Heatwave in the UK.
Everything is melting. Everything is burning. We can’t remember how the weird wet thing that used to fall from the sky was called. The grass is naturally yellow, right?
The skin colour of the majority of the population is now classified as “red”.
As a pale person myself, I’ve often been asked – “Oh, but you were on holiday, why are you so white?!”. Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they’re white. 10 points for whoever gets the reference. Truth is, I’ve never been a fan of roasting myself under the sun and I kind of think that it’s a self-preservation mechanism, as my skin is very fair with plenty of freckles and moles, putting me in top of the list of species endangered by skin cancer.
Unprotected sun exposure is not good for you. Yes, some vitamin D is essential, but never ever go outside without sun screen if it’s too hot. I’m not going to go into scientific explanations about UVA and UVB, you can Google that yourself, but I will be talking about my personal attempts to not look like a white walker during the summer.
Nobody is 100% protected even if they use SPF9000 and hide in a dungeon, let’s make this clear. There are ways, however, to take care of your skin and at least try to prevent simple things like premature ageing.
I love my pale skin. I love my freckles. (My moles – not so much, but I’m stuck with them, so might as well accept them.) Sometimes, however, especially during the summer months, I do feel a bit awkward when everyone else shows up tanned and I’m pretty much the shade of an IKEA drawer unit. The white ones, you know, that every beauty blogger on Earth has.
In order to gain a tint so that people can stop asking me whether I’m feeling well, I have several trusty products, that I will be sharing with you in this post (get to da pooooint, Mell!). As I sat down to write this I actually realised they are all from the same brand – Vita Liberata. They are the first completely non-toxic brand, free from parabens, perfumes, alcohol, sulphates, silicones etc.
So, let’s begin. First! Tan with protection!
Vita Liberata Dry Marula Oil
It’s a very love-hate relationship with this product. It has SPF50, so it gives you an amazing protection – even the evil British sun cannot harm me. In the same time it acts as a gradual self-tanner, so when you keep it on your skin between 1 and 8 hours, you get a lovely lasting glow. Now the tricky part is actually surviving those 8 hours. Because this thing stains EVERYTHING! And God forbid you sweat! The moment you apply it it gives an amazing dark glow to the skin…and you can see every drop of sweat sliding down your body along with that glow. The application as well is a nightmare – I use a mitt, I’m getting better at it, but I still use it mainly if I’m tanning in the garden and away from the general public. Why do I still like the Marula oil? It doesn’t have the terrible fake tan smell and once you soldier through those 8 hours, you have amazingly hydrated skin with golden glow and a subtle tan.
That was my sun-exposure-friendly option, let’s see the ones that require 0 baking!
Invisi Foaming Tan Water
This is a new one by Vita Liberata and I got it because I’m really not a fan of staining my white clothes and sheets. I’ve used it few times so far and I’m more than happy with the result. You must use tanning mitt to apply it properly and you have to pay attention so that you don’t miss any spots (because it is…well, invisible), but generally is a very fool-proof product. The tan builds up gradually and the water sinks into the skin very quickly, so you don’t have to spend hours walking around the house, trying not to touch anything. I use it before I go to bed and so far I haven’t had any major streaks (the occasional wrist line is inevitable, but I do use tan removing wet wipes to fix that). In regards to the scent – when you’re applying it it has no smell whatsoever. As it develops, however, you can sense that typical fake tan aroma, but is not as bad as other products I’ve used. The glow on your skin is very natural, but visible and it lasts around a week, wearing off very nicely, without leaving any ugly spots. Ah, and obviously, it doesn’t transfer on to your clothes.
Okay, so we’ve covered the options where we have enough time to prepare our skin and look fabulous, but what happens if we need a last minute fix?
Vita Liberata Fabulous Instant Self Tan Illuminate Wash Off Body Bronzer
Honestly, pick shorter names, guys! This product gives a nice dark tint to your skin the moment you apply it and it looks amazingly natural. You can easily wash it off and as a bonus it actually acts as a moisturiser as it’s formulated with Melon and Raspberry extract. The super awesome thing is that it has no fake tan smell at all and also the price is quite acceptable, the downside is that you really need to exfoliate and shave well before application as it sticks to every dry patch and every little hair on your legs.
If your skin is not in the perfect condition for this product, then you need to go for the next amazing product, which is my favourite. Because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered to spend hours in the bathroom.
Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Finish
I love this. As you can see on the photo, it really blurs your skin and gives you an amazing glow – pretty much a real life Instagram filter! It applies like a dream and it stays on all day. The downside? Yeah, it transfers to clothes, but then it washes off easily. But, honestly, I can live with that. The tint that it gives the skin is so natural and amazing – it hides all blemishes, pigmentations and bumps on your legs and it literally takes 1 minute to apply.
Now that I’ve covered a good amount of products from the Vita Liberata range, I should probably mention that this post is NOT sponsored and I’ve purchased all products myself.
What are your favourite tanning products?