Like any good fashionista, our wardrobes here at Littlewoods HQ are starting to be stacked full of glitter, sparkle and sequin in time for the Christmas party season. But while our clothes might be glowing, our skin still needs a bit of a pep-up to match the golden sheen we see when we open our cupboard doors.
For most of us, the luxury of a winter holiday is out of the question, so the safest and easiest way to make sure you’re looking healthy, sun-kissed and sexy for the party season is some fake tan. St Tropez is one of the well-respected brands available for helping you achieve a perfect, pristine tan, so here’s our fail-safe guide to getting the tan you need just in time for Christmas!
What sort of tan do you want?
It’s important to make sure you choose a self-tanning product that matches the shade of your skin tone. If you’re already fairly tanned or have olive-toned skin, then what you choose to create your golden glow will be different to if you have very fair or pale skin. St Tropez has a range of products for different skin tones, meaning you’ll get the perfect tan every time. If you prefer a gradual tan, too, then try the St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Body in Light/Medium or Medium/Dark, or the St Tropez Wash Off Body Lotion for a quick (and easily-removable) fake tan fix.
Make sure you exfoliate and moisturise
One of the main reasons that a fake tan will fade, appear streaky or become patchy is because it hasn’t been applied correctly or cared for properly afterwards. The St Tropez Optimiser Body Polish is essential to the start of your self-tanning regime; shower or bathe, and exfoliate your skin using this gentle body polish. This sloughs off dead skin, leaving it ready to take on the tan!
Moisturiser should only be used before tanning on the parts of your body that are the driest – knees and elbows are normally the main culprits. After you’ve applied your fake tan, however, and once it’s settled in, make sure you moisturise regularly to keep your tan from patching; the St Tropez Tan Optimiser Body Moisturiser is a light formula that doesn’t feel too rich on your skin.
Applying your fake tan
Mousse formulas for fake tan are simple to apply and give some of the best results: the St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse is a good place to start. Use long, smooth strokes and protect your hands with the St Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt, which also helps to apply your fake tan evenly. Another alternative is to use a spray, like the St Tropez Self Tan Perfect Leg Spray, for your limbs – no messy hands and guaranteed not to streak!
Don’t forget to take a look at the rest of our St Tropez range right here on Littlewoods.