We get it, winter can be miserable. It’s cold, rainy and you are lacking any sort of vitamin D. Being constantly covered in turtlenecks, scarves, jackets and boots, your skin can feel dry, pale and unloved. Next thing you know you have a date, work event or engagement party and you realise that your legs will be on display for the first time in months! You know you need some sort of tan but don’t want to go over the top or look like you are obviously wearing fake tan. With everyone else being so pale you feel your usual ‘fake tan routine’ (which you know like the back of your hand because you’ve done it all through the Summer months) might contrast a little too much with everyone else.
Sure, we hear you. Wearing Naked Tan becomes second nature. But you definitely need to adjust your tanning routine depending on the season. The key to a perfect winter tan is to look as natural as possible. Unless you’ve been on a tropical getaway, a Bali-style bronze in the depths of winter will look…odd. Below are a few tips on how to take that Oompa Loompa fear factor away and how to master a natural looking tan in winter.
1. Exfoliate – and exfoliate well.
We aren’t talking about a willy nilly rub over with an exfoliate gel. We mean getting down and dirty in the shower and spending a good 10 minutes with an exfoliation glove and soap body exfoliator. You skin gets so dry in winter, so you want to remove as much dead skin as possible to create an even surface for a smooth application.
We get it ladies, winter is our time to be lazy (you know you’ve reached a low point when your leg hairs begin to creep out through your stockings!). We’ve all been there. But before you tan make sure you shave those legs and underarms! Again, it provides a smooth application process.
3. Moisture. Moisture. Moisture
We always recommend moisturising after a shower on your hands, elbows, knees and ankles before tanning but in winter it is important to be a little more generous. Your skin becomes very dry in winter and literally drinks up any moisture it is given! After a shower moisturise all over (be generous) and let it sink in before you apply your Naked Tan. This allows for an even, smooth application.
4. Go light or go home.
When tanning start with a small amount and only cover small body surface areas at a time. This way you can control the colour build up. Only do 1 and make sure you are standing in natural light when applying to ensure you can see just how dark your tan is getting. Also avoid applying too much tan on your face. Your face can get very dry in winter and your tan can begin to flake. You can build up your tan on your face using bronzer.
5. Does my tan match these shoes?
This years A/W2015 fashion is so gorgeous – full of loose knits, scarves and monochrome colour palettes. Choose colours to wear that compliment a lovely light glow. Rather than wearing pastels and blacks opt for shades of camels, beige, khaki, slate grey’s and whites that will really make your tan pop.
So there you have it! Hopefully you take a couple of points away from this. We know a tan is an instant confidence booster, so spray tanning all year round is a great solution and following the above tips will ensure your tan game is ON POINT this season!
Until next time,
Naked Tan x