I LOVE having a golden glow! Nothing perks you up more than a flush of colour, especially during the miserable Winter months... I have long been a fan of Cocoa Brown tan (especially their Lovely Legs spray) so I wanted to share with you these 3 tips to getting the perfect tan for your date this Valentine's Day...
Step 1) When it comes to tanning, preparation is key!! Remove rough, dry, flaky skin on the skin by exfoliating. Luckily for us, Cocoa Brown have in their range a TOUGH STUFF Body Scrub... FYI - don’t be fooled by the pretty pink colour of the tube or scrub! TOUGH STUFF contains finely ground pumice which will do a far better job of exfoliating than your usual apricot or walnut kernel body scrubs.
Tip: Start at your toes and work your way towards your heart to get your blood flowing and increase your circulation. This will bring oxygen to your skin cells, making it appear more healthy and radiant. Bonus! Pay particular attention to areas such as your hands, feet, elbows and knees which often get dry.
Step 2) Now you've exfoliated, your skin will be at its most absorbent so slap on that moisturiser! Now, I always thought that a moisturiser would act as a barrier for my tan, but actually Cocoa Brown's Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser, hydrates and plumps skin, preparing it for your tan. Plus it sounds and smells delicious...
The best thing about this is that Chocolate Whip won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or oily so you can dress within minutes of application.
Tip: Apply this everyday in the lead up to your Valentines Day tanning and a small amount to knees, elbows and feet on the day you are applying your tan.
Step 3) You are now ready to apply your tan!! I'd recommend Cocoa Brown's 1 HOUR TAN DARK. It's best to apply this using a mitt (Cocoa Brown do these too and their pink tanning mitts are actually quite hard wearing) Make sure you sweep the mitt back and forth with the product to ensure a streak-free result. The best thing about the 1 HOUR TAN is that it's a brown mousse formulation so you can see exactly where you are applying it - and it’s fast drying too.
Bonus? It has no fake tan pong!! Leave it to develop for 1, 2 or 3 hours, depending on how dark you’d like your tan to look.
Tip: Once you rinse your 1 HOUR TAN, you can add an additional layer of Chocolate Whip everyday to lock in moisture and extend the life of your Cocoa Brown glow. Of course, Chocolate Whip has the added benefit of making you smell irresistible for that special someone too making it a Valentines Day beauty essential! ;-)
If you'd like to try Cocoa Brown Tan you can get it from Superdrug, Primark or online at my fave beauty stockists www.feelunique.com
What are your plans for Valentines Day?!