Every time the warm weather rolls around, I expect my skin to have the colour it had last time I found myself in a light, flowy, leg-baring dress. But the minute I transition into a spring-inspired outfit, reality sets in: My fair skin looks like it hasn’t seen the sun in ages (well, it hasn’t).
I’ve tested my fair share of self-tanners (seriously, I consider myself an expert now), and let me tell you, if anyone can’t deal with strong smelling formulas, unnatural orange tones, unbearably long setting times, and streaky residue—it’s me. So after putting multiple bronzers to the test, I’ve found three go-tos that each fill a different role in my get glowing routine.
For a gradual glow:
St. Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan Lotion is pretty unique in its application. It goes on to wet skin in the shower which makes it basically foolproof to apply as the water on your skin eliminates any streaking. I go about my normal shower routine, turn the water off, lather it on, then it rise right off with warm water after just 3 minutes (or after my rendition of some Beyoncé song). After a couple applications, I’m left with subtle sun-kissed colour.
For quick results:
After I exfoliate and moisturize, I apply the new Self Tanning Milky-Lotion from Clarins evenly all over my body. The smooth, silky texture glides on and is quickly absorbed. Yes, this means no awkward standing around moments while waiting for your skin to dry. It’s easily buildable, but after just one application, I already notice a natural, even glow. Bonus—my skin also feels soft and hydrated (giving off those goddess vibes).
Bourjois Délice De Soleil Bronzing Powder Spray can be used all over for insta-bronze results. However, I like to use the fair/medium shade in small spritzes just to accentuate my glow wherever I need it. I hold the aerosol can about 30cm from my skin, spray it on in a quick motion, and done! Easy peasy. It dries quickly and is long-lasting, plus the tasty chocolate cocoa scent doesn’t hurt, either.
Alright, it’s time to get your faux glow on. You can thank me later.