Want to bring back your summer glow? The good news is that you don’t actually need summer to do it. We know self-tanning lotion isn’t exactly beauty’s best-kept secret, but we also know that the best (and safest) glow is the one you find in a bottle. So, how can you keep this sun-kissed look all-year long? With the best self-tanner – and of course, our tips on how to apply it…
Prepare your skin.
If you’re planning on any body hair removal, do it at least 24 hours before you want to start applying your tanning lotion. Shaving makes your skin extra sensitive and the last thing you want is a rash distracting from your perfectly golden legs
Exfoliation is really important pre-tanning: getting rid of dead skin means the pigment in your tanner won’t be able to cling to it and then flake off. You’ll have a much longer lasting colour (and no patchy bits)
Moisturise and tan.
For the best, most even coverage, moisturising is key, but that’s even easier when your tanning lotion already is a moisturiser. The easiest way to build up the ultimate glow is to use a moisturiser like Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Body Lotion, which blends moisturising actives compressed from natural seed oils with gradual tanners for radiant, pampered skin
Pick the right shade.
For a natural-looking summer glow, use a gradual tan moisturiser that matches your skin tone. Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Body Lotion comes in two shades: for fair to medium skin and for medium to dark skin so you can pick a shade more tailored to you
The best way to apply self-tanners is to use large, circular movements to rub it in – this’ll keep the colour from streaking and give you an even, natural finish
Let it set.
Try to give your lotion at least half an hour to sink in before you get dressed – this’ll give it a chance to really settle into your skin and give you a nice, even finish