Golden Delicious

Here’s a couple of tanning products that I’ve been using recently. It’s a pretty basic routine but it works well and doesn’t leave me with the dreaded ‘Essex’ look – yey!

The first product I use is the St Tropez Bronzing mousse which I use on my body. I haven’t tried many self-tans but I think this is a really nice product and has always worked well for me (touch wood!). It has a greeny tinge to it which means it gives an olive-toned colour rather than an orange-based one.

I do the usual routine involving exfoliating and moisturising knees and elbows before applying with a mitt. I use a cheap mitt I got from Boots by pumping the mouse one pump at a time and applying it to the skin making sure not to miss any – this is the only way it won’t be even St Tropez claim. I always make sure I blend out towards hands, feet and other areas that are normally paler too.

I’ve used St Tropez on my face lots of times with great results but I wanted to try something specially formulated for the face. The Clarins Liquid Bronze was the one everyone raved most about so that’s where I started. I’ve only used it a couple of times but so far so good. It’s buildable so you can pick how dark you want to go but it’s such a lovely natural colour that even one application gives you a glow.

This is a cream formulation that you can’t see as it goes on like you can with the St Tropez. I apply it with a cotton wool pad and it’s like wiping your face with a cleansing cream. Unlike the St Tropez you don’t need to wash this one off and can be applied under make-up whilst your tan developes over the next few hours.

I’m really happy with the combination of these two products and don’t think I’ll be changing them anytime soon. I think it always feels like such a risk to try a new tanning products so if you find something that works for you it’s a good idea to stick with it.

St Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse – £30.69 (240ml) Boots

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning for Face and Decollete – £17.50 (125ml) Boots