Here at Naked Tan we are big believers in natural: natural ingredients, natural colour and natural looking tans. No one wants orange! And certainly no one wants to look like you’ve been dipped in a vat of brown dye in the middle of winter, not even a permatan weather girl. That is why we cater to different shades for differing individual skin colour and needs. We don’t believe that it should ever be a case of one colour suits ALL; not these days with all the technology available to the brands and salons. But pale, winter skin can look a little flat. So here are our five steps to achieving that perfect Winter glow:
1. Hydration: Yes, we’ve all heard that water is great for good-looking skin. It’s particularly important in winter when the colder temperatures can dry out skin. Getting your 2L of water during winter can help keep skin hydrated. This is an important part of healthy looking skin. And hydrated skin means a better looking tan!
2. Exfoliation: Exfoliation is essential for healthy skin. It removes the old dead skin cells, which can clog pores and create dull skin. By removing the old skin cells it allows the new skin cell regeneration rate to speed up. The International Dermal Institute also explains that when the dead cells are cleared away moisturiser is better able to be absorbed into the skin, and of course your spray tan!
3. Moisture: Dr Phillip Artemi from the Australian College of Dermatologists explains that long showers, air conditioning and thick fabrics such as wool can dry out our skin during winter. It can give that itchy, tight feeling skin. This is because the epidermis, the top layer of the skin, is highly sensititve to changes in temperature and humidity, and cold weather can dry out and irritate the skin. A great moisturiser acts as a barrier. It assists the skin in keeping hydrated and also protects against the environment. Try a shea butter, which provides a long lasting barrier, keeping in moisture. The Naked Tan Creme de la Creme is a delicious shea butter cream containing coconut oil, beeswax and silk amino to nourish and care for skin.
4. Winter colour: My biggest tip to clients who ask about winter tan is less is more. You want healthy, glowing skin with a touch of colour. If in doubt during winter, choose a lighter shade. You can always build colour after a spray tan if you decide that you want increased depth. A gradual tanner, such as Naked Tan Goddess Glaze, builds colour, but also contains shea butter and aloe vera to soothe and hydrate skin. This is ideal in between spray tans to deliver a more even tan.
5. Glow Baby: While we can’t all have that I-just-got-back-from-a-yoga-detox-retreat look you can recreate it with a little bit of illumination. Simply apply to the places that the sun would hit first (ie. Bridge of the nose, apples of the cheeks, decollage) to achieve a beautiful, subtle glow. You could even mix a little into your foundation or moisturiser and apply all over (just remember to start with a little and build). We want natural glow, not disco diva. Try Naked Tan Goddess Shimmer with natural mica to provide a soft, glowing illumination to skin.
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