A ginger getting a fake tan… sounding like a recipe for disaster? Sure as hell didn’t think I would be trying out any fake-tan product in my pale lifetime. Plus… the thought of smelling like a biscuit going to bed and waking up looking as orange as my hair was usually enough to put me off. After-all, fake tan is just for girls right? NOPE. I have actually found a tanning product for men that you can build up as much or as little as you like. The few comments I have had since using the Tan Mist have included: “have you been away recently?”, “Ollie you’re looking brown mate”, “how come you’re looking all bronzed?”. The answer is James Read’s Hydra Tan Mist for Men.
I am writing this after using the Tan Mist for 3 weeks on and off. I wanted this to be as accurate as possible, and to check I didn’t turn into a giant orange. So after nearly a month of using the Tan Mist, I am genuinely amazed at how good it is. You can be as heavy/light handed with it as you like, but the beauty of the Tan Mist is it’s designed to be used over time, so it’s easy to tailor a tan that suits your skin tone. I use roughly 4-6 pumps per use, 3 days per week and that has been enough to take the ghostly pale colour away this winter. The Tan Mist currently costs £20 for a 100ml bottle, which means it’s airline carry-on friendly, and the cost amounts to the same as a few coffees – not bad for some winter sun!
How do you use the Tan Mist ByOllieB?
- Spray the mist away from you once to clear the nozzle.
- Hold the bottle a little closer than arms distance, and slightly above from your face – ensuring the nozzle is pointed at your face (duh! I may have experienced side-spray during my first use, whoops). Eyes closed and…
- Spray once from above down the centre of the face.
- Spray once straight on towards the centre of the face.
- Spray once from above left (to cover the left side).
- Spray once from above right (to cover the right side).
- Spray the front and rear of your neck – once each.
- Leave to dry for a few minutes.
- As you were chaps.
James Read recommends: “Hold the nozzle at arm’s length from the face. Spray evenly in downward motions, working from left to right. Lift chin and spritz onto the neck and under the chin. Remember to spray the back of your neck. Allow a minute or two to dry. Apply post-shave for a cooling effect or pre-shave for a spray and go tan” (www.jamesreadtan.com).
And that’s it – you’re on your way a cheeky bronzed tint. It takes a few hours to work so be patient and don’t spray extra amounts on-top thinking it hasn’t worked. Go easy on your first attempt following the steps above, if it’s too light or you want to see a bigger change then repeat the steps above twice a day until you are happy. As the Hydra Mist is a water-based product the more you wash your face, the quicker the bronzed look will be removed so keep that balance in mind.
Think of James Read’s Hydra Tan Mist as a little life hack to a cheeky tan. If you haven’t tanned before (like me) or tan regularly it’s worth giving it a try. One of my newfound grooming secrets – that’s not such a secret anymore! 3-4 weeks of use and I have only used 20% of the bottle too while maintaining a light bronze tint. That works out at less than £1.00 per week. Great results for a low price – that’s my kind of grooming product.
♦ Learn more about the Tan Mist from James Read here.
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