Today I am telling you about what I think is the perfect combination for preparing the skin for fake tan. These two also work great together in between tan application to remove any leftover patches from the last tan application and prepare the skin for the next application. Many of us only turn our attention to fake tan in summer but I find I like a light tan now at the weekends if I’m planning on heading out, to help cover the blue look and warm my skin up a bit. I just want to look like I have a healthy glow instead of my usual winter deathly pallor so it’s important that even a light tan looks natural instead of streaky and patchy. My current favourite choice of tan is Cocoa Brown 1 Hour tan. I use the dark on my legs if I plan on bearing them and the original everywhere else. I usually put this on at night and wash it off in the morning; it doesn’t continue developing after three hours so after a shower in the morning to wash off the guide colour, I’m left with the perfect light tan for me. It fades nice and evenly throughout the week before I need to scrub off anything that remains to prep for the next application.

Soap & Gory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub is brilliant at removing any leftover tan. It contains smashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia grains. It’s a really good scrub that leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. It’s one of those scrubs that moisturises your skin as it exfoliates. I don’t have dry skin so I don’t feel the need to moisturise after this scrub but I do anyway because I want that extra luxurious feeling and I want to make sure my skin is in tip top shape for applying tan.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter is a seriously moisturising body butter. Containing Shea butter and aloe vera, it leaves my skin feeling amazing. It also smells delicious. After using these two together, my skin feels amazingly smooth and silky.

I usually use these two a day or two before applying fake tan. Moisturiser blocks fake tan from working so I don’t think the tan would develop evenly right after using the scrub and body butter with all the rich moisturising ingredients in them. I think it’s better to have a shower just using a normal cleanser in between using these two and applying fake tan. I also think fake tan develops more evenly if it’s applied a good while after showering. I usually shower in the morning and then apply tan that night.

What products do you use to prepare your skin for fake tan?



I’ve been a bit lazy when it comes to applying fake tan lately, in fact Cocoa Brown is the first home fake tan I’ve applied since last summer. I’ve been embracing the pale. Well it’s now that time of year when we start to peel back the layers and show some skin. With Irish bloggers giving so much love to the Irish brand Cocoa Brown, my interest was peaked and I decided to give it a try.


The Interesting thing about this tan is that it can develop in as little as one hour. One hour gives a light tan, two for medium and after three hours it’s developed to its darkest. However, you can leave it on overnight and shower in the morning (which is what I do) and it is fine to use your normal body wash. Now Fake Bake released a one hour tan last year, but it is recommended that you rinse it off without any soaps after no longer than three hours so you still pong after your shower. The Fake Bake tan is a very runny liquid, that is impossible not to make a mess with, and the stale biscuit smell is quite strong. The Cocoa Brown offering is a tinted mousse that is very easy to work with. It recommends that you use a mitt to apply and having used my bare hands the first time I also strongly urge you to use a mitt. The quick drying formula means your hands will stain quickly and it is then difficult to remove. It is so quick drying that you could nearly get dressed as soon as you’re finished applying but I like to wait a few minutes, to be sure to be sure. There is still a slight stale biscuit smell but nowhere near as bad as most other tans I’ve tried.

Other plus points are that it’s only €7.99 and it fades quite evenly and naturally rather than patchy and blotchy. The perfumed scent that you get when applying is nice and the pump makes for easy dispensing. I can’t be dealing with fumbling with a fussy bottle when trying to get an even application before the tan starts drying.

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Before, After

Now for those of you who like a dark tan in one application, this is not for you. This gives a subtle glow even after leaving overnight. It is perfect for those who just want to lose the blue hue. I would say it’s ideal for anyone new to fake tan as there is no fear of the tangoed effect and since the colour is light, mistakes won’t be too obvious. It is buildable with repeat applications, but I haven’t tried this myself so I can’t tell you how it comes out. The subtle warm glow from one application is perfect for me for this time of year as I feel a dark tan would be a bit too unnatural looking. I’ve used it from head to toe twice now and there still seems to loads left in the can. I really like this so when it’s gone I will be repurchasing as it’s a good tan and its good value.