A summer filled with sporadic bursts of sunshine can do wonders for bolstering your mood but it can play havoc with your tan lines. Here’s our guide to getting and keeping that elusive all-over glow.
Step 1: Prepare Your Skin
The first stage of getting your skin ready for any colour, be it fake or natural is to exfoliate and moisturise thoroughly. An energetic buff with daily boost body scrub, £7, sheds any dull, scaly skin leaving it prepped for hydration. To get legs looking more beautiful smooth over perfect legs skin miracle, £37, which imbues skin with moisture and disguises bruising and imperfections thanks to a cocktail of vitamin E, C and Arnica. It imparts a light hint of caramel bronze too so is ideal for a gentle transition into colour. If you’re already tanned a good scrub will keep your colour looking fresher for longer.
Step 2: Add Colour
If you’ve picked up a subtle tan from sitting in the sun now is the time to enhance it. Skin deep dry leg oil, £39.50, makes light work of hydrating limbs and adds an elongating sheen. If you’re after a serum with added oomph skin deep golden elixir, £45 is an antioxidant-rich serum embellished with 24 carat gold flecks to transform legs and leave them glossy and gleaming. If they’ve been hiding in trousers until now, ensure they match sun-blushed arms with a layer of perfect legs gradual tan, £38, a streak-free serum that promises a gentle build-up of honeyed colour.
And whether you’ve faked your colour or put in the tanning time, turn your attention to your face as colour fades faster here than anywhere else. Perfect look skin miracle, £28, is a Caramel and Mica tinted moisturiser that delivers an instant glow whilst plumping and soothing simultaneously. It’s a miracle for skin that’s been in the sun but needs a little TLC as well as that which is crying out for a healthy dose of colour. Not all tanning is without its mishaps but no wrinkles time dose mask, £36, provides a genius solution for any application that’s gone awry. Thanks to its naturally exfoliating fruit acids it removes unsightly streaks and returns skin back to a smoothed, even base. Simply leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.
Step 3: Maintain and Repair
Holding on to your colour requires upkeep. Whether it’s from a bottle or not colour locks on to moisturised skin better. No wrinkles wonder essence, £30, is a treatment-serum-moisturiser hybrid that deftly tackles enlarged pores and pigmentation as well as hydration and skin rejuvenation. Use twice a day and underneath no wrinkles active serum, £39, at night (a powerful treatment that brings stressed skin back to life) and skin will retain its natural bounce and radiant colour. Add a layer of protection wherever you are with an SPF of 30 or higher.
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