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To Tan or Not To Tan? That is the (Winter) Question
Wed, 27 June 2012 8:49AM
Last weekend, I went out on Saturday night. This is not out of the ordinary. However the Saturday night in question was particularly Baltic in Sydney. It was around eight degrees when I (obsessively) checked the Bureau of Meteorology app on my phone as I was heading out.
Now, I don’t know whether it was the fact I’d kicked off the evening at a screening of Snow White and the Huntsman starring a very pale and lovely looking Kristen Stewart:
Or, whether it was the single-digit temperature. However, when I hit the bar after the movie, I was shocked by how much skin was on show. Very, very tanned skin.
When it comes to Saturday-night dressing, Primpers, I am well aware that pretty much anything goes. Wanna wear a backless mini dress? Do it. Sequinned shorts? OK. But what happens when it’s so cold that there’s absolutely no possible way you could be “naturally” super bronzed. (Not that I’d ever, ever suggest naturally tanning. But, you know what I mean.)
Do you think that, come the cold weather, we should be toning down the tan? Maybe switching from a super-dark spray to a more-natural mousse? Trading a double coat of cream to a buildable body moisturiser with a hint of tint?
Obviously this is a polarizing topic. Saturday night was a case in point. But I’m going to put myself out on a limb and say, I think so, yes. Even just a touch. You?
However, I won’t go so far as to say you should skip the maintenance all together. Clubs are heated, bars are boiling, even restaurants have their thermostats right up. There’s still going to be skin on show. All I’m saying is, trade the tandoori for a little “lit from within” glow, you know?
If you do want to take it down a notch, but wouldn’t consider putting the fake tan on, ahem, ice for winter, these are my tips:
1. Keep tanning your face
Well, why not? It’s fast, easy and you’ll never look washed out, no matter how bleak the day. Plus you won’t need to stand around in a freezing cold bathroom or tanning booth while you dry off if you stick to your dial only. A super-light mist of a spray such as Invisible Zinc Jet Set Tan, $24.95, from department stores, or a scant application of a cream like St. Tropez Naturals Radiance Self Tan for Face, $34.95, from Priceline, a couple of times a week will leave you glowing (just don’t forget your neck, or you’ll look a bit odd).
2. Grab a moisturiser with more
A creamy buy that will give you buildable colour over a few applications will address dry winter skin while imparting you a sexy, subtle glow. What’s not to like? Consider the nourishing Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Body Lotion, $12.95, from supermarkers or Naked Tan Goddess Glaze, $29.95, for a moisture-packed touch of radiance you don’t even have to think about.
3. Don’t forget the upkeep
Just because everything is tucked under tights and boots and coats (oh my!), doesn’t mean you should stop scrubbing and hydrating your skin. In fact, winter is precisely the time you should be increasing the pampering stakes to address the side effects of central heating and cold wind. A gentle exfoliant, such as Priori Advanced AHA Invigorating Face and Body Scrub with LCA Complex, $90, 1800 808 993, used a couple of times a week, will keep limbs in top form, while a generous helping of body cream, like Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser, $5.40, from supermarkets, after every shower will stop flakes and tightness in their tracks.
Then, if you want to bare all (or just most) come the weekend, top off your already-pretty-pampered skin with a high-shine cream with a hint of tint. I like St. Tropez Skin Illuminator in Gold, $29.95 and Le Tan Moisturising Body Bronzer, $12.99, from supermarkets. They wash right off, too.
But what are your thoughts, Primpers?
Are you still maintaining your weekly spray tanning appointment at the salon come what may?
Have you ditched any semblance of fake tanning for the next few months? Or, like me, are you just doing a sneaky bit of upkeep here and there?
Let me know your thoughts on the mid-winter tan.
Until next week,
Posted by: Emily Taylor