Your New Tanning Skincare Routine

Jan 22, 2022 | Tips & Tricks

We don’t hesitate to go all out when it comes to our skincare routine – exfoliators, cleansers, toners, serums, moisturisers, eye creams and SPF often make a daily appearance. From the neck down though, we tend to overlook keeping up a good body care routine. This, of course, can have detrimental effects on both the health of our skin and the quality of our tan. So, to ensure that you always maintain a flawless, sunkissed complexion, we’ve put together a new self tanning routine for the ultimate healthy glow. You can thank us later!

A guide to your new fake tan routine

Step 1: Exfoliate your body

tanning skincare routine

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The secret to the best tanning routine lies in the prep, and exfoliation is key for this. Not only does exfoliating buff away dead skin cells and allow your skin to better absorb the nourishing ingredients in your body care routine, but it prepares your skin for an even tan that won’t fade too quickly.

If you’re on the lookout for a great exfoliator, we’d recommend using our Tan Enhancing Body Polish the day before you apply self tanner as the first step in your fake tan routine. As you massage it into your skin using upward circular motions, it gently removes dead cells. The result? Softer, smoother and clearer-looking skin, ready for a fresh application of fake tan. You can also use it after having applied your tan – once or twice a week – to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.

Top tip: For best results, apply our body polish using the Exfoliating Mitt. Specifically designed to buff away dry skin, it helps to even out skin tone and create a soft, smooth canvas for a layer of fresh tan. We’d recommend exfoliating 24 hours before applying your self tanner.

Step 2: Moisturise your skin

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It might seem obvious, but moisturising is the key to healthy, hydrated skin and an essential step in your tanning routine.

There are many factors that affect your skin’s moisture levels, including the weather, your diet and how much water you drink, so it’s important to moisturise regularly to save it from looking dull and lacklustre. For ultimate hydration, you just can’t beat our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser.

Infused with apricot oil and shea butter, it leaves your skin feeling velvety soft and smooth. Apply it over your whole body before tanning, focusing particularly on dry areas such as elbows, knees, ankles, feet and hands. This will prevent the skin from absorbing excess tan and looking patchy, instead giving you a gorgeous radiant glow.

Top tip: To keep your skin hydrated and prolong your tan, apply this moisturiser daily as part of your post-shower body care routine.

Step 3: Apply vitamin-enriched self tanner

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Don’t risk putting all of your skin-loving good practices to waste by using poor quality, dehydrating tanning products. For the ultimate fake tan routine, opt for a vitamin-enriched self tanner that not only gives you that dreamy golden glow, but that nourishes your skin too. Our lightweight and easy-to-use Self Tan Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Body Mist does just that.

  • It’s infused with up to 95% natural skincare ingredients
  • Hyaluronic Acid gives your skin a boost of hydration to make your glow last even longer
  • Kakadu Plum provide a Vitamin C boost for a radiant finish
  • Vitamins D Boosters mimic the positive effects of the sun
  • Green Mandarin Water instantly refreshes and revives your skin

Using the wide, elongated pump, simply spritz it onto your skin, then blend it in using an Applicator Mitt. You’ll achieve an instant radiance boost and develop a week-long medium golden tan over the next 4 to 8 hours. The perfect tanning routine has never been so straightforward!

Top tip: The Self Tan Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Body Mist is suitable for sensitive skin and can be layered for your desired finish.

Step 4: Don’t skip the face in your fake tan routine!

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Tanning your body but not your face is a major faux-pax, so don’t forget about your face when you’re performing your tan routine!

To get a glowing complexion, we recommend our Self Tan Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Face Serum. Its vitamin-enriched formula is supercharged with 93% natural skincare ingredients and 100% natural tanning active for your healthiest, dewiest complexion yet.

  • Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps your skin
  • Preach Flower protects against external aggressors
  • Vitamins C and D Boosters add radiance and mimic the positive effects of the sun

If you already follow a strict skincare regimen (i.e. you cleanse, tone and moisturise), you don’t need to take any extra steps to make the most of this serum. Simply mix a couple of drops in with your moisturiser, or apply it directly onto your skin. It will provide up to 3 days of hydration and develop into a medium golden glow in 4 to 6 hours.

Follow this simple fake tan routine and you’re guaranteed to have healthy, glowing skin from head-to-toe!

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