If you’re anything like me and enjoy a fake tan all year round, you’ll be keeping up your tanning routine well into the winter months. Especially if a bit of tan makes you feel better about yourself, then why not?
The thing is though, as the temperature drops, our skin suddenly gets drier than normal. So, it’s a good idea to change up your tanning routine slightly to make sure your skin is in its best condition, which will make your tan look even better too. To get the full lowdown on tanning in the winter months, we caught up with the tanning experts at Cocoa Brown to get their top tips!
All About The Prep
First things first, exfoliate. Pop on your exfoliating gloves, add a dollop of Tough Stuff body scrub and rub in long sweeping strokes backwards and forwards. The faster you sweep, the deeper the exfoliation. Pay close attention to dry areas including hands, feet ankles and elbows. This will remove dead skin cells as well as any old tan and will create a super smooth surface to apply the tan to, for the most even golden colour.
If your tan is being extra stubborn on drier areas, use Fresh Start to ensure your skin is prepped perfectly. The revolutionary tan eraser formula contains no harmful ingredients and effectively removes all signs of residual tan, leaving skin fresh, clean and ready for your next tan application.
The next step, and perhaps the most crucial one in autumn/winter, is to moisturise. The Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan is a best-seller during the colder months of the year as it’s a really rich and luxurious-feeling moisturiser with a gradual tanning action. It keeps your skin beautifully hydrated while obtaining a subtle bronzed tan, designed to use it daily to moisturise your skin while adding a hint of natural colour.
If you’re keen to opt for a deeper tan, just make sure the exfoliation and moisturising take place at least 24 hours before application. Do not moisturise any closer before instant tan application, as it creates a barrier on your skin meaning your tan can’t get in and do its job.
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Top Tip #1
You can use day/night cream on dry areas just before application to allow for even development, avoiding extra accumulation of the tan in the area. Wrists are especially important in this process as they are constantly in close contact with the tan during the application, especially if the mitt is not fitted tightly to the wrist/arm.
In A Hurry?
If you’re applying tan after showering, wait at least 40 mins after your shower to allow pores to retract to normal. Or if you’re in a rush, blast your skin with cold water before you get out to quickly shrink all of your pores.
Apply your chosen tan formula with a tanning mitt, in circular motions onto the skin. A mitt will protect the hand from absorbing all the tan and will also help to evenly distribute the product. If possible, apply the tan in a bright room in front of a mirror to make sure you don’t miss any spots.
Apply the tan methodically from legs, working upwards, rather than darting from limb to limb! This way, you know what’s been tanned and what’s left to do – it will become an efficient routine in no time.
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Top Tip #2
The Miracle Mist is great to tan your back if you don’t have a friend or partner to help with that part as it’s not necessary to blend. Just spray over your shoulder or upwards from the bottom of your back and walk into the air to dry and catch particles in the air!
Last, But Not Least…
Make sure there isn’t much tan left on the mitt and apply whatever is left sparingly to your hands, feet, ankles and elbows. Alternatively, you can use a tan-touring brush (or any clean foundation/buffer brush) on these areas to blend tan around knuckles etc. The Miracle Mist is a great lightweight product to use on such areas.
Allow tan to develop for 3-6 hours before washing off, or overnight. Be aware that some transfer may occur before wash off (Miracle Mist and Perfect Fade are the exception here!) so best to wear loose, dark clothing while it dries.
To maintain tan, moisturise daily – it can last up to 7 days.