There’s a common belief that beauty editors have the most comprehensive beauty routines, ever.
This is partly true, but I can also attest to the fact that we can be an unbelievably lazy bunch. (An old editor of mine used to pour olive oil into her bath at night so she didn’t have to bother with moisturiser – genius, if you ask me.)
Personally, the laziness is especially true when it comes to self tan. I've never been a religious Thursday night tanner, or any night for that matter.
I think it comes down to a few reasons: One is that I'm a bit lazy with application. And I have white bed sheets and live in fear I’ll leave a me-shaped bronze impression on them. I also swim often and practice hot yoga every second day (i.e. profuse sweating), making tan maintenance and upkeep particularly difficult.
With that being said, however, I'm a fan of glowy, bronzed skin, so trust me when I say I’ve done the research and found easy-to-use products that give natural-looking colour, without the fussiness of traditional tan formulas.
Want in? Of course you do! Find my four summer skin tanning hacks below.
Hack 1: The Best Face Fake Tan You Can’t Stuff Up.
Props to the folk at Eco Tan for creating what I would consider one of the greatest facial tanners of all time: Eco Tan Organic Face Tan Water
It’s less intense than a traditional tanner, but the glow and depth of colour is still remarkable. And the best part? Application is literally a breeze. All you need to do is use your hands or a brush to evenly cover the face, neck and décolletage. Just follow up with your regular non-active skin care as using a product with exfoliating ingredients like acids and vitamin A will slough off the tan.
This product won’t clog your pores either, which is a huge plus in my books. Expect a face that says “I-just-spent-a-week-in-Ibiza” without the plane ticket.
Here's a little before and after - the results are subtle, but noticeably glowy, no?