My name is Isabelle and I’m a tanhound. It’s horrifically unfashionable but I love the sense of achievement from peeling back a strap to reveal a piece of white flesh. Ever since I was a child, when summer holidays would stretch for weeks, it just doesn’t feel like summer unless I have a two-tone body.
Despite this I’m no renegade, I still slap on the sunscreen on any exposed bits and take care not to burn. You can always spy the English person on holiday as they’re the ones sporting a lobster-pink suntan that glows in the dark. Not cool. I also top mine up occasionally with a bit of fake tan.
Post-sun exposure I’m equally religious about moisturising, it’s essential to avoid croc-skin and keep your tan lasting as long as humanly possible. In fact you could say moisturisation is a bit of an obsession, I’ve filled you in my Patrick Bateman beauty routines before and moisturising is a big part of it.From top left: Philosophy pure grace Body Lotion: £29, Clinique After Sun Rescue with Aloe: £18, Burts Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion: £9.99.
Philosphy’s pure grace is a deceptively moisturising body lotion that is scented with their famous ‘clean’ grace fragrance. It’s really liquid so spreads easily and is quickly absorbed, but moisturises more intensely –kind of like a body butter without the greasiness.
Burts Bees have teamed up with Richard Weston, he of the amazing scarves, on limited edition packs of their milk & honey body lotion, as you’d expect, it smells absolutely heavenly and £1 from each sale goes to the British Beekeepers Association ‘Adopt a Beehive’ scheme. Altruistic moisturising, who knew?
Even if you’re not burning the sun can sensitise your skin, moisturising is great but something like Clinique’s after sun is a great addition to your après sun routine. It’s a really light formulation but does provides soothing hydration. It’s so light I can apply it in the morning before a cycle to work without feeling like a gross sweaty mess, same rule applies for public transport users.