It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, I love having soft touchable skin that looks as good as it feels. When it comes to peel off those jeans and don sundresses and shorts, I like to feel glam despite being in a dark nightmarish winter cave with no sunshine for months. No need to worry because tanned and toned skin is a bottle (or two) away.
I will always love St Tropez self tanning mousse, but I have a new self tanner that I adore. Bioderma Photoderm Self Tanner is easy to use and gradual, which means it is almost foolproof. It has built in moisturizers that condition and protect the skin, while giving it the perfect glow, with no orange and no bad smells. It actually smells soft and nice. I make sure to exfoliate, head to toe, in the shower. Then, I moisturize with one of my favourite moisturizers, and let my skin absorb it, making sure to add extra lotion on my knees, elbows, hands and feet. Then, I mist myself, head to toe, and ask my daughter to do my back and the backs of my legs. I do a little bit of blending, then let it dry while I do my hair and makeup. I will do this two or three times to get a nice glow on, then maintain with a once weekly misting.
Now that you have your tan on, lets add some glow! I have a couple products that never fail to make my skin glow.
Hampton Sun Bronze Shimmer Cooling Spray ($32 US) may be my favourite body product to date. It mists on like a dream, in a soft even mist, leaving only the softest shimmer behind. It’s full of skin-nourishing goodness as well, with aloe, chamomile, grape seed extract and vitamins A through E. And, with that heavenly Hampton Sun Privet Bloom fragrance, I feel like I’m on a east coast beach holiday with sunkissed skin, ready to break out some crisp white linen, or my favourite sundress. Seriously, this product is a must – have for all you sun goddesses (and gods!) out there.
Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of glowing skin! Seriously, this beauty line has everyone you need to get your glow on. The Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body ($78) is utter genius. It is gorgeous bronze shimmery “precious metal” cream that is basically a golden highlighter for your body. How does that work? Well, you highlight what you want to emphasize. A popular beauty trick is to add a soft line of highlighter down the bridge of the nose – this draws the eye and gives the appearance of a smaller, slimmer nose. Using shimmery body makeup the same way has been a trick photographers have used for years, and now we can do the same! Trust me – it is more subtle than it sounds, and just adds a sexy contour to your legs and/or arms. Supermodel Body has a metal applicator that rolls and cools the skin while applying a perfect amount of product on the legs. A little goes a long way, and this tube will last me ages. I blend it out a little bit and boom – I’m ready for the cat walk.
You don’t think I’d make this list and leave out Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, did you? Come on! I like the big bottle, with the spray. I think all body oil products should have sprays. It just makes application that much easier. I have been raving about the delicately scented and beautifully moisturizing Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for years. You can read about it here.
How do you like to glow?
Bioderma and Nuxe are sold at drugstores in Canada, Charlotte Tilbury is sold online and at select stores in the USA and at Holt Renfrew Toronto & Vancouver in Canada as of July 2015. Hampton Sun is available at select stores and online.