Tan Extenders - Lips So Facto

Tan Extenders

0 Posted by - October 25, 2013 - Body Skincare, Skincare

In the depths of winter I’m happy to embrace a slightly washed out complexion; it seems like a fair trade for huge scarves, snow days and mulled wine. Until then I’m all for hanging on to the last of a summer glow without resorting to endless, biscuit-y fake tan applications….and here’s how I’ve been attempting it.

Exfoliating is generally recommended before hitting the beach (well protected with sun lotion, obviously) and discouraged when you want to hold on to a tan. However I find using a very gentle body scrub once or twice a week can keep the dullness of drier skin at bay, leaving limbs looking tanned for longer. I’ve been using Clinique Sparkle Skin*, which admittedly doesn’t smell great – so much so that I didn’t touch it for a good month or two. Anyone who has had orthodontics of any kind will recognise the smell as the paste they use to make moulds of your teeth, but thankfully it doesn’t linger and the results are worth it. The particles are finely milled, so it thoroughly but gently exfoliates whilst offering a bit of a circulation boost.Newly sloughed skin needs a dose of moisture, but I’m both fussy and lazy with body lotions. I’ve found three that pass my test for efficacy and non-greasy texture; Emma Hardie Super Rich Body Butter* (the same beautiful smell as the balm cleanser with a lavish texture that keeps dull shins at bay), Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream* (sinks in rapidly to damp skin and, as usual with Pai, is formulated with a discerning ingredients list making it ideal for sensitive skin) and, probably my favourite of the bunch, Orico Superico Omega Rich Body Oil* (a blend of 60% organic oils including rosehip and flaxseed, disappears into the skin as quickly as a dry oil but leaves the skin feeling more nourished and lightly spa-scented).

Whilst the point was to avoid reaching for the fake stuff, my face loses any semblance of tan much more quickly than my body. To balance things out without the commitment (or risk!) of fake tan, I dab a few drops of Dr Hauschka Bronze Concentrate onto the high points of my face at the same time as my foundation and blend them together with a buffing brush. I’ve found this offers a little more control and a more natural result than mixing the products together before applying. If I’m skipping base, I just rub a pump between my hands and press into moisturised skin, again focusing on the highest points. The incredibly light, liquid formula disappears into the skin and it’s a great match for my natural tan. It is a makeup product, so will come off when you cleanse, but it’s foolproof and versatile enough to use anywhere. In fact I saw this recommended for guys in a magazine a couple of weeks ago – it looks that natural.

*PR samples


  • Michelle Glassow Schroll October 25, 2013 - 8:08 am Reply

    I wish I could get a tan :)


  • liza prideaux October 25, 2013 - 8:12 am Reply

    Oh I’m all about extending the tan! Fab post lovely
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  • Emma Be Beauty October 25, 2013 - 8:41 am Reply

    I’m going to try that Dr. Hauschka concentrate looks really interesting.


  • Talisa Lauren Tossell October 25, 2013 - 11:10 am Reply
  • krystel October 25, 2013 - 11:25 am Reply

    Wow amazing picks here love the sound of the Emma Hardie Body Butter <3


  • roshkud October 25, 2013 - 12:31 pm Reply

    Great post! :) For some strange reason I’ve found my tan has lasted so much longer than usual! I think its to do with how well I’m exfoliating and moisturising my skin :)

    Roshni’s Journey

  • sandratheblackpearl October 25, 2013 - 2:59 pm Reply

    I adore the Dr Hauschka Bronze Concentrate. It looks so natural and gives a beautiful bronzed glow. Perfect for those who don’t use fake tan, but want a bit of colour on their face :)

  • Annie October 26, 2013 - 12:51 am Reply

    I don’t have to hold onto a tan because I barely tan at all :)

    Annie | http://www.raspberphobia.com

  • yasmine October 26, 2013 - 2:24 pm Reply

    can i follow you via email also do you still make videos on youtube used to watch them before

  • Meg October 26, 2013 - 2:42 pm Reply

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  • Jennifer Monforton October 26, 2013 - 3:20 pm Reply

    Ooh, nice picks! I love Dr. H. products and that Clinique scrub is great :)

  • Niamh October 26, 2013 - 5:41 pm Reply

    My skin often has that “washed out look”, as I’m so pale and I rarely get a colour in the summer either. These tips will definitely come in handy. Great post :)

  • Gloria October 27, 2013 - 11:59 am Reply

    oh no, i have a similar hair cut now and wanted to watch your tutorial again, but now its private/deleted :(. do you plan to make a new hair tutorial or youtube videos in general again in the future?

  • anonymous October 27, 2013 - 5:46 pm Reply

    why is this Video private?

  • Devin October 28, 2013 - 2:59 am Reply

    I just wanted to say: I think the editing and production for this vid is fantastic! Not something I expect to notice when I’m browsing youtube makeup tutorials (which is why I felt moved to comment!) ;)

    In particular – the bits where you demonstrate a product or technique, and have the voiceover going – I really enjoyed what’s happening with the cuts and timing for these parts.

    You’ve got a great natural sense of style, girl. Brava!

  • Sylvia October 29, 2013 - 9:12 am Reply

    Mmmm that Pai Cream sounds lush!


  • Marleen November 6, 2013 - 7:29 am Reply

    I love the Dr Hauschka products. You should try their Rose day cream!


  • Victoria January 2, 2014 - 10:29 pm Reply

    I can’t see the video anymore.

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