Tanning-tips

Top 10 Tanning Tips

Ever wanted a perfect fake tan without streaky skin or orange hands? Bondi Sands Co-Founder and Director, Blair James shares exclusive tips on how to manage an easy streak-free tan at your own home. Keep reading to find out the number one trick to avoid any fake tan-related drama.

Tip #1: Skin preparation

This is the most important factor to achieving a streak free beautiful tan. EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE. Self tan will grab to any areas of dry skin resulting in blotchy patches and your tan flaking off in the coming days.

Tip #2: Shaving

Shaving is a major part of the skin preparation process – so if you shave your legs try to do so a day before applying your tan. By shaving the day before, your skin won’t be too sensitive and reactive to the self-tan. Also shaving prior to applying your tan means you do not need to shave over the top of your tan, which can reduce the length of your tan.

Tip #3: Showering

Once you have showered and exfoliated, wait 30 minutes before applying tanning lotions to ensure that your skin is dry – this will give the tan a greater chance of adhering to the skin. Never apply deodorant, moisturiser or perfume prior to applying tanning products!

Tip #4: Face

Before applying your self-tanning product to your face run an ice cube over the nose and surrounding areas. This will reduce the size of the pores so the lotion does not get caught and result in black spots.

Tip #5: Choose your shade

Choose the correct shade for you skin. If you have fair skin and want a dark tan try 1 application of a light/medium product, then reapply if you would like more colour instead of jumping straight into a Dark lotion, which may leave your tan looking unnatural.

Tip #6: Application

Always use a tanning mitt and start with a small amount of tanning lotion, no more than the size of a 20c piece – you can always add more as needed. Gently apply in a smooth circular motion when using tanning lotions and a long fluid motion when using foams or mousses.

Tip #7: Application

Leave the rough areas of the body such as the hands, elbows, knees, and feet to last, and only use the residue left on the mitt. For example when tanning your arms apply lotion to upper arm and forearm then do elbows and hands before moving on to your legs. Refrain from adding more product for these areas, as the rough skin will grab the tanning lotion quickly.

Tip #8: Brow line

The last thing you want is for your self tan to work its way into your brow line or hair line, so apply a small amount of moisturiser to your brow and hair line prior to applying your tan to you face.

Top #9: Finger/toe nails

Wipe your finger/toe nails with a cleansing wipe to prevent them turning brown.

Tip #10: Moisture is the key for tan maintenance! 

The drier your skin, the faster your tan will fade. Moisturise twice a day to extend the life of your tan. Try to avoid other factors that may dry your skin such as salty water, chlorinated water or even showering with very hot water.

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, Light to Medium 200ml, $19.99

June 4, 2015

Sex It Up, It’s Springtime!

Ok ladies, it’s time to strip off those flannelette PJs, get rid of the winter hair growth and bring sexy back! In springtime there are plenty of things you can do to sex it up. It doesn’t matter if you are single or not, either. In fact, if you’re not single, you’ve probably let the winter funk take over far more than the single ladies out there.

Springtime is the best time to recreate your presence. Lose a few kilos or make that overdue appointment at the local beauty salon. If your a DYI type of lady, stock up on products that will get your body back into peak presentation. It won’t only make you look better but it will put the spark back in your step. A confident lady is a sexy lady.

Hair

While you’re recreating yourself, head down to the hairdressers and, instead of getting the same haircut, go for something different. Yes, it’s brave and bold but it can also make you feel awesome. Check out the latest styles before you go in and choose something that screams sexy. It’s a great way to get maximum impact for minimal effort.

If you are getting up there in years, shortening your hair can increase your sex appeal. Long hair on older ladies can age them. Sure, it may have looked hot in your 20s and 30s but, in your 40s, it might be time to consider a change. Speak to your hairdresser about a sexy, shorter style rather than layered length. Even hubbies that prefer long hair will be pleasantly surprised at how hot their missus will look.

Nails

Having your nails done isn’t as expensive as a lot of people think. It usually lasts up to a month and when you calculate it per day, in many cases, it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee! Instead of going for a subtle, winter tone, go bright and bold. Springtime is all about colour, so why not add some to your nails? If you are a little apprehensive, nail technicians can add just a small splash of colour to the tips, which can brighten your sexy spring look.

Makeup and tanning

Makeup and tanning is a big part of being female but most men actually prefer a natural look. If you want to look sexy, keep that in mind. Don’t overcoat the tan until you’re sporting a fake orange glow. That really isn’t sexy! Use the less is more principle for tans and makeup and that’s how a sexy look is achieved.

If you are unsure of how much is too much, spend a few dollars and go to a professional. They will know which colors suit you and can help achieve that sexy look without going over the top. Being sexy is about bringing out your natural beauty, so make sure you aren’t hiding it under layers of makeup.

Wardrobe

Now, the wardrobe… You could head back into the darkness and pull out last year’s spring fashion, but why not spend a few dollars and add some of this season’s flair. Most of us have plenty we can mix and match, so add a few really well-chosen items. Don’t forget about the shoes and accessories when you think wardrobe. Handbags, jewellery and new shoes can add a new dimension to your look.

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October 5, 2014