With limbs naturally the colour of skimmed milk, I’ve always been a big, big fan of gradual tanners, from Garnier’s game-changer years ago, which I swore by when I worked at Vogue House, to the plethora of options that now sit in my bathroom. Whilst I will go for the fully Monty with mousse and mitt when I want a deeper colour, the gradual tanners do avoid the streaky towels and linen issue, as well as streaky legs. That being said, not all gradual tanners are created equal. Don’t go thinking they are infallible because they are imparting less colour: they still need to be carefully rubbed in to give a smooth tan, you need to pay special attention to your feet as it’s very easy to end up with blotches, and you still need to wash your hands carefully afterwards to avoid brown palms and cuticles.
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About a week ago I had had enough of my lower limbs giving people snow blindness as I cycled around the park, so I took a razor to them (it took a while to depilate, even for this natural blonde, but goodness it felt good not to have bristly legs), and slapped on a good layer of Tan Luxe’s The Gradual.
It’s a lotion and oil hybrid, so it’s much more liquid than traditional lotions, so be careful when applying as it can drip. But I find it absorbs very quickly and you need less. It develops within an hour, giving a lovely hint of tan, and the colour is buildable so you can use it daily to reach a lovely bronzed colour within a week.
As I mention above you need to be really careful to avoid blotchy feet – this has more tanner in it than some of its rivals so you will notice if you miss a bit.
I’ve used Tan-Luxe’s The Face for years in conjunction with my daily serum and moisturiser routine during the summer months, when I’ve already gone a base layer (fake) tan going on. They are daily drops that transform your existing skincare product into a bespoke self-tanner. You simply add a few droplets to any point in your existing regime to give skin an olive-toned glow.
But Tan-Luxe’s Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum is the game changer. I was given a bottle in Caroline Hirons’ last super best-selling edit for SpaceNK, and I can now see why she thinks it’s a daily essential.
It’s a multi-purpose serum which combines tanning and skincare to hydrate and tan while providing anti-ageing benefits. I LOVE hyaluronic acid and use a serum containing it every day, so a multi-tasking hybrid like this is perfect: you get the softening and hydrating effects of the acid, whilst still creating the trademark Tan-Luxe buildable glow.