I’m going to be 100% honest from the start of this post – I’m not one of those people who absolutely HAS to be tanned or they’re not happy, but as a very very pale skinned girl, I’ve tried more than my fair share of fake tans! It’s really hard finding a fake tan that doesn’t instantly appear orange on my skin – my legs honestly look blue in the winter, so I use a light application of fake tan to look less frostbitten! Like I said before, I don’t wear it 24/7 but definitely bring it out before an event or a night out as it is a little confidence booster – having a tan makes your skin look smoother and more toned.
First things first – exfoliate! Don’t be too harsh on your skin though – I’ve been trying out the Exfoliating Skin Primer* from St Moriz for the past month and found it works well for my sensitive skin (it smells amazing too!). Try to exfoliate and shave the day before you fake tan to avoid any irritation to your skin. This also prevents the fake tan from staying in the pores of your skin! When you exfoliate, focus on the dryer areas where you could have patches of dead skin – these are normally your elbows, knees and ankles. Moisturise these after – the Soap and Glory body butters are amazing! This will help your tan to go on evenly and to last longer. The primer also works to help fade your tan if it becomes patchy later on.
I’ve tried every type of fake tanning there is (NO UV sun beds though – ever!). This includes all over spray tans, mousses, at home sprays, even self tanning wipes! This new release from St Moriz however is a Gel formula. I’ve been reviewing the shade Medium – Velvet Finish Tanning Gel. It’s a little different to your typical self tanner as it has no guide colour. I’ve been using a tanning mitt to ensure I cover everything.
I actually really liked this though, as I could apply it in the morning and go out without looking orange – all self tanners know the shade I mean – and then let it develop over that morning (it’s supposed to take 4-6 hours). I don’t know how to describe the smell exactly, but it has a fresh scent rather than the typical biscuity smell of fake tan! The final shade really impressed me. It’s definitely not too orange on my pale skin and it felt like it had also moisturised.
I would definitely recommend the new range from St Moriz and might even try the Dark shade for the summer! St Moriz is cruelty free too. This ensures you can enjoy your new tan guilt free while also staying safe from damaging sun rays! The Velvet Tanning Gel is £8.99 from Superdrug – they usually have 3 for 2 deals!