Some of my tanning tips and a revolutionary product will hopefully alleviate the anxiety some of us feel about fake tan, leaving us all ready for our Spring wardrobes!
Firstly, preparation is so crucial. No matter how wonderful the tanning product is if you do not exfoliate/have a moisturising session the night before the chances are your fake tan will not go the way you want it to! I use the Sephora body exfoliator with a loofah to buff away any dead skin cells to leave skin silky smooth and ready for fake tan application. For moisturising I like to use my fail safe Vaseline Cocoa Butter after a hot bath the night before, it really locks in all the moisture in your skin, again removing the likelihood of any unwanted patchiness.
When Fake Bake asked if I would like to try their 60 minute tan product I was really excited and shocked at how quick the time was! I honestly did not realise that tanning technology has moved on so much. This completely removes the fear of ruining bed sheets and means it is absolutely ideal to apply before a night out. Also as a bonus you don't have to worry that a sudden rain shower or spilled cocktail will remove your tan ( as can be the case with the wash off products)
If you wish you can also leave the tan on for up to 3 hours if you desire a stronger tan, but as I was after more of a glow than a bronze I decided to stick with 60 (although later on in the summer months I think this lovely little thing may be staying on for 3 hours!) This really is such a clever idea as effectively you have three tans in one.
On first opening the package I realised that included with the tan is also two gloves and the most wonderful tanning mitt. "How wonderful can a tanning mitt be?!" I hear you ask, This is the creme de la creme of tanning mitts, it is silky smooth (unlike the scratchy nasty plastic ones that I had previously used) and luxuriously smooths on the tan so easily.
The tan is so quick and easy to apply, it comes out in a fine mist (which you then spray on to the mitt) The consistency of the mist means that while you can still see where you are applying the product it is instantly absorbed. I smoothed on the tan in circular motions and was so impressed, there was absolutely no sticky residue.
I popped on a loose top and some shorts and went downstairs...not for long though! My little dogs seemed particularly keen on the yummy Coconut scent and were desperate to try and lick it off haha! Back upstairs and after replying to my emails it was already time to wash it off (60 minutes really does go quickly)
For me this tan ticks all the major boxes:
- Easy to apply
- No "biscuit" scent, instead a coconut scent which makes me think of holidays!
- Quick - honestly 60 minutes is no time at all and goes so quickly
- Just the right shade of glow-y tan after 60 minutes, perfect for blondes/those with fair skin tones
- No streaks at all!
- No residue/stickiness after application
- No transfer
And here are the results! I found it quite difficult to photograph just how good the finish is on the tan, but if you can't see from the photos, trust me it really is an airbrushed, glowing finish!
Thank you so much to the lovely Angela from Fake Bake for sending me this revolutionary product to try, it really is going to be a necessity from now on !