I always shave the day before I apply the products, as I think it's too much aggravation for the skin to cope with at the same time. I've been using Gillette Venus (£7.49) and it's so much better than any other razor I've ever used. I know... how can I rave about a razor? It has gel bars that glide on smoothly and it never irritates my skin. No more cuts or that horrible burning feeling after shaving.
The next day I start by scrubbing my body. It's essential to get rid of the dead skin, otherwise the product may look patchy and streaky. I've been loving Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish (£32). It's a fine sugar with rose extract. Smells lovely and leaves your skin feeling so hydrated, sometimes I don't even feel the need to moisturise afterwards. I apply just before jumping into the shower, when my skin is still dry. The texture is rough at first but the grains start to breakdown and turn into a smooth consistency. It's a very good way to stimulate the circulation. Such a luxurious product!
I sometimes alternate it with Palmer's Cocoa Body Scrub (£4.99). It contains pure cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E and natural crushed cocoa beans, which moisturise and polish the skin. And I suppose I don't need to mention how chocolatey it smells, do I? ;-)
Finally, I apply Palmer's Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser (£5.49). The chocolatey smell on this one does turn a little biscuity after a while, as most tanning products do, but I find it very mild. It doesn't bother me at all. Really good and affordable.
Recently, I also started using Nip + Fab Body Glow Fix (£9.95 at lookfantastic or a travel size with the Cosmopolitan Magazine that is out now for £3.70). This is a fast drying tanning gel that disappears on the skin almost immediately, without leaving any stickiness behind. It gives you a golden glow within 4 hours. It's easy to apply and can be used both on the face and body. It's got white tea to brighten the skin and Vitamin E to moisturise. The smell is very subtle. I have only been using this for a week now but I'm already in love!
Even though August rain and strong winds are here to remind us that summer is nearly over in the UK, I think there's still some time left to enjoy short dresses and look our best.
What's your tanning routine? X