Recently though, I have been using a brand that is slowly changing my opinion on fake tans and that brand is St Moriz ( No, I haven't been on the Pimms already and getting confused with another similarly named brand).
One of the best things about it is the price, £4.95!!! I bought mine from amazon Here. In my humble opinion it is equally as good, if not better, than most of the expensive fake tans and salon spray tans that I have tried.
Initially, I tried the medium tan mist, whilst the colour was very natural the mist was more like a pathetic little dribble. So this time I opted for the mousse and feeling brave, I went for the darkest shade.
I love it! I feel like I've spent a week on holiday in the sun! On my skin I find that the colour is very natural, it lasts about 6-7 days and fades quite evenly, except for around my wrists (but nothing that a good exfoliation wouldn't sort out). I do find it's a bit drying so I make sure to apply lashings of moisturiser to prevent dryness. The darker shade means that I don't have to apply a second coat the next day in order to achieve the colour I'm looking for. As a mama of a nocturnal baby, the last thing I feel like doing most nights is applying fake tan, so cutting out one coat is definitely a plus!!
Ooohhh and what about the all important fake tan smell? Well, there is the faintest eau de biscuit but I really have to sniff to notice it.
I'm by no means an expert in fake tanning, but here are my top tips for a natural looking tan and avoiding looking like an oompa loompa:
- As with most cosmetics, there isn't a one size fits all product. Hunt around for one that suits your colouring and is closest to the shade that you would naturally turn in the sun.
- Exfoliate!! The morning before you apply fake tan, three days after application and then every other day.
- Moisturise!! paying attention to your knees, elbows, ankles and wrists, these are always my problem areas anyway.
- Right after you've applied your tan, gently sweep a baby wipe over dry areas such as knees and elbows to prevent tell tale dark stains.
- Use a Mit for streak free application, I use this one from Boots Here and it really does make a difference.
- If your fake tan becomes patchy after a few days, use a gradual tanner to help even out your colour.
So I've found my go- to fake tan but I'm still looking for a good one for the face. Which brand do you use?