Now, I know technically we are already in Summer but being a mum “summer” to me means the start of the school holidays. At that point my summer really begins as I can indulge in late nights out with the kids, enjoying every hour of the summer sun. There’s adventure to be had and a freedom both for them and myself reserved for that special 6 week period, and of course (hopefully) a vacation/staycation to pack for and enjoy!
As such I’ve decided to run a series of beauty related blog posts as a countdown to the summer holidays, dedicated to preparing myself for a summer spent in swimwear and sharing my finds with you all.
This week’s instalment is all about tanning, or to be more precise fake tanning. I’ll be honest I’m not that good at fake tanning, nor am I all that good at sitting in the sun in order to achieve a tan, but I do believe that a healthy glow makes everyone look and feel better. My preferred method of tanning in real life is while on a boat trip or while exploring a Mediterranean city somewhere as I bore easily, so I’m not after achieving by a deep tan. Therefore this post is aimed at those who prefer a sunkissed approach to tanning as opposed to a TOWIE one.
Over the years I have experimented A LOT with faux tan, from cheap brands to eye wateringly priced ones and I’ve got to admit it’s been at times comical in the results. As such I’ve found that gradual tans seem to be a better option, it leaves room for error as this can be easily disguised with another application. It also means that you can control the level of tan you desire too. My current favourite is by skincare experts Sisley Paris and comes in the form of their Self Tanning Hydrating Body Skin Care (£82.50)
Ok, it is a bit pricey but for me there is no competition. This goes on nice and smooth, it absorbs quickly, which if you are impatient like me, is an added benefit. The colour comes out a soft sunkissed shade looking perfectly natural which is visible after just 2 hours. It also smells great, both on initial application as well as once dry. Now, I’ve tried others that promised not to have that “biscuit” smell, and in fairness didn’t on application but did however have that familiar scent once on. This one ACTUALLY does do what it says on the tin, or in this case, the bottle. Also, because it’s from Sisley Paris it also contains a whole host of moisturising properties, such as Wild Pansy and Chestnut extracts to promote circulation and maintain moisture.
In addition I’ve also been trying their Super Soin Solaire Tinted Sun Care SPF30 Youth Protector, a tinted moisturiser (£114.50) containing SPF. I’m sure you’ve heard enough on the importance of SPF for your face so let me just say this, MAKE SURE YOU ARE WEARING IT, all day, EVERYDAY!
Personally I don’t like to go completely makeup free for summer, even to the beach, but I do like to switch up my foundation for a tinted moisturiser when on holiday. This one is fab. It’s quite a thick one so a little goes a long way, and you can either apply with your finger tips or else use a makeup sponge. It’s nicely pigmented and feels really nourishing. It contains UVA-UVB protection in the form of mineral filters which absorb these harmful and age inducing rays. Vitamin E acetate works to fight against free-radical properties and Edelweiss extract protects the cellular DNA from oxidative stress. In order to help the skin stay moisturised it also contains Camelia oil, Shea Butter oil and Mango extract, which work together to soften, nourish and repair. It comes in 4 shades, with 0-Porcelain being for extremely fair, followed by 1-Natural (my shade) 2-Golden and 3-Amber.
You can shop Sisley Paris Suncare here…
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