HOW-TO: GET A SUMMER GLOW

Over the years having a healthy glow has become part of my summer prep. I’ve tested tonnnss of options in the sunless self-tanner game and have only finally found my perfect match. It was a long, messy, streaky road but now that I’ve got it right I can stick with it and build my colour gradually as the weather continues to get better.

A few of my friends had highly recommended Bali Body to me but aside from the attractive branding/packaging I didn’t know much about them. Based out of Australia, they know a thing or two about self-tanners and have dedicated themselves to providing sun seekers with great smelling products derived from natural and nourishing ingredients.

If you are new to Bali Body too, I want to introduce you to the 3 products that have changed my tanning game. Scroll down to get the low-down on my new faves:

  • BB Cream: a multitasking beauty cream that combines hydrating skincare benefits to protect, correct and perfect the skin. This stuff is magic and by far my favourite bb cream to-date. It’s lightweight formula goes on creamy with a tint of colour and loaded with spf15 to protect your skin and give it a real dewy glow that always looks natural, not overdone.
    When to use: I use this pretty much everyday after my primer. I don’t like to wear foundation unless I have to so I’ll take care of the few scars/imperfections with a small dab of foundation but lean on this bb cream to handle the rest.
  • Bronzing Lotion: This antioxidant-rich moisturizer will provide a hint of tint while smoothing the skin with Vitamin E + natural oils. Depending on what I’m doing I’ll start with a light base and then build on it if I want to go darker. I’ll use this on date nights (or any day) when I want to take my bronze up a notch for an instant summer glow.
  • Shimmering Body Oil: a luxe multi-purpose hydrating body oil with a hint of bronze. I’m not super into spray tans or even many self-tanning products because I know most of them are made with chemicals. As I’ve gotten older the idea of piling garbage on my skin/body repeatedly seems pretty dumb. Obviously you can’t avoid everything but if I can find a better alternative I’ll go that route. Having plant-based products I can trust to work every time has been a total game-changer. The shimmering body oil does have a bit of a tint but ultimately gives your skin a beautiful bronze sheen that’s especially pretty after dark.

Hope that answers some of your self-tanning Q’s for now!

Photography: Melissa Skoda

 

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