Self Tanners for Fair Skin

by - September 03, 2017

When you’re a fair skinned girl, trying to find the perfect self tanner can be quite the problem. Something that doesn’t make you look like you’re auditioning as an extra for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, yet something that has enough impact to give you that “healthy glow” (#palegirlprobz). Luckily I’ve managed to find 3 products that I swear by if I need to bronze up!

The one for quickness.. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold £14.99 - The Bondi Sands Liquid Gold is a dry oil that dries instantly, develops throughout the day and theres no need to wash off when fully developed. It’s a colourless product when dried so there isn’t a guide colour, but if applied in sections it’s easy enough to apply evenly. I usually use about 2 applications which leaves a nice golden finish and looks really natural on the skin (one thing to note is that it does only come in one colour, so depending on the number of times applied the deeper the colour will go). I would advise exfoliating before hand and moisturising elbows, wrists, knees & ankles, and also applying with a tanning mit. I can usually get a good 3-4 days before it starts to fade, and even then it fades really evenly and doesn’t go patchy. 

The one without any mess.. St. Tropez Gradual Tan (Light/Medium) £9.67 - The St. Tropez Gradual Tan is a moisturising lotion that you use in place of your usual moisturiser and, as the name suggests, gradually tans throughout the day. As it is a moisturiser it can be applied like normal with your hands, however as usual you need to ensure that you wash them when your finished. I use the shade Light/Medium and it leaves the skin with a natural glow which usually lasts about 2-3 days (it can last longer if you keep applying daily). It is quite a heavily scented product and the smell can be a bit over powering, but it’s nothing unpleasant and I do think the results are worth it. The only cons I’ve found is that it can take a while to dry in and when it starts to fade, it does so quite patchy. All in all I’d say its definitely worth picking up if you're looking for a tanner thats easy to apply.

The one that lasts.. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Lotion (Medium) £37.50 - It kind of hurts me to mention this one, the thought of spending £37.50 on a tanner is a bit ridiculous, but it’s just so damn good. If I know I have a few things going on and I know it’s going to be a bit of a faff reapplying false tan every couple of days, then this is the one I reach for every time. It’s a lotion consistency and needs to be applied with a tanning mit and I would say exfoliating is essential before hand. It’s a coloured lotion so it’s easy to see where you’re applying it and it goes on really evenly. I have the shade Medium and it develops perfectly for a natural glowy tan. It’s one that needs to be developed and then washed off a couple of hours later, it dries quite quickly once applied and it doesn’t transfer on to any clothes or bedsheets. I usually apply 2 applications and that lasts between a week and a half and 2 weeks, the bottle does say that it can last up to 3 weeks however I’ve never braved a 3rd application to test this. Like with the Bondi Sands tan it fades really evenly so no harsh exfoliating is needed to get the last bit of tan off.. it is a lot of money to spend on a tan but I’d say its worth every penny!

What are your favourite/least favourite tanning products?

Steph xo

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