30, 08, 2017
It could be me but the transition from summer to fall can be a bit of a weird time. Factoring in that generally I’m no longer someone who stands out in the sun for long periods of time—plus having a very strange and late start to summer this year in my city hasn’t left a trace of a deep tan, so I’ve relied a lot on self-tanners to kick up my summer glow.
As I’ve mentioned it about a million times before of being on the route to a more natural beauty, I also like my tans to look as natural as possible. Cocoa Brown recently launched their products in Canada and were kind enough to send over their 1 Hour Tan Mousse to try out. I received the Dark shade, and I’ve got to admit I do love a dark tan since I’m very much an island girl deep down. Perhaps I initially went in with too many high expectations as someone who started off from a natural light/medium skin tone because it didn’t get me as dark as I thought I would get—just like when I use my favourite self-tanners—as they instantly get me to the shade I want to be with one application. As I say this you would’ve thought that I’ve dismiss Cocoa Brown’s 1 Hour Tan Mousse already, but I’ve actually grown to love it.
Unlike my other favourite self-tanners, it’s easy to build-up within a few days of the next application without getting splotchy, and when it does fade it doesn’t fade patchy like other self-tanners tend to do. I also love the fact that a tan develops between 1-3 hours. With the first use I left it on for 2 hours, then 4 days later I left it on for 1 hour, and it got me to the colour that I ideally like to be in the summertime. If I were to keep going to achieve a darker shade, I believe it would became a beautiful olive-brown shade on my skin.
Use a washcloth or body scrub to exfoliate your skin prior to applying any self-tanner. Using an exfoliating product will help to remove dead skin cells so that skin is smooth and tanner won’t cling on weird to any dryness on places such as elbows, knees and ankles.
2.Dry + Moisturize.
After towel drying your skin completely dry, you’ll need to add some moisture back into your skin before you apply self-tanner. Dab a lightweight body lotion around places you’re prone to dryness such as your knees, elbows, and ankles.
3.Apply in sections.
Focus on one part at a time by apply self-tanner in sections—such as legs, then arms, followed by your torso. Using a tanning mitt or a large kabuki brush, massage self-tanner into your skin in a circular motion to avoid any streaking.
Less is more when it comes to your face. Dab a dime size amount onto your tanning mitt—or better yet—on a kabuki brush for more control, and work in sections around your face again for an even and natural application. Avoid putting too much product around your nose and around your lips since these areas pick up more colour and may end up looking darker because they tend to be drier places on your face.
5.Wrists & Ankles.
Pay close attention when blending out self-tanner on your wrists and ankles since these are areas that are most prone to getting streaky when not blended very well. Never add more product to your mitt when doing so—rather just blend out what product you have on your arm or legs and use what’s already leftover on your mitt to blend everything together.
6.Dilute when needed.
Diluting areas such as your joints (knees, ankles, and elbows), will help to make your self-tan look a lot more natural. These areas can easily get dry so even mixing in a dab of lotion can help ease the pigment of the tanner.
Give your skin at least 10 minutes to dry before getting dressed again so that you don’t end up damaging any of your clothing. While dress, it’s best to stick with loose dark clothing, and try your best to not be active to prevent sweating the products off.