use much less product on these areas. I am more generous on my shoulders, arms and tummy. I can reach round to my back but if I am going on holiday or wearing a halter neck dress then I ask for help!
Take your time and concentrate on creating a routine ... I usually start at the top (neck and shoulders) and work down but that is personal preference, I also stand in front of the mirror.
My usual favourite is the 5 in 1 Tanning Mousse in Medium and this one comes with a guide colour. Shake the bottle well first and apply as above, you can see where you have already done because of the guide colour. Then the tan develops over 4-6 hours so I apply after my bath or shower in the evening then shower off the guide colour in the morning and I am left with a gorgeous golden tan. I now use a 'sleeping bag liner' on my bed to protect my sheets, these only cost about £9.99 from Amazon.
I then keep my fake tan topped up by applying every five days or so then every two to three weeks I exfoliate again thoroughly to keep my skin in good condition and maintain a smooth base for my tanning product.
I don't find it too time consuming or annoying to keep up with my self tan and of course I love the results. I am very happy with how natural my St Moriz products look and I often get comments like 'you look like you've been in the sun' or 'what a gorgeous tan, where have you been' etc. I do own up - I get a little help!
St Moriz have also sent me their Clear Spray Tan in a Can in Medium to try. This is a quick drying, non-sticky clear mist with a 360 degree spray. For this one you need to stand on a towel to protect the floor, but otherwise it is a quick and convenient way to spray tan. The tan starts to develop after 1 hour and will continue to build for 8 hours. It is ideal for hard to reach places. Be careful if tan falls at your feet - make sure you buff with the mitt!
So I am still making sure I keep up with my fake tan and pampering whilst in lockdown so I can emerge (soon I hope) in floaty summer dresses ready to bare all!
I usually self tan before going on holiday, all part of my bikini prep, a tanned tummy and brown legs look so much slimmer! Although last year in Turkey I did have a traditional hammam (Turkish bath) so that scuppered that idea a bit but I did get a fabulous natural tan and I kept it going when I got home with my St Moriz Tanning Mousse - I can usually extend my fake tan well into October without too much trouble then I take a break through the winter months.
And the other really good thing about St Moriz self tan products is the price! They are so reasonable. I have wasted so much money when I have tried alternatives. For example the Face Mist is £9.99 and will last for ages! The 5 in 1 Tanning Mouse is £7.99 and one bottle lasts me most of the summer. And the Clear Tan in a Can is £12.99. St Moriz products can be purchased at Superdrug or Boots but there is a full list of stockists and more information on their website, St Moriz.
I hope you find this useful, let me know how you get on!
Disclaimer: this post contains gifted* products from St Moriz, I was under no obligation to write a blog post, the opinions are entirely my own. I do not use affiliate links.
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