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My Favourite Tanning Essentials

Hello cupcakes, long time no see, I have had basically a whole week off blogging as I was verrrry busy doing lots of personal things & celebrating my birthday a week early with all my friends. I've had a really fun week off blogging, but I have been itching to get back into action all weekend, so here I am! Today's post is all about fake tanning, and my favourite products to achieve a nice, natural tan. I HATE sun beds, although I have been known to use them about 6 years ago, I think that these days you can achieve a just as good tan without the HUGE risk of skin cancer.

PREP YOUR TAN - The first thing you should ALWAYS do before tanning is exfoliate, exfoliate, EXFOLIATE. The two products I use to achieve smooth skin is Original Source Daily Scrub in Blood Orange, Tesco WAS £2.70 NOW £1.35 and Boots Exfoliating Gloves, Boots £2.69
The Original Source product is literally one of the best scrubs I have tried in a really long time. It's made from 100% natural resources and isn't tested on animals, which is something I am really passionate about. The scent is unreal, it's so rich and zesty, the perfect smell to wake you up in the morning. I usually scrub this into my entire body for about 7-8 minutes and more thoroughly on my knees and elbows to make sure that any dead skin is eliminated. 
I love the Boots exfoliating gloves SO MUCH! I use them pretty much every day and I am noticing the difference in my skin, I probably have to replace them every 3 months so they're really long lasting too, which is great. I usually wait 2 hours after exfoliating before you tan your skin. 

TANNING - Once you have exfoliated and let your skin rest for a couple of hours you are ready to tan! I swear by 2 products to get the best tan I have EVER had - St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse in Medium, Amazon £2.99 & Glove Your Body Tanning Mitt, GloveYourBody.com £14.30 *.
St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse is the only tanning product I have honestly got on with, considering how cheap it is compared to your high end tanning mousses. You can buy it in a medium and dark, it glides on so evenly and spreads so well, I have never used a better tan. I would say a bottle would last me (I tan once a week), 3-4 weeks, which I think is absolutely brilliant. St Moriz has a high quality finish at the fraction of the price and I have never met anybody that hasn't got on with it. 

The Glove Your Body Tanning Mitt was sent to me a few weeks ago and I was so excited to use it. I absolutely hate the cheap, sponge tanning mitts you can buy in drugstores, I don't get on with them. They fall off, soak up 50% of the tanning mousse you apply, smell terrible after a few applications and inevitably rip after a month. So when I was sent this by the lovely people at www.gloveyourbody.com it was like a breath of fresh air for my relationships with tanning mitts. It has a leopard print design, which honestly, I absolutely HATE. Leopard print is so tacky and I really, really don't like it. It's best feature is the glove element inside that allows grip for your fingers and ensures the glove stays on, I love this idea and it really works to keep the mitt on whilst you vigorously spread your tan. You can also machine wash this mitt and the high quality material stays as fresh as the day you bought it. As for tanning, the mitt spreads my fake tan so evenly and barely soaks up any tan due to the fabrics on the outside being quite fleecy. I can't really fault the quality of this tanning mitt at all, the only criticisms I have are the leopard print and the price. I probably wouldn't spend nearly £15 on a tanning mitt because I don't tan very often at all, although if you're a tan-aholic, I would recommend buying this mitt, the quality of the fabric and the fact it's machine washable would save you a hell of a lot of money in the long run. 

That's all for my favourite tanning essentials, I hope you've enjoyed this post! Leave me a comment below if you love or hate any of these products I have used and tell me what are YOUR essential tanning products! 

* Product was sent to me for review

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