Never mind that the temperatures have dropped, hemlines are lower and sleeves are a lot less short … you still want to glow like the goddess you are, right?

To help you out, we grilled the ultimate golden glow-inducer, Sonya Driver, founder of vegan tanning company, Eco-Tan, for her top tips to tan this winter (without a tinge of tandoori in sight!).

1. Preparation is King

Preparing your skin to perfection is an absolute must to a good long lasting tan. “Do your hair removal and exfoliation at least 24-48 hours prior (never on the same day) to tanning to create an even surface produce the best results,” says Sonya.

Eco Tan Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub, $34.95,
– Apply it to Eco Tan Exfoliant Glove, $19.50, and massaging in firm but gently circular movements over the body. Pay special attention to areas prone to dry skin, like the knees, elbows and ankles.


2. Application Station

Winter tans should be subtle, so opt for a gradual tanning formula rather than a full-on colour. “It will allow you to control how dark you go by how often you apply,” explains Sonia.

“Apply it exactly like a moisturiser. Start at your ankles and gradually work upwards using circular motions. A great tip is to apply a small amount of milky moisturiser to your hands, feet, elbows, knees to help get an even tan on those pesky dry spots. Always wash your hands after application.”

Eco Tan Winter Skin, $29.95
Bronze by La Mav Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, $39.95
La Vera Basis Sensitive Moisturising Body Lotion, $19.75


3. After Care – for a glow that goes the distance

Immediately after application, san around in super loose clothing – or naked if nobody else is home – to avoid streak marks. Once your tan is fully dry, wear loose clothing until your next swore, which ultimately should be in at least five to eight hours or more.

“To maintain your colour longer, keep your skin moisturised and avoid synthetic soaps and body washes, says Sonia. “Use a good moisturiser daily for extra hydration. The key is to keep your outer layer of skin in top condition as this will make the tan last longer and fade off, rather than wear off in a patchy way.”

– Eco by Sonya Skin Compost Super Fruit Hydrator, $39.95
Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion Original, $13.95
Cedar + Stone Coconut Water and Mandarin Hand and Body Lotion, $25


4. Don’t Forget Your Face

The most gorgeous tan in the word will always look odd if it’s mismatched to your face. Enter, Eco Tan Certified Organic Face Tan Water, $34.95

“This gives your face a natural sun kissed look without clogging your pores or causing breakouts,” says Sonia. “It really is the Holy Grail of fake tanning products. Apply it just like a toner two to three times per week.”

About the Author


After 30 years of working in Australian media, Shonagh is one of Australia’s busiest and most in-demand beauty, health, travel and lifestyle writers.

As a health and lifestyle journalist and consultant, Shonagh has worked closely with international wellness experts and icons, including Dr. Sandra Cabot, Therese Kerr and Miranda Kerr.

In other aspects of her work, she has travelled the world reviewing wellness retreats and luxe holiday destinations, and she has interviewed and written feature articles on some of the world’s best love celebrities, including Sting, Elle McPherson, Pamela Anderson, Simon Baker, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Tina Arena, Heather Graham and many more.

She currently lives in the NSW Southern Highlands with her four dogs (three Siberian Huskies and one Maltese Cross), where she grows her own veggies and advocates ending Factory Farming and animal cruelty.

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