Could it be that summer is upon us? The season to flash the flesh is well and truly approaching, which means it's time to get primped, preened and ready to bare.
First step, hair removal. Is it tmi to tell you that I can get a little lazy with this on my legs during winter? Be honest, I know I'm not the only one! I favour the convenience of a razor, although this can leave my skin feeling really irritated and it doesn't always give me a smooth finish for very long. I'm debating testing out waxing, although my ideal would be to invest in a bit of laser hair removal with somewhere like sk:n.
Now for exfoliation. I'm never sure whether to shave first, and after a bit of googling it seems that the jury's still out on this. Apparently shaving is a natural exfoliator....some people say you get a closer shave if you've exfoliated first....others advise that you'll irritate your skin if you shave after exfoliation. You tell me. In general, I don't tend to shave and exfoliate on the same day, so I'm talking exfoliators in general here. I love the Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub (review here) but also find that putting on an exfoliating glove and using it with a creamy body wash does the job rather well too.
Moisturiser is where I have an abundance of products. I don't want to teach anybody to suck eggs here....you all know the importance of moisturising! Especially if you're fake tanning, moisturiser is key to prolonging that tan for as long as possible. How you choose to do it is a personal thing....body butters, lotions, dry oils....you name it, I've got it! I'm loving the Vaseline Spray & Go in Cocoa Radiant for a quick step in my morning routine.
Finally, tan! Another point up for debate is whether to moisturise first or not. Personally I prefer not to, after being told it can create a barrier on the skin and stop the tan sinking in as well. Instead, I like to spot-moisturise (as it were) and apply it only to drier areas like my knees, ankles and elbows. I apply using a mitt and wipe a little of the tan across my hands before finishing with hand cream to blend it all in. My tan of choice right now? The L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Intense Elixir. You apply it every night for 3 nights and you're left with a tan that should last for 2 weeks. This wasn't the case for me, but I've found that 2 applications gives you a fairly decent colour that doesn't wear off too horrendously.
How do you tan?