BEAUTY: Beautifully bronzed
Summer is here and it is time to indulge in a few luxuries. To really get those chic accessories and the 70s style block heels to look elegant and sporty, a great beach bronzed body look is the way to start. I took a look at the professional self tan products by Caribbean Tan, which by the way is the easiest, fastest and safest way to get an all-round beautiful glow in preparation for summer.
There are four different self-tan application methods and three shades to choose from, so matching your skin to the correct product ensures that the tan gives you an even colour, does not look streaky or patch and gives you an even coverage.
The first step is ensuring that the entire body is clean and smooth and that means starting with the Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, which removes dead skin cells to create the perfect canvas for your tan.
Remember to also exfoliate the elbows, knees and feet in order to get full coverage and an even skin tone on the whole body and prevent unwanted build-up of the colour. Once you have chosen the correct colour, you have to decide whether you want a gradual tan or an instant tan. If you are unsure about which colour to use or if you are trying this for the first time, I would suggest using the gradual tan, which will give you a hint of colour and just enough glow. The clear gradual tan spray develops over eight hours into a deep, even tan and takes about eight minutes to dry.
This is ideal for beginners, as you can always top up your tan each day to give you an added glow and moisture onto the skin. It is also easy to use and can be applied daily, after a shower, by simply applying in a constant sweeping motion over the body. The colour gradually builds up into a golden hue to create a rich, even glow on the skin.
The Tan In A Can Instant is slightly deeper and gives an immediate bronze, which develops over eight hours. This is definitely the perfect way to enhance those parts of the body that are on show, such as the arms, legs and face. If you are in a hurry or have a last-minute occasion to attend, then the instant tan is the better way to go, as it really is a quick-fix and fast-drying.
Another one of my favourites is the Gradual Bronzing Mousse, which is a lightweight, easy to apply clear mousse that delivers an even, all over tan. It gives the body an instant lift by hiding certain flaws like marks or uneven complexion. This product really gets a “thumbs up” as it dries in just three minutes.
If you have the time and if you are a more “professional” tanner, then the Tanning Spritzer is the way to go, as this is a salon-inspired formula created to give you a rich, deep, instant tan. It leaves the skin immediately bronzed, while developing a long lasting tan over eight hours. Remember that preparation is the key to get an even colour, so an all over body exfoliation is a must, which will get rid of any oil build-up from lotions and creams. This will ensure that you get a streak-free finish. Always use a tanning mitt when applying and sweep onto the body in order to get an even distribution of the product. If you want to prolong your tan, the easy-to-travel, wrapped tanning wipes are ideal for instant touch-ups, while the milk and honey body butter is specially formulated to keep your skin nourished and moisturized.
So, the perfect body accessory this summer is definitely the tan in a can range by Caribbean tan which guarantees to give you a healthy, fresh and glowing body.
One lucky reader can win a hamper of these products to get you beach body ready. Send your name and “Caribbean Tan” in the subject line in an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 12pm on Monday, November 30.