All You Need To Know About Self Tanning…

Self Tanning products can leave you feeling a little nervous and with so many options available, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. So, whether you are a first time self tanner or a pro, I’m here to help you discover all you need to know…

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The One Hour Self Tan Tinted Lotion… This tan is perfect for those of you who are short of time and don’t want to sit around, waiting for your tan to develop. You can shower after just one hour and watch your tan develop further over the next 1-4 hours. Leaving you with a gorgeous light to medium tan. Depending on skin tone, results may vary.

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Gradual Glowing Self Tan… This is perfect for enhancing your tan or creating one. It gradually builds up the colour as desired. If you like your tan a little darker, then this one can be re-applied. It also contains an anti-cellulite formula, which helps to tone and smooth the skin! I really love this product and personally, this is my favourite as you can build up the colour to get your desired result!

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Q10 Self Tan Tinted Mist… This is a brilliant product for topping up your tan and is a “spray tan in a can”. It provides instant colour when you need it and takes up to 8 hours to fully develop. With a 360° nozzle, it makes it really easy to apply. Simply hold the can 15-20cm away from the body and spray, allow to dry before dressing. This is another real favourite of mine, it’s quick, easy and no mess! This can also be re-applied to create a darker looking result.

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Deep Self Tan Lotion… This one has a strong instant guide colour, making it really easy to apply. It develops within 8 hours and once it’s been washed off, you will be left with flawless, deep rich colour. I would recommend this one for darker skin tones or if you like a medium to dark tan.

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Q10 Bronzing Mousse… Like many of the products within the range, this one is an award winner! This is a dark tan mousse again with a visible guide colour for easy application. It will begin developing within 2-4 hours and should be rinsed off after 8 hours. As with the Deep Self Tan Lotion, I would recommend this one for darker skin tones that like a richer, deeper looking tan.

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Finally, I would always recommend using Sienna X Secret Tan Primer and Luxury Tanning Mitt when applying any self-tanning product. The Primer needs to be applied to hands, elbows, knees and ankles along with any other dry areas to ensure you create a natural looking tan. The Tanning Mitt helps to create a flawless and streak free application and avoids your palms being left with a tan!

If you would like any additional information about any of the range, or you would like some tips on using any of these products at home, then I would love to hear from you, simply leave me a comment below or pop over to my Facebook page.

Happy Tanning!

Love,

Nina x

How To Glow With Confidence On Your Wedding Day

Bridal Tanning Tips

I think every Bride deserves to look and feel beautiful on one of the most special days of her life and I genuinely believe that a subtle glow really does complete a bridal look.

For me, the ultimate bridal tan should be flawless, timeless and beautifully enhance their natural skin tone. It’s such a privilege to create a tan like this and whenever I meet a bride I like to gain as much information as possible, in order for me to create the perfect tan for them. With that in mind, here are my top bridal tanning tips for all of you beautiful Brides-to-be…

Your First Tanning Appointment…

On your first tanning appointment, it’s all about the consultation. I love to hear all about your dress, how much of your skin will be on show and your colour scheme. My most popular tan for brides is the Sienna X 6% Touché De Soleil. It gives a gorgeous light, natural glow and works beautifully on pale skin tones.

I do sometimes opt for a slightly darker shade, but this is only usually if the natural skin tone is darker or I’m choosing to accentuate certain areas such as cheekbones or the décolletage.

After this initial appointment, I advise my brides to take a daily selfie in natural daylight to see which day they prefer the colour on. Most of my brides often prefer day two, this then ensures that when it comes to tanning them for the actual wedding day, they feel at their best… Confidence is key.

Your Second Tanning Appointment…

This is where I focus more on the feedback from your initial tanning appointment . Many brides often like to book their Make-Up trials for after this date, this then gives them a really clear idea of how they will look on their big day. A spray tan is the perfect primer for your Make-up to be applied to, and works particularly well for brides who wear minimal make up day-to-day.

Your Final Tanning Appointment…

Your final appointment will take place a day or two before your wedding day. At this point, all of your arrangements will be done, allowing you to enjoy your treatment with a glass of Prosecco.

We will also discuss your honeymoon plans, Brides who are going away straight after their wedding often like to take a Gradual Self Tan to prolong the life of their tan, others who are going away at a later date like to use Radiance Body Balm in order to keep their skin nourished and get the most from their colour.

Which ever shade you choose, I hope you have the most amazing wedding day and create memories you will treasure for years to come.

Love,

Nina x

How To Look After Your Skin This Winter…

In the Winter months we can often neglect our skin care regime, mainly because we spend most of our time covering it up until the Spring. However, with the change in temperatures, it really is even more important to keep our skin hydrated. Therefore I thought I would share some top tips and some amazing products for keeping your skin happy and healthy this Winter…

After a long day at work, there’s no better treat than a nice long soak in the bath. Try to keep the water on the warmer side, rather than to hot, as to much hot water can dry your skin out.

It’s also really important to remove dead skin cells to, this helps keep skin looking and feeling at its best. I personally love “Body Smooth” by Tropic and would say to use this or a similar product at least once or twice a week.

Another firm favourite of mine is “Body Love” also from Tropic. It smells like Lemon Meringue Pie and just melts into your skin. This moisturiser can be used all over the body and works wonders for enhancing the appearance of skin as well as keeping it hydrated.

Even though the Winter months will make you feel less thirsty, it’s just as important to drink plenty of water. This not only greatly improves the appearance of skin, it also helps reduce fatigue, flush out toxins and improve your mood.

Whenever we head outside, we all naturally wrap up, however one area that is always exposed is our face. Therefore I would always recommend protecting your skin with an SPF Moisturiser, Foundation and Lip Balm. Just because we can’t feel the warmth of the sun, the harmful rays of UVA and UVB are still there.

If you would like to find out more more about Tropic Skincare, then feel free to head over to their website; www.tropicskincare.com where you can discover all of the wonderful products on offer. (I’m not an affiliate for the brand, I just really enjoy using products that work)

I hope you have found this useful and as always, if you have any questions or little gems to share of your own for happier, healthier skin then I would love to hear from you. You can contact me via email; nina@bebeautifulhairandbeauty.co.uk or by popping over to my Facebook page.

Until next time, here’s to an amazing month and taking care of ourselves…x

Love,

Nina x

Photo Credit: Tropic Skincare.