If you are new to self tanning and don’t fancy covering yourself in ‘gravy’ (as my husband would say), then why not look at using a gradual tan product instead?
I’ve had my fair share of tanning mishaps. In my teens I used tanning wipes. These had no colour to them so you had no idea where you’d ‘wiped’, thus ending up looking stripy for days on end. In my early twenties I used a selection of hi-end self tanning products and again ended up with tell tale signs of my attempt at being bronzed……..orange hands and feet, patchy arms…..it was a terrible time!
Then in my late twenties I found a range of tanning products that saved me from the embarrassment of ‘failed tanning’ and I continue to use them today. However, if this isn’t your idea of tanning at home (or you don’t have the time to self tan), then gradual tanning will be perfect for you.
My all time favourite is by Dove. They do the Summer Glow range which consists of two moisturizing body lotions with a touch of self tan in them. You can either choose fair/medium or medium/dark. I buy fair/medium as this gives a light tan and looks perfect. In my experience, if I use this for 3 consecutive days, I’m left with a lovely sun-kissed glow (which you can build up into a deeper tan if you want). I also love how soft my skin feels after using my Dove Summer Glow, as it contains essential oils that nourish the skin. This product also doesn’t have that self tan ‘biscuit’ smell that I personally dislike. This smells just like a moisturiser; it has a fresh light fragrance which is very pleasing.
The one thing I would say is make sure you check the bottle before you get to the till. I once picked up the Summer Glow Shimmer, didn’t realise until I’d applied it all over my body, and ended up looking like Tinkerbell!!!!
That aside, in my opinion you can’t beat Dove Summer Glow. If you haven’t tried it give it a go and let me know what you think :)