Perfect your summer glow in the winter months! Here are some top tips from Blair James, the Co-Founder of Bondi Sands.
To avoid looking ghostly in the cooler months, give your skin a boost with some fake tan! Having a beautiful sin-kissed glow not only makes you feel good, it makes you look good too. And by good, we mean HEALTHY! We spoke to the director and co founder of Bondi Sands, Blair James, for his fail safe Winter tanning tips.
Buffing mitts at the ready!
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO EXFOLIATE BEFORE APPLYING FAKE TAN?
‘An exfoliating mitt is the best way to prepare your skin before applying any fake tan product.’
HOW LONG AFTER SHAVING OR WAXING SHOULD WE WAIT TO APPLY TAN? ‘Generally you should wait around 24hrs after shaving or waxing before applying your self-tanning product. If not it can result in rough or irritated areas that can develop into a patchy tan.’
WHERE SHOULD WE BE MOISTURISING PRE-TAN AND WHY?
‘Only moisturise dry areas of skin such as elbows, knees and knuckles or any areas you do not want to tan i.e. your eyebrows when tanning the face! Applying a moisturiser prior to tanning will great a barrier between the skin and the tan, which inhibits the tan from processing.’
WHERE SHOULD WE APPLY OUR FAKE TAN FIRST?
‘Start from the lower leg and move your way up the leg, then use the residue on the mitt to tan the feet. Next, move on to the upper body leaving your hands and arms until last and, again, use the residue on the mitt for the hands and elbows. Do not reapply tan to these areas as the hands and elbows will absorb product quicker.’
WHAT FORMULAS ARE SUITABLE FOR THE FACE?
‘Gradual tanning products are great for the face as you have greater control over the end result by building the tan slowly. Self-tanning foams and lotions can also be used on the face, but be sure to moisturise your eye brows and hairline to stop the tan shifting into those areas. Generally, specific face tanning products will be more gentle on the skin and may reduce the chance of irritation.’
HOW CAN KEEP OUR SKIN LOOKING FRESH AND GLOWING?
‘Moisturisation is key to extending the length of your tan and maintaining your glow. You can also use a gradual tanning product like Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Milk, $22.99, to moisturise your skin while also giving your tan a top-up.’
WHAT TRICKS ARE THERE TO FIX UP TANNING MISHAPS?
‘Lemon juice will help lighten and remove tanning stains. We have also released our Exfoliation Mitt, $13.99, which is specifically designed to help remove any unwanted tan.’
HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN OUR TAN IS READY TO BE SCRUBBED OFF?
‘Once the tan begins to crack and flake off around the your elbows or knees it’s ready to be removed.’
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE FAKE TAN FAST FROM THE BODY?
‘Again, Lemon juice, or a little bit of baby oil in a very warm bath will help soften the skin. After soaking in the bath for 10 minutes use an exfoliation mitt to gently rub against the skin.’
What are your best fake tanning beauty hacks? We’d love to hear them…
WORDS: Elise Wilson
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