While it’s cold as ice here in the Southern Hemisphere, over in Miami they’re currently in the midst of Miami Swim Week – where models are tanned, the cocktails are fruity and the sun shines brightly.
One lucky Australian, Rebecca Colalillo, has jumped to Miami to take part in the Nookie Swim Presentation, with her natural tan company, GlowByBeca, the official tan sponsor of the show.
Nookie Girls walked down the runway with bronzed and hydrated limbs, complimenting their bright and patterned Nookie Bikinis. Easy to apply, the models applied GlowByBeca tan with a tanning mitt the day before the show, which developed into a deep bronze colour by showtime.
SHESAID sat down for an exclusive chat with Rebecca on how to stay tanned during winter, and how to get that classic, Miami Swim glow.
What’s the best way our readers can stay tanned during winter?
In winter our skin dries up due to the constant wind blasts and changes in air conditioning. This can make tanning during winter hard, as you’ll have dry patches of skin. The very first thing to do when tanning at home is to exfoliate with a natural scrub in the shower, focusing on elbows, knees, ankles, feet and the backs of your hands. When you step out of the shower, pat yourself dry and don’t apply any lotions.
Your skin needs to be completely free of any other formulas in order to pick up the tan. Now, simply grab a tanning mitt, apply the GlowByBeca Chocolate Tanning Mousse onto the mitt and – making small circles – cover your skin, working fast but evenly. Then, wait to dry!
That’s the beauty of GlowByBeca, it’s quick drying and you can get changed instantly into loose clothing without the greasy feel after you’ve applied the Chocolate Tanning Mousse formula. My hot tip, though, is to switch your hairdryer onto yourself and dry your skin that way! It’s warm and effective.
OK, how can we make the tan last?
I like to apply a moisturiser every day to ensure skin stays hydrated throughout winter, meaning your tan will stay even. Our GlowByBeca Tan Extender is a light lotion, so it doesn’t feel too heavy under winter layers.
Plus it contains Aloe Vera, Pomegranate Extract, Shea Butter and Cranberry Extract to extend the life of your tan and keep you hydrated without the grease.
What about shaving? When should we shave our legs if we’re about to tan?
Shaving your legs the day before you tan allows time for your cuticles to close and you’ll avoid those dark tiny spots. You can run your razor over your legs again the day after you’ve tanned, just be sure to use a shaving lotion that doesn’t contain oil so that you keep the colour of your tan.
How did the Nookie Girls get the glowing bronze tans they had at Miami Swim Week?
The girls exfoliated the day before the show, and applied the GlowByBeca Chocolate Tanning Mousse in circular motions, concentrating on the outside of their limbs to make them look extra long. We then applied GlowByBeca Tan Extender on their whole body the day of the show, for a slight shine and healthy, hydrated glow. The tan will last them well into the week!
Who doesn’t love to pamper themselves every now and then to a safe, sun-free summer glow?
Here at SHESAID, we love nothing more than a safe tan, free from harmful chemicals or other nasty preservatives lurking in the formula. If you’re new to the self-tanning game, here are just a few of our favourite all-natural tans for you to try at home.
Naked Tan Goddess Bronzing Mousse, $36
With a sweet-smelling scent which dries almost instantly, this tan is well-loved by celebrities all over the world. Although we have only used the cream formula, there is also a mousse which is perfect for achieving a sun-less tan. Simply wash-off with warm water, and your skin is left with a warm, bronze glow for days.
ModelCo Natural Tan Self-Tan Mousse, $20
One of our favourite Australian brands, ModelCo have released a collection of natural tans which are made from natural ingredients. Available in two different shades, simply apply all over the body (be careful around fingers, knees, and elbows), and wash-off after 8 hours. For best results, sleep in loose clothing, and remove with soapy, lukewarm water the next morning.
TanOrganic Self-Tan, $34
As one of the worlds first and only eco-certified tanning products, TanOrganic is perfect for those suffering from skin allergies, and even for expecting mothers who want a sun-less tan. Not only is the formula scent-free, but it dries almost immediately and doesn’t leave any residue on clothes or sheets!
Vani-T Bronzing Custard, $33.08
A holy-grail product by celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Vani-T offers a streak-less tanning experience with a formula which is packed with vitamins and botanicals for your skin. Featuring unique technology to disguise cellulite, stretch marks, and discolouration.
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Lara Bingle has launched a brand-new line of ultimate bronzing and tanning products which helps both men and women to achieve a healthy glow out of the sun.
Each item has been specially formulated to act as s foundation to the rest of your look, and is perfect for creating a bronzed skin anytime of the year.
Not only is the entire collection easy to use, but it’s also made of high-quality ingredients which are formulated to enhance your inner beauty. But what makes this tanning collection different is that helps to bring out your own natural glow:
“It’s not about changing what products you may love and use now, it was about creating products that would compliment and enhance your tan. My brand is Australian. My team is Australian. I’m Australian and I’m very, very proud of that.”
Whether you want to create a lasting bronze colour, a wash-off for a special event, or even just a summer glow for your face, The Base offers eight specialised products to create all of these looks and more, which are priced between $12-39.
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Sunshine. Bondi. The Whitsundays. Port Douglas. Before you go on holiday there comes a point where you?ve to shed your winter skin and get ready to get that constant glow. You want to be ready to flaunt your tan all summer long. Organising your pre-summer glow isn?t just a walk in the park. It takes some maintenance.
It?s important to know just what products can keep you looking and feeling better than the most golden-bronzed beauty at the beach. Looks like the tan is back, but make it fake.Luckily, fake tan and tan enhancers are better than they?ve ever been. Scientists have come so far, we don?t have to worry as much as we used to. It?s not like playing with Botox. Researchers have perfected the levels of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), the chemical that reacts with the skin to cause a colour change in products ? so you
The good thing about the fake tan is that you?re not going to end up with sunburn or look 50 when you?re only 25. This is very important. The memory of your holiday may well be fading fast but if you follow our tips your tan will move into the next winter with you.
White Hot Heat
Come on girls, get positive. It is coming even though it doesn?t feel like it. The storms and cold nights are just an illusion. By this time next week we hope you?ll be able to smell Spring in the air and we hope you?ll have a fresh outlook on your impending wardrobe. The word is white and we?re not talking Liz Hurley, tight white capris with no undies. We?re talking, elegance and good clean lines. From a fantastic cutting edge suit to a flowing bohemian chic dress we have the key pieces you?ll need to take with you into the warmer months.
Witchery?s cheesecloth long dress with sherring across top ($159.95). Go to www.witchery.com.au
Tim O?Connor halter dress ($300)
Table Eight pant suit ($249 jacket, $139 pants)
Zimmerman sexy ice princess halter neck dress ($436)
Marcs Baby Doll ?Vegas? jeans ($150)
Wayne Cooper white pants ($269)
Classic Marcs Baby Doll puff white t-shirt ($49.95)
Lu Lu Babe white ruffle skirt ($79.95)
Diana Ferrari ?Payton? thong with buckle trim in white ($55.95)