The difference between how a golden glow and a pasty pale complexion makes you feel is almost tangible. Although I fully embrace my natural tone, sometimes a little colour is all I need to boost my confidence and ensure that summer dress looks totally fabulous. Tanning isn’t an enjoyable pastime, but we have to put up with it if we want to embrace the golden glow; the smelly formulas, streaky finish, sticky skin and dodgy fade is just the tip of the iceberg. With a huge number of tans within my repertoire you’d expect me to be on it every other day, but realistically I usually leave tanning until there’s a big occasion or event – filling in my pale legs with a touch of wash-off colour to tide me over. However, there’s one game changing tan that I’m currently obsessed with and have barely been able to peel myself away from since I first started using it. Bondi Sands may have taken the blogging world by storm with their Liquid Gold, but in my opinion their Gradual Tanning Foam is far more worthy of a frenzy.
A rather bright pink bottle hides an innovative dual action formula that hydrates and nourishes your skin, while simultaneously providing a golden glow. What? Yep, this is a body moisturiser and gradual tan in one – but it’s in a lightweight foam formula that glides over skin and dries within seconds. There’s no sticky or damp feeling, no tackiness or waiting for it to dry, you just wack it on with a tanning mitt and within thirty seconds you’re good to go. You don’t need to worry about applying a body moisturiser because the gradual tan is enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to leave skin feeling supple and nourished; it’s a time saver that actually works! The colour result gently develops over the day to leave a very subtle shade that’s not at all streaky or patchy, just flawless and natural; if you apply it two or three days in a row you get the most gorgeous glow that people have commented on so many times it’s becoming a bit embarrassing. (Lolz.)
Because of the lightweight nature of the texture, it’s easy to wack it on and not worry about filling in every single gap – meaning it’s a simple way to add some colour for even the most tan-phobic amongst you. I’ve taken to using this every other day, with a spritz of moisture between days to keep my skin looking fab, and it’s a routine I’ve totally kept up with. (When something takes only two minutes to apply, it’s hard to not stick with it.) Over the last few weeks it’s given me a never-ending natural colour that doesn’t fade or go patchy, but just leaves me looking like I’ve spent a week at the beach. I honestly can’t recommend this enough… It’s blooming brilliant. Buy some now.
The Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam is available from Superdrug, priced £12.99. (25p from each bottle will also be donated to Marie Curie.)
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