I have a feeling you may find it rather eccentric of me to start talking about fake tan in a middle of winter.
Half of the world is enjoying summer and the rest are getting into the Christmas mood meaning that the first group may be in need of a faux top up before heading to the beach whilst the rest of us would definitely benefit from a touch of sun kissed glow comes the party time.
Yes, you may choose to go all Givenchy-tights (pardon, stockings)-and-sandals sort of thing. And yes, of course, it can look very chic - Carine Roitfeld is indeed a proof of that. However, party often means silky gowns, topless dresses, splits from here to there (and sometimes beyond) and hosiery, as seductive and gorgeous as it can be, isn't always an option.
Having experienced the above style melodrama and instead of endlessly comparing my bare pale flesh with various parts of a plucked chicken in need of a personal trainer, I now keep it simple and reach for a bottle of fake tan.
Now, if you see how much sense it all makes, allow me to introduce you to my latest and most favourite beauty trio I've come across so far.
TAN ORGANIC SELF TAN is a relatively new kid on the block and is the world's first eco-certified self-tanner. Made with 87% organic ingredients it does not only give the skin that gorgeous light caramel hue, but also takes care of it.
I adored it even before my first bottle arrived because the list of ingredients sounded like the most soothing song for my organic loving heart. Instead of being water based it's made with aloe vera and some other precious extracts including beet root powder, orange, thyme and ginger oils, honey and caprylic acid that make skin soft, moisturised and saturated with precious antioxidants.
The tan is a caramel-coloured solution that you drizzle onto an application mit (mine came with the kit, but sometimes they are sold separately) before rubbing it into the exfoliated skin in a circular movement. Then you sit and wait for a couple of hours inhaling a delicate scent of sweet orange on your skin (Tan Organic never smells like a typical fake tan) and eventually reveal a beautiful light golden glow.
If you want to go darker, you can reapply it once a day until you are happy with the result and then maintain by touch-ups once every four days or so.
If you would like something even more natural, just a hint of tan, choose the TAN ORGANIC SELF-TANNING OIL instead. It doubles-up as a moisturiser and can be applied by hand. Being lighter in conscience and colour, this oil would also work better for the face compared to the self tan - just make sure to use it in the evening because orange oil can make the skin sensitive to the UV rays for a while.
And to top it up, add the OIL ARGANIC as your daily moisturiser. It's a dry oil made with a blend of argan, apricot, avocado, jojoba, macadamia, borage, rose and sweet orange oils and can be used all over the body, hair and nails for that extra nourishment that is especially needed in winter.
The bottles containing these miracle solutions are made of matt glass topped with a wooden or metallic lid - gorgeous to look at, pleasant to hold and, unlike plastic, free from toxins and hormone-disrupting xenoestrogens.
Being natural, the self tan and the self-tanning oil last for four months after opening and the oil will keep well for a year, which reminds me to top up my reserves up comes January...
Photo source: Eniko Mihalik in Vogue Paris Beauty May 2010 (photography: Giampaolo Sgura, styling: Veronique Didry)