How To: get your best summer tan in winter
If the cold, harsh winter climate has been wreaking havoc on your endless summer glow, step away from the heater stat! Here are some tried and test tanning tips to make sure you hold onto your summer glow or reveal your best winter one, even if it's only on your face, forearms and ankles!
1. Feeling hot, hot, hot. As tempting as it might be, especially first thing on an icy cold morning, don't turn up the hot water when you shower. Hot showers, while addictive, are incredibly drying for your skin and can actually dehydrate you. And we all know that dry, flakey skin is the worst canvas to apply your Tanning Lotion or Mousse because product always grabs to the textured areas first. This'll result in patchiness and inconsistency of pigment AKA not your best look.
The Base Tip: Instead, opt for a warmer shower (not scolding) with a gentle soap like Korres Fig Shower Gel and have your slippers ready when you hop out to minimise the chill! Your summer-winter tan will thank you!
2. Take acid seriously. Hyaluronic acid to be exact. This incredibly potent ingredient holds up to 300 times its weight in water, drawing fluid from the lower layers of your skin up to the surface leaving it looking plump, hydrated and nourished. By putting your skins healthy first, your tan will apply a lot more evenly across your face, giving you a far more natural looking glow.
The Base Tip: After cleansing, try Ultraceuticals B2 Hydrating Serum for a few nights before your tanning day. A couple of drops of this serum and your face will be ready to receive its new summer-winter glow.
3. Rub a dub scrub! It's the age old tanning adage but it's the top rule for tanning for a reason. Buffing away dead skin with a mechanical exfoliant reveals a smooth canvas ready for receiving your Lotion or Mousse. This goes for face and body! Because unlike the humidity in summer that hydrates and increases sebum on the skin, in winter, the cold harsh climate draws moisture away from it and leaves you looking dull, flakey and lacklustre; a tan's worst nightmare.
The Base Tip: We love Frank Body's Coconut Coffee Scrub: it's a tough exfoliant with nourishing coconut and grapeseed oil, it's perfect for sensitive skin and smells like the tropics. Ah, that endless summer scent. Dry brushing is also a effective option, with the added benefit of boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage. Iris Hantverk makes this ergonomic brush that is gentle on the skin.
4. A moment on the lips. Dry, chapped lips are one of winters most irritating offsets. And when you need to tan your face, they can be a whole new kind of hazard. When dry, peeling skin is present, your tanning product will grab to it. And when your mouth is involved, it's not a good look!
The Base Tip: We've found the most delectable and effective way to buff and hydrate chapped lips before tanning your face. Simply mix a teaspoon of sugar with a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage gently over your lips and the skin around them. Leave it for a couple of minutes to let the beautiful fats in the coconut oil rejuvenate your lack lustre skin and then wipe off with a tissue. Then, apply your facial tan as normal. Did we mention how delicious this sweet scrub is? DIY never looked (or smelt) so good.
5. Nourish from head to toe. Hydration is key to making your tan last the long haul. Especially when indoor heating comes into play, it seems that the winter weather is determined to make us suffer with dehydrated lacklustre skin, chapped lips and brittle nails. If we want to have a post-holiday glow all year round, we all need to put a little extra effort in... To our mouths to nourish our skin from within. If your skin is healthy and its elasticity is in tact, your tan will glide on and you'll be emanating summer vibes in no time.
The Base Tip: Doing our best to include lots of omega 3, 6 and 9's, vitamins B and C and zinc in our diet to take extra care of our skin during these harsh months. Dark leafy greens, berries, kiwi fruit, pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocado, cashew nuts and oats are all super skin foods that nourish your skin from within. Try making a breakfast smoothie with almond milk, berries, baby spinach, half an avocado and some honey. Your tan will thank you.