I’m pretty lackadaisical with regards to tanning – #effort. However, I can push aside the laze when bronzing my face as it requires minimal pain but all the gain.
In the past (circa pre-full time working life, sigh) I’d generally just extend whatever body tan I was wearing all the way up to my forehead. Now though, I’m all the fussier. (Body) fake tans tend to cling to dry patches, settle in pores, and dehydrate your skin something shockin’. Therefore if you’re gonna fake the glow, you’re gonna be needing tan designed specifically for the face.
The skin on your face as opposed to your body, is thinner and more sensitive, and consequently face tanners are generally non-comedogenic and less dehydrating than their siblings.
My current three favourite face tanners take form in three different formulations – a cream, an oil and a powder. I also want something very subtle; I’ve thankfully long outgrown my fifty shades of orange phase. Where my legs may require a deeper hue of bronze to knock the blue-white tint away from them, my face definitely does not. Finally, when using face tanners, I expect zero streaks, breakouts or irritations. All three tanners mentioned below fit the above criteria.
For point of reference I’m about as fair as one can be. I’m naturally blonde, blue eyed, with many a freckle and a paler than pale complexion.
As a standalone night cream it’s fantastic – extremely hydrating and gives my skin that ‘plumped‘ and well-rested appearance. As a tanner it has zero fake tan scent, zero streaks and zero dehydation.
You’re going to need a good three applications for a noticable shade change – That’s three nights of a hydrating mask saturated with Vitamin A, C , D and Tocopherol; Your skin will thank you for it.
If you’re olive toned or after a deep bronzed effect then perhaps avoid this one. However, for me and those after a subtle, delicate sheen of sunkissed then it’s perfection.
Favourite Face Tanner Number Two:
This is a teeny-tiny oil, which when added to your moisturiser (or face oil/serum) transforms into a tanning elixir.
It’s deceivingly more substancial than its 15ml status seems, as a few drops per application are all you need. Upon wakening, my skin has a subtle, radiant boost and when used for a couple of continuous nights, I acquire that two weeks of sunshine hue. The shade is never orange, and never streaks. Winning. The pro’s are obvious – You can adjust the level of bronze you require by simply adding more drops to your night cream hybrid. Also, as it’s mixing it up with all the hydrating/brightening active ingredients from your night cream/serum, it’s never going to dry or break out the skin. For my full review on this little gem click here.
For a rapid tan in one night, I’ve been known to combine the Vita Liberata face cream mentioned above with a few drops of the Clarins oil. This gives a far more intense tan than either alone – perfect for the upcoming festivites – provided your body tan co-ordinates, obv.
Favourite Face Tanner Number Three:
It’s actually pretty genius. Just whack it on like your regular bronzer and you’re good to go. The mineral powder works best when applied over a moisturiser, and subsequently the formula does not dehydrate (my main concern with powders!).
The tan effect is instant from the mineral powder, but the DHAs get to work over your night’s sleep, and develop into a lasting tan. It claims said tan will last for for five days, which is definitely not the case. But after building the colour up for a couple of nights, you should get two to three bronzed goddess day, with minimal effort.
The mineral powder is by far the easiest of all formulation to use – The bronzer colour guides you and there’s no waiting around for the formula to dry in. Also no rinsing of hands continuously to avoid tan lines. It’s fuss free – whack it on a la your regular bronzer (albeit after your night skincare regime) and BOOM! You’ll awaken a slightly less pale version of yourself.
Also, on a sidenote, the accompanying kabuki brush is actually pretty decent quality, with soft and full bristles. Makes a welcome change from the generic complimentary makeup brushes that go straight in the bin.
So which other products do you recommend for that Cali vibe?!
I’m currently perving on By Terry’s Serum Terrybly Sun Booster, although I cannot justify the price tag at the mo…