Despite having a fair complexion, Holly Willoughby still manages to achieve a natural looking, bronzed faux glow by using Xen Tan. Holly is just one amongst many celebs that love using Xen Tan to achieve a golden, long lasting tan with not an orange hue in sight. Mollie King, Una Healy and Lady Gaga are all big fans and we’ve been testing it out to see what all the fuss is about!
Whether your skin tone is freckly and fair or deep and olive toned, Xen Tan offer something for everyone with their light, medium and dark tanners. For the record though, I have super pale skin that never tans and I’ve been road testing Xen Tan’s Moroccan Tan and have had amazing results. It leaves even the palest of skin tones with a gorgeously subtle, bronzed glow whilst naturally darker skin tones will see the tanner adapt to suit their natural tanning levels, meaning anybody who uses this stuff will look like they’ve just stepped off a return flight from the Bahamas!
Self-tanning can be a tricky business, so here’s a step by step guide on how I’ve been getting the best results possible from Xen Tan Moroccan Tan…
1. Exfoliate and Moisturise
Before you even think about picking up that tanning mitt hop in the shower with a pair of exfoliating gloves and scrub, scrub and scrub some more with your favourite creamy shower gel. I recommend Soap and Glory’s Clean On Me (£5.50 at Boots) – it’s nice and moisturising and smells amazing!
Once you’re out of the shower it’s time to moisturise. Use a heavy duty body butter on elbows, knees and any other dry patches and a lighter lotion everywhere else. Again, I can’t recommend Soap and Glory products enough, The Righteous Butter (£10.50) and their Smoothie Star Body Lotion (£10) are the perfect prep products when you’re self-tanning. Grab a magazine and leave the moisturisers to soak in for a good 15 minutes before moving onto the next step.
Self-tanning lotions like Xen Tan Moroccan Tan are best buffed in with a tanning mitt, which you can get hold of in Boots, Superdrug and even at your local supermarket for around £3. Tanning just before bed means the colour develops overnight and you won’t have to step out of the house sporting that green-toned guide colour!
Start off by buffing in a 5p sized amount on each arm and a 10p sized amount on each leg, and just a pea sized amount for your chest and neck. See how that goes and if you find it’s not enough, apply a tiny bit more very gradually – the worst thing you can do is use too much!
Once you’re done, check the guide colour is all even in the brightest room in the house – never tan in low lighting, it’s a recipe for disaster! Pop on the least skimpy pyjamas you own (a onesie is perfect for avoiding stained bedding), and hop into bed. In the morning, rinse off the guide colour in the shower and you’ll be left with a glowing, even looking tan.
3. Maintaining your Glow
The best thing about Xen Tan products is that they fade evenly, meaning there’s no patchiness towards the end of the week. The Moroccan Tan is also lovely and moisturising, meaning that unlike a lot of mousse self-tanners it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry. The fact that Xen Tan Moroccan Tan is so low maintenance means you can get away with as little fuss as possible post tanning. However, it never hurts to use a light body lotion every time you get out of the shower to help your tan stay in tact that little bit longer!