If your summer tan is starting to fade, we can fix that – we have the technology. And you don’t have to go to a tanning salon. (Although we wouldn’t hold it against you if you did, because one of us still indulges in that very unhealthy practice…)
Cardinal Rule #1 – you absolutely need to exfoliate before using a self tanning product. This will make a huge difference in the appearance, as you’re much less likely to end up with streaks. It will also make the tan last longer.
And it’s a good idea to do it immediately before applying a tanner.
The Soap and Glory line (available at Shoppers) has great scrubs at a good price. The Scrub of Your Life ($16) is for the neck down, and will moisturize as well as exfoliate. It’s a terrific product. The Face Soap Clarity ($18) isn’t technically a scrub, but works well for the purpose of exfoliating before using a tanning product.
Clarins also has a great facial scrub for $36. Double the price, but scrubs last a long time because you don’t use them every day.
2. Self tanners
Two great products – one for face and one for body. And we know this how? Thanks to many, many bad experiences with self tanners.
Jergens Natural Glow ($12.99) is a great product for the body – especially super for legs if you’re putting off wearing nylons for as long as possible. Apply 2 thin layers (after using a scrub), and then that night, or the next morning, apply another thin layer. You won’t be streaky, and you’ll have a great, natural looking colour that will last 3 or 4 days.
Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning ($35) is the best facial tanner we’ve tried. Apply 1 thin layer (after using a scrub) and then again, about 12 hours later, apply another thin layer. The colour will last about 3 days.
Self tanners have a shelf life, so these products will not work a year from now – they are best used within 6 months of opening them.
When you’re rushing around in the morning, and looking in the mirror, realize that you forgot to use the self tanner the night before, it’s time to reach for a bronzer. At last count, we found about a million bronzers on the market. A lot of them go on heavily, even if you only use a bit. A long time favourite is Laura Mercier’s Baroque Sateen Eye Colour ($23) – yep – eye shadow. Very soft and subtle and like all of the Laura Mercier line, great quality and long lasting wear.