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How To Tan Gradually


With such confused weather conditions, one minute it’s hot and the next it’s cold, it’s easy to get caught out when it comes to tanning. This week, we give you all the tricks, tips and must-try products for how to master a gradual, mid-season tan, so that when the sun does eventually shine, you’re ready to shed your tights and long-sleeve top to reveal a beautifully bronzed body. Simply follow the steps below; ready, steady, glow!

Ready, Steady…

Although body scrubs can seem arduous at the time, it really is worth the effort, as eliminating dry patches ensures a smooth and flawless tan that will stand the test of time. Pay special attention to problem areas, such as elbows, knees and ankles, which tend to be drier than other skin on the body and can end up looking patchy.

Top Tip: Be sure to exfoliate at least 24 hours before applying self-tanning products, as this will give skin time to regenerate and repair.

Try: New and exclusive to Space NK, Mauli’s body beautifying scrub makes exfoliating a pleasure. Take a handful of the salts and rub into dry skin in circular motions before rinsing in the bath or shower. Packed with the finest pink Himalayan salts, the scrub gently sloughs away dead skin cells while therapeutic oils nourish and enrich, leaving skin petal soft.

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If you’re in a hurry, REN’s clever new AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum moisturises and exfoliates at the same time. Perfect for a spot of pre-tan pampering, use this lactic acid rich formula the night before you tan for an even, all-over glow.

REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum

Glow: Tan For Today

Once you’ve got into the swing of keeping skin soft and summer-ready, you’re now prepared for spontaneous sun spells. If you wake up and the sun is out, do a quick salutation before reaching for these golden gems, guaranteed to deliver an instant, no-nonsense tan in no time.

Try: Designed for both the face and body, By Terry’s Tea To Tan spray provides sun-kissed skin in an instant. We love this liquid gold bronzer because you can apply it under makeup for an immediate subtle glow or layer it for a deeper tan. It comes in an easy-to-use spray bottle and dries quickly.

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For fast self-tanning results, simply sweep one of Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads all over your face, neck and décolleté in circular motions, taking time to blend. A natural tan will start to appear gradually within three hours. If you’re heading out for the day, don’t forget to apply SPF as your skin will be photosensitive or try using over night.

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Plaster pasty limbs in a liberal layer of Vita Liberata’s Body Blur. Squeeze onto a tanning mitt and massage into skin well for an instant wash of colour. We love this luxurious lotion as it’s water resistant,

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so if the weather does take a turn for the worst, you won’t fall victim to tell-tale streaks or drips. Plus, it cleverly masks the appearance of cellulite, spider veins and imperfections.

Glow: Tan For Tomorrow

If you’ve checked the weather forecast and tomorrow is looking promising, then invest in these innovative tanning formulas that will deliver long-lasting colour in time for tomorrow and then some. These formulas are ideal if you’re looking to build gradual colour throughout the summer or for a base to build on before you go abroad.

Try: Overnight tanning treatment, Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil hydrates and tans your face while you sleep. Apply 3 – 6 drops directly on your skin (remember to wash your hands after) before going to bed and you’ll wake up to a radiant complexion.

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If you love the idea of building a gradual tan but don’t like the sticky feeling of lotion left on your skin or want to go bed without staining the sheets, Vita Liberata’s Ten Minute Tan is the answer. Infused with vitamin C from neroli and omega oils derived from rosehip, the caramel coloured gel sinks into skin and seals in moisture for long-lasting colour. Once applied, wait 10 minutes, or 20 for an even deeper result, before rinsing off in the shower. Your tan will develop gradually over the next 4 – 6 hours.

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Customise your colour with Tan-Luxe The Body Illuminating Tan Drops. Add 2 – 6 drops (depending on your desired finish) to your usual body moisturiser, oil or cream for a luminous glow that lasts. We love Tan-Luxe because all the products are infused with raspberry seed oil and so have a natural yet fruity fragrance.

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