By Chere Di Boscio
I confess: fake tan was something I never thought I would apply to my skin willingly. It smelled bad – kind of like cookies laced with chemicals – and the effects ranged from Jordan’s shoe leather brown to Trump’s Oompa Loompa orange. Why on earth would I do that to myself?
So when a kind lady at a trade fair offered to ‘tan’ my arm with an organic tanning product, I was more than a little reluctant. But she was so sweet and persuasive, I gave it a go – and my world changed.
First, ‘the lady’ (who ended up being the brand owner, Noelle O’Connor) scrubbed my arm down with a slightly abrasive mitt. It felt pretty nice, actually, and it gently exfoliated my upper arm. I had no idea how much my arm actually needed that until I saw the white, powdery evidence of dead skin cells all over it (ew, I know). Then, she took another mitt that looked and felt like a plush stuffed animal, dabbed a bit of cream on it, and ‘tanned’ my arm.
There was no scent, good or bad, as far as I could tell. So far, so good. I was told it would take some time to develop, so I chatted to Noelle for a bit.
The Long Road to Development
Turns out she spent years developing her eco-certified self-tan, is the first of its kind. She sought to create a product that was free of toxic chemicals, artificial fragrances and GMOs. Whilst fake tanning may be better than sunning yourself for hours, it’s still not good for your health, given all the chemical crap it’s normally loaded with. ‘Natural fake tan’ may be an oxymoron, but it’s now a cosmetic reality: organic extracts of sugar beets blended with caramel colouring work together in TanOrganic to naturally tan your skin over seven hours.
It’s a great concept, but Noelle and TanOrganic really entered the public realm when she was a contestant on Britain’s Dragon Den TV show, where she wowed viewers and judges with her innovative product. Today, TanOrganic is available to buy in 19 countries globally.
I didn’t need to wait seven whole hours to get some results from my TanOrganic application – after my chat with Noelle, it was clear that one arm (untanned) looked like it belonged to a corpse: the skin tone was uneven and pasty, veins were notable and the skin was dry. The ‘tanned’ arm, though, was simply glowing. The shade was a bit like very light brown sugar, and my skin looked fresher, younger, and far healthier. I was a convert! I must have sounded a bit nuts, exclaiming all over the place about ‘what a difference it made’ and ‘how incredible it looks’. Passersby must have thought the whole thing was staged, I was so enthusiastic! But it wasn’t – and by the way, this article is 100% unsponsored. I’m just seriously, genuinely impressed by the results I got with TanOrganic.
Get The Look
To do this right, you need to first exfoliate really well – especially dry bits like elbows, knees and knuckles. Then, apply the tan with the lovely mitt.
Remember to ask a friend to help you if possible, especially on the back. Check hard to reach areas in a mirror so that nothing is missed – common streaking areas are the backs of the legs and arms. Allow the tan to dry and if you have missed any areas, you can easily blend in any lines.
Next, move to the arms and in the same fashion as the legs, apply the tan in circular motions along the back of the arms and over the shoulders. Apply most of the tan to the outside of the arms and leave the left over for the insides; this will give you a natural looking tan but pay particular attention to the elbows and do not use too much tan as it will build up and this is a tell tale sign of a bad tan.
Now you can work on your hands and feet; using the left over tan on the glove, apply the tan ensuring you run between the fingers and toes – do not apply to the palms of your hands or soles of your feet. Make sure there is no build up and when you are done, wipe the palms of your hands, fingernails and toenails with a baby wipe.
Moving finally to the face and neck. You may want to try TanOrganic’s self-tanning oil here. There’s no need for the glove, just apply some to your hands and apply like any other facial oil. When you’re done, clean your palms and nails with soap and water or a baby wipe.
When you’re finished, check in a mirror for any lines that may not have been blended in. If you find any lines, just add a bit of Oil Arganic to the glove and blend them in. It takes 6 to 8 hours to develop fully but it’s best to leave it overnight. When trying TanOrganic for the first time, try out 1, 2 and 3 layer applications to determine which shade you prefer.
Once your tan has dried, don’t worry about staining clothes or bedsheets – it won’t happen. Do avoid tight fitting clothes, though, as this will allow your tan to develop evenly as tight fitting clothes may remove the product and lead to an uneven tan. The colour will last 5 to 7 days and fade perfectly as long as you moisturise daily with Oil Arganic. Oils are far better for moisturizing, as they are absorbed instantly into the skin unlike water-based moisturizers, which can evaporate and lead to dry skin. Voila! Now you’re ready to get glowing this summer.
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