Winter Tan Routine: Bondi Sands Tanning Foam in Light/Medium


Today I wanted to chat about my winter tanning routine. I tend to embrace my pale skin a lot more in the winter, but for special occasions or a little confidence boost I like to apply some natural tan. For this, I use the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in the ‘Light/Medium’ colour.

In my previous tanning routine blog post, I talked about the ‘Dark’ foam, which is still my favourite in the summer time, as it gives a really lovely rich colour to the skin. I also have a comparison blog post about my favourite self-tanners which I featured Bondi Sands in – as you can tell, I am a fan!

This retails at around £15 but it is worth searching around for an offer as you can usually find it with a discount somewhere. I find that a bottle will last me a pretty long time so that is an added bonus.



So to prep my skin, I exfoliate and moisturise on the days leading up to applying my tan. I find moisturising my body is a real effort, it is one of the beauty routines that I find a real chore, but it does make a real difference. So when I want to apply the tan, I simply apply using a mitt onto clean skin, using roughly two pumps per part of the body, although it does change, for example, legs need more product than arms.

I find this takes about 10 minutes to feel dry enough to put on clothing and I always like to sleep in my tan so I can just leave it to develop over night. When you wash this away in the morning, you are left with a beautiful colour that is just right for winter. On me, this is a lovely natural bronze look, as if you might have been on holiday.


I also love using a kabuki brush, one that I found in TKMaxx to buff the tan into my face and neck, to ensure the product is even and worked into my skin, which I find is a great tip to avoid patchiness.

I find this tan lasts about a week, fading out naturally as the week goes on. I have drier skin though, and so at the end of the week, it does require an exfoliating mitt to get the last of it off. So really good lasting power, and I haven’t actually tried layering this one before but I can imagine you could build it up to the same deep colour as the ‘Dark’ foam that way.

So that is everything in my winter tanning routine! Regular moistuising helps prolong your tan too, with an oil-free moisturiser. What is your all-time favourite fake tan?


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  1. January 8, 2017 / 3:13 am

    I like the idea of using the brush afterwards to blend it all in, that’s actually really smart. One time I tried spray kind of like that, I dont even remember what brand or what it was, but I just remember how patchy it was…absolute fail lol A week isn’t thattt bad for being just a spray, it could come in handy for like special occasions and such if you need a quick little bronzing lol thanks for the review!

    xo, JJ

  2. January 8, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Over here in the Eastern world, specifically in Southeast Asia (the Philippines) where I’m from, tanning is weird – we are obsessed with making ourselves paler. 😛

    • January 8, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Ahh how funny that it is the opposite to me! So interesting how the different cultures view skin tone! Xxx

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