The days of orange hand and tell-tale steaks are, for the most part, well behind us, but there are still a few bug bears that some of us have when it comes to fake tan.
If you’re an advocate for all-white bedding, you probably cringe when it comes to the idea of applying a self tanner and sleeping in it overnight. But thanks to modern formulations, tanning can easily become your best kept secret. Best practice for those who want to glow on the down low, clear tan is shaking up tanning as we know it.
The basics: apply the water, which turns into a mousse as soon as it’s dispensed through the pump, to a mitt, buffing into the skin as with a traditional tanning mousse. That traditional guide colour you’d instantly see? Gone. Clear tan is invisible, meaning no guide colour and no unpleasant transfer onto clothes or sheets during development time. Apply day or night, and, in the meantime, get dressed, run errands and sleep in fresh sheets!
This does, however, mean you’ll have to be precise with your application – a typical guide colour is there to help you see where you’ve applied the tan, so without this you’ll need to remember which parts you’ve already done for an even, streak-free coverage. But don’t worry – there’s a slight sheen left on the skin immediately upon application that will help you along.
Clear tan is a particular saviour for brides, bridesmaids, proms and those on hen parties, each special occasions involving an important outfit. In fact, every avid tanner should have a clear formulation in their arsenal for those last minute plans or when planning to wear a light coloured outfit.
You don’t have to settle for less, either. The best formulations are quick drying and packed with skin-enhancing ingredients to nourish skin. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin by holding up to 1000x it’s weight in water, while Aloe Vera soothes and moisturises. There are also a range of variations depending on your usual bronzing preference. Graduals can be subtly built up over a few days for an all-round glow, while you can still achieve professional-like ultra dark results thanks to formulations with a higher amount of tanning actives.
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