There’s a definite chill in the air, an abundance of chic knitwear adorns shop rails and every passerby seems to be armed with a pumpkin spice latte, which means that autumn is without a doubt, upon us. While there can be the temptation to seek solace indoors and layer up, this season, we are on a serious mission to make the globe glow. Studies have shown that wearing tan has the ability to lift our moods and boost confidence, which is reason enough for us. So if you fancy getting your glow on this autumn, follow our ultimate skincare tips for an enviable tan.
Embrace the great outdoors
Yes… really! While there’s something undeniably cosy about setting ourselves up on the sofa for another Netflix binge, after a while, it becomes boring. If you’ve noticed that your skin tends to look better during summer, more often than not, it’s down to spending more time outside, while we lap up those feel-good Vitamin-D rays. This season, try swapping the gym time for some outdoor pursuits. Getting active while out and about increases your heart rate and boosts your circulation. This allows your skin’s natural radiance to shine through. Just keep in mind that it’s best to avoid rigorous exercise for 6 hours post-tanning.
A flawless base
At Bellamianta, one of our key tanning messages is that a good tan begins with the perfect base. While exfoliation prior to tanning is important at any time of the year, definitely don’t neglect it during autumn. The season’s harsh, cold air and constant exposure to artificial heating has a tendency to hydrate skin, leaving it dry and in need of a little TLC. Therefore, exfoliation is key. Approximately 12-hours before you plan to tan, jump in the shower and exfoliate using our Triple Action Glycolic Body Scrub to gently remove any dead skin cells. Pay a little extra attention to those notoriously hard-to-tan areas including the elbows, heels and knees. This simple step leaves skin in perfect pre-tanning condition.
Up your water intake
While hot drinks might be your tipple of choice for fall, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water in-between times. It’s no big secret that water has amazing skin benefits, clearing it of toxins and promoting a natural radiance. Therefore, make sure you always have a refillable water bottle handy and keep sipping throughout the day.
Reach for the moisturiser daily
Another top tip, don’t neglect the moisturiser! If you’re worried about tan building up, before you start, apply a little moisturiser to your feet, backs of the heels, elbows, cuticles and hands only, avoiding the rest of your body. This acts as a barrier so that tan won’t build up, allowing for a more even, natural finish.
But post-tanning is where the magic really happens. Moisturise head-to-toe each day to help lock in hydration, keeping your tan flawless, with a natural fade. To really up the ante, make our Self Tanning Gradual Moisturiser you’re not so secret weapon. As well as keeping skin hydrated, you’ll build up a nice, natural glow. Plus, it’s packed full of skin-loving ingredients, such as mango, papaya and goji berry, which work with the skin’s natural melanin to provide our signature golden tone.
Always use a tanning mitt
A beautiful bronzed glow starts with how you apply it. For the best results, we always recommend using a tanning mitt for an even, smooth application. In fact, we have created one, perfect for this very purpose. Our Luxury Velvet Tanning Mitt has been specially designed for a seamless tanning experience. The glove ensures your tan glides on evenly for the perfect self tan application, while keeping your hands stain-free.
This autumn, if you really want to take things to the next level, reach for our Flawless Filter Body Make-Up. This clever little number is making headlines for all the right reasons. Super easy to apply, the wash off body and face make-up blurs imperfections, bronzes and glosses skin instantly, giving it a HD finish that lasts all day long.
This autumn, armed with these top skincare tips, getting the perfect glow has never been easier.