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The truth is, though it is undoubtedly possible that certain people are just permanently tanned, it is not exactly probable. So what do these people use?
No doubt you will already have heard of this and some of you might have even tried it but until recently, this had remained something of a danger zone to me. Scared off by the sight of women San Troped to within an inch of their lives and having seen many a friend succumb to using various products only to come out of it looking like piebald Oompa Loompas, I shied away, instead, from anything rising above the ankle, hiding away my pasty legs in shame.
I opted for Clarins’s latest product. The application was easy, scarily so: I was certain that since everything had gone so smoothly, there would be consequences. I waited in anticipation of the disaster that would come when, to my surprise, 15 minutes later a perfect, natural looking tan had developed.
Prone to burning myself fake tan is a much more preferable option.
With fake tan there is no pain, no lying in the sun hours on end attempting to get an even colour, no tan lines, and most importantly, no risk of skin cancer.
But hey, don’t just take my word for it, try it out and see for yourself.
Your basic fake tanning rules are simple: Exfoliate first, use a bit of body lotion before applying, and avoid feet and ankles altogether. Go for a paler shade, and build up if necessary. Once you've mastered the art - you'll never go back to having white thighs.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Express Spray Bronzer- £8
Easy to apply.
Gives natural, even looking tan.
Apricot extract gives it a lovely smell.
Johnson’s Holiday Skin Moisturiser- £4.99
Easy to apply.
Natural colour with no streaking.
Leaves skin silky soft.
No loss of colour after showering.
You can control your tan as it is a gradual build up.
L’Oreal Sublime Bronzer-£10.99
Easy to apply
Lasts a while - maybe a month of using every 2 days.
Powdery spray-on tights.
Ideal for summer when it’s too hot for tight.
Comes in four colours: natural, terracotta, bronze, and coco.
Lighter tones give perfect, flawless legs.
No7 Quick Dry Tinted Lotion- £10.50
Simple and straight forward.
Lovely brown colour, no orange glow.
Very little smell.
Dries quickly: you can dress after 15 minutes.
Difference in colour after about an hour.
Clinique Self Tanning Lotion- £12.50
Looks really natural.
Comes in two colours: light or dark for different skin tones.
Does not leave you with orange hands.
Tube lasts a couple of months.
Smell is not bad.
Only have to wait two hours before showering.
Clarins Auto-Bronzant Visage Self tanning Gel- £16.50
Goes on easily, just like a normal moisturiser.
White in colour.
Natural sun kissed glow.
Not over the top, just removes pastiness.
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