Hashtag – pale.girl.problems
Yes, I love summer, everything about it, the walking around in just a tee-shirt and shorts, the longer evenings with the sun warming the breeze, the cocktails on balconies and the iced coffees.
But one thing that I dread is when I want my legs out but they are as white as milk bottles.
Jet me off on holiday for about three weeks and I might come as white as when I went. But in England, even though Cal catches the sun beautifully, even if it’s raining. I do NOT. Even in the height of summer.
Therefore fake tan is my saviour – or aka Nutella (according to Cal.) However, what a pain in the arse it is, especially if you have sensitive skin…on your legs.
Is it just me? My skin on my face is almost perfect on most days, not a blemish in sight, no sore skin, it’s too not dry, it’s too not oily, makeup doesn’t irritate me at all.
However, when I apply fake tan (or any cream for that matter) on my legs, it just doesn’t react well. Particularly when I have recently shaved.
It’s taken years of practice to perfect this, but I think I have finally got it (almost) right!
Shave legs 24 hours in advance, no more no less.
Applying fake tan instantly after shaving is a recipe for disaster, it almost feels like lots of tiny bee stings all over the bottom of my leg. Therefore shaving needs to be done prior to application, however not too far in advance because my hair starts to grow back, therefore applying fake tan after more than 24 hours makes my legs look a hot mess – imagine applying fake tan to your boyfriend’s hairy legs and you have the image.
So I have discovered, I need to shave my legs using Wilkinson Sword Intuition Blade (all products will be listed below) and scrubbed with a loofah 24 hours before.
This step is not for wussies, and it definitely takes some getting used too. When I have finished shaving I take a minute to turn the water to as cold as I can handle and soak each leg with cold water. This closes the paws up and reduces irritation.
Moisturising should NOT be put on before fake tan, however, 24 hours before I apply No7’s Beautiful Skin Silky Leg Oil, this sets the perfect base, I love this stuff, and it doesn’t irritate me, it can be applied straight after shaving without it not being unpleasant.
Wait till the next day.
I either take a shower or bath before or get straight down to it. Take a clean mitt and in long circle motions, I start from the bottom and work my way upwards. I use Vita Liberata’s Instant Tan I’ve found after lots of trials, that this one suits me best. And is one of the most quickly drying ones out there.
I try not to tan too late in the day, and not too close to going out. It’s good to give it a good two hours before dressing. I also apply one layer at a time instead of using a lot in one go. I find that it builds up nicely.
….then just don’t wash for the next week.
When I bought a St Tropez tan a long time ago it came with something called a tan booster
I never used this till recently, and I really don’t know why. This is a smooth and paler cream that you can apply over your tan when you have been in the shower or when the tan is starting to fade. It boosts the tan back to normal without having to re-tan completely.
And voila, bronzed babe!
L’OREAL SUBLIME BRONZE OVERNIGHT ELIXIR – £9.99 (sale!)
VITA LIBERATA INSTANT TAN – from £17.00-£ 37.50
ST TROPEZ TAN BOOSTER – £12.00
NO7 BEAUTIFUL SKIN SILKY LEG OIL – £12.00