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Hi there, I've decided to ditch the fake tan this year as it's faff I could do without (and I've never got on with those gradual tanning moisturisers). So now I need to work out what I need to do to make my natural look work for me!
My skin is pale (not quite 'blue') with freckles. It's also very dry, so I sometimes suffer with that pimply-look on my thighs and upper arms (although they can feel smooth).
Obviously good, regular exfoliation and moisturising is key - any other tips? What products would you recommend (or otherwise) to ensure soft skin and even tones on arms and legs (want to banish lizard-skin and dry, pink knees!)?
(when you're using the brush in that way it works with your circulation & helps stimulate it & encourages regeneration of cells etc as well as helping even the overall texture out, which really helps with that pimply look)!
Stay in the UK, you can probably guarantee that you won't have to worry about baring any flesh in this climate, for when the weather warms up it will rain until October, so no need to fret!
Jokes aside, I wonder about this also, every summer, but we generally only get one week where it's safe or sensible to throw out the opaques, so experience had taught me not to stress too much. I like the idea of the Boots leg makeup but fear that it will behave like a fake tan anyway and form in patches around my ankle bones.
I did use a Dove moisturizer last year that had a tiny bit of sparkle to it, not tanner, but quite nice. It didn't make me look any less pale though, so if you are going to embrace the whiteness, you might as well just throw caution to the wind and go for it, warts and all.
Don't waste any more money on body scrubs. They've never worked for me. You need to get fairly vigorous with a brush or gloves in the shower. You can pick up those cheapy gloves anywhere and foam up any old shower gel.
L'occitane do a nice 'shimmery' body moisturiser, though, for special days - it's this one. It's nice but tbh you have to look closely to see the shimmer. So I would just moisturise with Aveeno. It's the best for dry skin. There are other products but Aveeno is the best all-rounder so you may as well go straight to it!
If the weather ever does get warm enough to bare your legs, try mixing a bit of your face foundation with some body cream and applying it to your legs. That'll even out your skin without looking too fake. Otherwise, the Garnier gradual tanner in Light dries quite quickly, doesn't smell too biscuity and does a very decent and non-fake job.
This is all good advice and very reassuring! I like the idea of a moisturiser with a bit of shimmer, so thanks for that tip Curtsey - I think that'll be ideal on holiday, when I just want to have a nice warm glow, albeit slight!
I do tan a little when on hols, which is nice (I slap on good sunscreen though to avoid going pink!) but I guess if I'm going to be the palest person when I go on holiday, my skin might as well be as nice-looking as I can make it!