The golden hour & 5 fake tanning tips everyone should know

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Pictures taken at the best time of the day, early evening when the sun is at the perfect angle to get the best quality pictures. These are pictures from my family holiday to Portugal. I was slightly scared to upload them as bikini pics have never been my thing, even though I am away a lot, haha! I way prefer taking pictures of the scenery or other people.

In need of vitamin D

Recently I have got really into tanning. All my friends at University do the same so standing next to them on nights out and in photographs can make me feel really insecure because at the moment I am extremely pale, to the point I feel like I look ill all the time. 
I use Bondi Sands – Dark as it was recommended by my close friends as being the best one, all though it is slightly more expensive. I am now addicted!

My 5 fake tanning tips:

NUMBER 1: MAKE SURE TO SCRUB

Exfoliating before tanning is very important. It will remove the dead skin cells and create a smooth surface for you to apply the fake tan. I love to use exfoliating gloves with a Body Shop Body Scrub – which a speak about in my blog post about clearing dead skin this time of the year.

NUMBER 2: BE CLEVER WITH MOISTURE

On the day of your self tanning, try and stay clear of any sort of moisturisers. It can make your skin crack meaning the tanning will not go on smoothly and will mix in with the product. Stick to just exfoliating,

NUMBER 3: SMOOTH YOUR SKIN

Try and shave your legs/have a wax before tanning. It will leave you with super soft skin and will look even better with a tan.

NUMBER 4: START AT THE BOTTOM

The best technique is to start self tanning from the bottom of your boy to the tip. Use your mitt and rub the self tanner into your skin in circular motions, from your ankles up and work your way up to your shoulders. Save your arms and hands for last.

NUMBER 5: PRESERVE IT

With Bondi Sands, my tan lasts around a week before it starts going slightly patchy but there a measures which can be taken for it to last as long as possible. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser, not a tough exfoliator and make sure that your skin is always moisterized. When you are ready for your skin to be refreshed, exfoliate your skin and start again.

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