The Ultimate Fake Tanning Prep Duo

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

 As you probably know, I'm a bit of a fake tan addict. Although I've flirted with the idea of sticking to my pale self in the past, tanned Hannah is the happiest Hannah. I've tried lots of tans over the years and, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll probably know that my heart lies firmly with St Moriz lotion when it comes to fake tan products. 

As much as I love being tanned, I do find fake tanning a big, fat chore. I don't think anyone enjoys it - it's a lot of hassle, mess and fuss, but ultimately I would much rather spend twenty five minutes making a mess in the bathroom applying the fake stuff than baking outside or on a sunbed. Having said that, when it comes to false tan maintenance, I'm a bit of a disaster area. Let's face it - if you're into your tanning, you have to be committed to it, and you have to be prepared for the upkeep. Fake tan isn't a simple case of popping some lotion on and you're good to go; it requires a lot of prep and commitment to keep a flawless glow.

This is where I have a problem. I'm notoriously lazy. If you read my post a couple of days ago you'll have heard how slack I used to be with my skincare, so don't even get me started on fake tan maintenance. I hate spending time moisturising my body, detest using body scrubs in the shower, and therefore, my tan was starting to look extremely lacklustre, and my skin was paying for it. You see, tan can dry your skin out a fair bit, so you need to be prepared to moisturise daily to ensure your tan stays flawless and your skin doesn't dry out. I could get away with it sometimes, but the majority of the time my skin would go flakey, I'd get the dreaded reptile-esque patchiness and my skin would become extremely dry and sore. Particularly around my neck, which would be sore to touch and an unsightly mess if I decided to apply more tan - tan sticks to dry patches, which meant that I'd end up looking a little bit of a mess. 

I blamed it on my tan, switched to others, and found they were just the same. Then I spoke to my sister, another fake tan-addict, and she said I really needed to be diligent with maintaining my tan. She recommended me a body scrub and a moisturiser and told me I'd have to be prepared to use the moisturiser daily and the scrub a few times a week. Off I trotted to the shops, picked up the cheap-as-chips moisturiser and the not-so-cheap scrub, and I was good to go to see if they would make a difference. 

All I can say is - wow. Taking time out to look after my skin and make sure it's properly prepped, and looked after every day has meant that my skin has been transformed. I'm not sure where I'd be without these products now. I've always been a big fan of Palmer's moisturisers since I discovered them years ago, but in all honesty I'd forgotten just how good they are. This moisturiser smells deliciously like chocolate, melts into my skin and leaves it feeling so smooth and soft. I love that it's cocoa butter and aims to help with stretchmarks as well as moisturise and hydrate the skin - always a bonus. I got mine from a cheap body shop but it's currently on offer at Boots for a decent price! The salt scrub from Sanctuary, whilst a little on the pricey side, is worth every penny. I usually opt for cheapy scrubs as I've never really put much thought into them, but I'll never look back after trying this beauty. It's a gorgeous scrub that smells amazing, and feels so amazing on the skin. It actually has an oil embedded inside which is so luxurious and leaves your skin feeling incredible. You feel like you're being well and truly pampered when you use this scrub, not to mention how pretty the packaging looks on my bathroom window! 

I am so glad I've found my dream tanning duo. Using these two products together, and being committed to using them, has transformed my fake tanning regime and made me so much happier about my skin. The dryness and patchiness I used to get on a regular basis appears to have gone for good, as have the dreaded scales. My skin is smooth, soft, and my tan looks fantastic (if I do say so myself). It lasts longer too, which is brilliant. I wish I'd discovered how wonderful these products are sooner because now I honestly wouldn't be without them. That's not to say that they did all the work - it's taken a lot for me to get off my bum and make myself moisturise regularly, but once it's habbit, it sticks. 

Do you have a thorough fake tanning regime? Which prepping products do you swear by?