If any of you are lucky enough to be heading off to somewhere warm over Easter, or if you are starting to shed your winter layers wondering if you should offer sunglasses to onlookers due to the gleaming white colour of your skin, then fear not as I have a solution! Ta dah...
When I first bought this last summer, I was incredibly disillusioned with the product. It is a very subtle approach to self tanning and most definitely doesn't give the same effect as a spray tan or self tanning mousse. I also found it a bit of a bore, waiting around wet for 3 minutes before I could rinse off.
But fast forward to a winter sun holiday, when you really don't need to be completely bronzed, and I gave this another shot. WOW! I was completely taken with it and am in love. Let me give you a few tips on how I made it work for me...
1: Exfoliate!!! Doesn't matter what you use to do this step, but make sure you get to all the rough skin patches. If you want to make a treat of the exfoliation, my favourite products are Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub, Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub, and Ren Rose Sugar Body Polish.
2: After reading some people's tips on the 3 minute wait (planking and other virtuous activities), I now use the time - and I happily take 5 minutes or more with no untoward affects so far - to do my skincare and make-up and even clean my teeth. As long as you are standing on a bath mat you are good to drip a bit? Time flies like this :)
3. Moisturise profusely afterwards. You won't notice much of a change immediately, but by evening you will suddenly realise you have a tint of colour (or you just don't glow white anymore!)
I happily apply this 3 times in the next week and have enough colouring to feel more comfortable with my legs and any other bits on show. Saves the hassle of a spray tan (I hate that sticky feeling and the bad night's sleep waiting for it to develop properly!). If you are worried about how to do your back, I have a truly hilarious hint - apply the lotion to the backs of your hands and use a windscreen wiper action to apply to your back! Miraculous discovery! I have not had any problems with blotches as the tint is so carefully subtle.
Bring on the ankle showing weather.