By on May 11, 2017, in Beauty Knowledge Center, Skincare, Soft Surroundings

Summer is around the corner and pretty soon it will be time to trade pale winter skin for a natural, sunkissed glow. Soft Surroundings has partnered with self tan expert Alyson Hogg, founder of the organic luxury tanning brand Vita Liberata, to help you glow just in time for tanning season. Follow these 5 easy tips for creating the most natural and long-lasting tan with Vita Liberata best-seller pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse. Get ready to glow…no damaging sunrays required!


TIP 1: EXFOLIATE FOR A SMOOTH APPLICATION. One of the most essential steps in achieving your ideal bronze is to prep the skin the day before tanning with a thorough scrub. To get a flawless finish with Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse, choose a scrub that is not oil based as this can leave a residue on the skin, meaning your tan may not develop properly. “Pay special attention to the driest parts of your body like the elbows, knees, and ankles. Without exfoliation, these areas tend to over develop and that can result in an uneven finish”, says Alyson.

TIP 2: GROOM AHEAD. Once you have super soft skin, be sure to also remove any unwanted body hair before applying the tan. Be aware that certain shaving creams may contain ingredients that can compromise the lasting power of your tan, so choose a product that’s free from essential oils as these can break down the tanning actives. Waxing or shaving after you have tanned may result in an uneven color finish as these treatments can remove the top layer of the epidermis, which may affect your gorgeous glow!


On the day of your self-tan don’t wear perfumes or deodorant and avoid moisturizers for up to 24 hours before. Your pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan is packed full of hydrating ingredients, so no need to moisturize, plus it will develop into the most radiant glow when applied directly to your skin. What’s more, this incredibly lightweight mousse works with your skin’s own pH to develop into a natural bronze with almost no dry time, so you can tan and go! For the most even result, avoid wearing tightly fitting garments immediately after your application.

. For the best results, Alyson suggests pairing up the pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse with two hard-working helpers.
1. Apply pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse with Vita Liberata’s Tanning Mitt. Pump the mousse onto the mitt and then squeeze your hand to distribute the product evenly. Then simply apply all over your body with long circular motions. Use sparingly on hands, feet, knees, and elbows. Alyson recommends to leave these areas for last, squeezing the mitt to extract the remainder of the mousse. “I promise there will be enough mousse left for the perfect hand tan!” says Alyson.
2. To get the most natural finish after application, use a baby wipe or moist cloth in between your fingers to remove any excess tan, as well as on your knuckles, wrists, elbows, and ankles to avoid development of areas that do not naturally tan at the beach. “Having browned wrists and dark knuckles is a telltale sign of a faux tan,” says Alyson. “pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse has been developed in a weightless mousse formula for ease of application, but the secret to a truly flawless tan is taking a moment to blend and perfect” she adds.


TIP 5: NOURISH & MAINTAIN YOUR GLOW. Your gorgeous tan will thank you with 4X the lasting power of your usual tan with a few simple steps.
1. Be sure to re-apply pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan 2 to 3 times over the next 12-36 hours to maximize the life of your tan. After each application, wait 4-8 hours for tan to develop before coming into contact with water, and then rinse the guide color off with water only. “Avoid using soap and in-shower moisturizers, as these can contain oils which may compromise the development of the tan,” says Alyson.
2. pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is formulated with natural extracts and moisture lock technology for up to 72 hours of hydration for the skin. To further extend the life of your tan, continue to moisturize daily, with a non-oily moisturizer such as our Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion. This super hydrating daily lotion has a hint of tan to keep your glow looking fresh!

Like all good things, perfecting your glow requires practice. So, follow these tips from Vita Liberata, stock up on your tanning essentials and you’ll be on your way to the most pHenomenal, natural looking glow!