By Amy Anderson

For a pale-skinned redhead like myself, there is nothing scarier than the thought of a bad fake tan. That is, unless you’re so into the colour blocking trend that matching the colour of your body with the colour of your hair sounds like a good idea. And if that sounds like you, all I can recommend is that you rock a bright coral lip and tangerine eye shadow whilst you’re at it.

That being said, a good tan can leave us looking great. Whilst I’m by no means an avid tanner, I do sometimes like to have a bit of colour for special occasions and nights out. In the past, I’ve always opted for a spray tan but, as these can be both costly and embarrassing to get done, I recently decided to try out some self-tanning products.

St Moriz can be found online and in many budget chemists. At less than £5 a product, it’s definitely one of the cheapest fake tan brands on the market and I was excited to give it a whirl and see how I got on. Lots of my friends that use it are constantly singing its praises and comparing it to St Tropez (which comes in several times the price for the same size of bottle/tube).

Before you self-tan, it’s SO important to exfoliate and moisturise your skin as, if you don’t, you’ll be left with streaks and uneven colour distribution. I exfoliated my skin the night before tanning using the Magnitone Pulsar and used lots of Soap and Glory Righteous Butter (£10.50) both before and after tanning.

After playing about with the St Moriz mousse and spray tans, I decided that their Wash-Off Instant Body Tan (£4.99) in Matte Medium was the best option for me as you can see the colour as soon as you apply it and it can be washed off straight away, should any disasters occur. I think this is perfect as you can put some on for a night out but then wash it off the next morning if you want.

The St Moriz Wash Off Instant Body Tan comes in a tube and has a gel-like texture which I find quite easy to work with. I apply it using the St Moriz Tanning Mitt (£2.99) in circular motions, starting at my neck and working down towards my feet. I’m always really careful when it comes to doing my ankles, knees and elbows as are notorious ‘giveaway’ areas so just lightly brush the mitt over them.

I find the colour of this tan to be fairly natural (I’m so pale I’m practically translucent so no tan ever looks natural on me so please don’t take this as too much of a negative!) and it lasts the night without rubbing off on my clothes.

I think this tan is perfect for people (like me) who are cautious of “developing tans” in case they turn out looking awful in the morning.  It’s a nice introductory tan and, once I’ve got to grips with it, I can’t wait to give the mousse another go!

Now that we’re into Spring are you going to be cracking open the fake tan or do you prefer a more natural look? Leave me a comment below or tweet us @scotcampus

For more information on St Moriz, visit stmoriz.co.uk

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