My Fake Tan Routine With Bondi Sands


Tanning and I have had a love/hate relationship over the last few years, as I LOVE to be tanned, but HATE tanning!! I especially hate when you have worn your tan for a few days, and you have to scrub at your skin until it's red raw to get rid of all the patches. However, over the last year or so I have developed a tanning routine that really works for me, and I don't dread picking up the tanning mitt anymore.
Bondi Sands has to be my tan of choice, it's super dark, affordable and lasts for AGES. Since using it, I've actually looked forward to tanning, rather than it being a thing of dread. So, I've decided to share with you my tanning routine and a few hints and tips i've learnt along the way.

1. Exfoliate

The first thing I do in my tanning routine is exfoliate all old tan and dry skin off my body, so I am smooth and ready for tanning. This just helps the tan to be even over my body and not stick to any patches that may be more dry and helps get rid of old tan. To exfoliate I use my loofa and Ted Baker body wash, which smells gorgeous! The loofa also helps me to make sure I scrub every part of my body, but make sure to change your loofa every few weeks, as it allows bacteria to grow. EW.
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2. Moisturise 

Moisturising really is essential for tanning, as it sticks to those dry patches of skin that are dry and cause orange patches. I concentrate mainly on my knees, elbows, hands and feet when I moisturise, as this is where my skin needs the extra moisture. The moisturiser of my choice is the Ted Baker body lotion as it has the most gorgeous scent and isn't too heavy and sticky on the skin.
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3. Tanning (the fun part!) 

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I use the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Tan, as it just gives the most amazing glow to my skin without making me look orange. This tan is the perfect shade of dark brown and makes it look like I've just come back from a holiday at the Maldives! Using a tanning mitt, I pop this all over my body in the morning and leave it on during the day to develop. So when I know I am having a day at home, I tan early in the morning and wash off before I go to bed. I often apply two coats of tan as I like my tan to be extra dark, but if you don't like to be as brown as I do, that's fine! Just apply one layer and you'll still be glowy and gorgeous!

4. Removal

This was always the dreaded part for me. It seemed to take me days to get rid of remnants of tan that were lingering, and I used to scrub my skin raw trying to get it all off. Bondi Sands released their Tan Eraser in summer last year and it's honestly a life saver. This is a creamy mouse that you rub all over your body and leave to set in for about 10-15 minutes (depending on how much tan you have on). You then scrub it off in the shower with a loofa or sponge and the tan just drops off! It's honestly amazing and has changed my tanning routine for the better, as I can now remove and put tan back on in the same day!

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Hints and Tips:

- To tan my face I mix in a little bit of tan with my moisturiser and pop it on my face with a cotton pad. This means my face doesn't look like I've dipped it in Nutella, and it also means I don't get a patchy face when my tan starts to fade!

- Tan is an excellent way to cover up acne or spot scars, so even if I'm not tanning my body I tend to use a little bit of tan of my face every few days just to cover up some of my scars that I'm self conscious about. This also means I can have more no makeup days!

- Try to always remember to use a tanning mitt so you don't get orange fingers, but if you don't have one, nail polish remover is a great way to get rid of tan on fingers. Just leave your hands to soak in a bowl of acetone nail polish remover and then wash with soap and water and your hands will be looking good as new!

- Tanning in the morning and leaving it all day is always better (in my opinion) than leaving it over night. You don't ruin any bed sheets and if you share a bed with someone they don't complain about the tan smell! My boyfriend used to make me sleep in the spare room when I'd tan because he said he couldn't stand the smell!

- Finally, try and make sure you apply your tan in daylight in front of a mirror. This way you can see if you have missed any spots so you aren't patchy. Also try and find a pal or partner that can do your back, my arms aren't long enough to reach the middle! If you don't have someone to help you, try and get one of these Bondi Sands Back Tanners, it's a lifesaver!

Thanks for reading my post on my tanning routine! If you have any questions please leave me a comment.

Lou Katherine x

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