We often view health and wellness from a perspective of encompassing both inner and outer health – keeping conscious of what we put in and on our bodies. Glowing skin, a healthily functioning body and lustrous hair are amongst some of the most sought after benefits of an inner and outer wellbeing regimen.
For expert advice in the beauty realm, we turn to Nadine Monley, the founder of Beauty Department, for her tips on keeping your skin glowing on the outside with consciously formulated products, highly effective natural ingredients and easy to follow regimens that benefit not only our skin and outer health from an appearance perspective, but also at a physiological level.
A few words with Nadine Monley, Founder of Beauty Department
At Beauty Department we love sharing the natural and organic ingredients in our products and growing in popularity is the healing Palmarosa oil.
Cymbopogon Martini, commonly known as Palmarosa or Indian Geranium, is an oil derived from the leaves of the tropical grass often found in India, Africa and Madagascar.
Cymbopogon Martini has a similar nature to lemongrass or citronella and gives off a refreshing rose-like scent.
The health benefits of this multi-purpose oil range from antiseptic properties and hydrating particles, to balancing out skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
In fact, it is so good at ridding the body of nasty bacteria and aiding digestion that many cultures have been adding Palmarosa oil into food for centuries!
Beauty Department’s Summer gradual tan found in our Indulge Her uses Palmarosa oil as it soothes your skin, keeping your body in beautiful, healthy form.
This oil, along with other key essential oils found in the Beauty Department’s Man Tan help retain moisture in skin tissue and seals in all the nourishing elements of Summer – including the tan!
The best part? You can achieve Bondi god/goddess status in just four easy steps…
Exfoliation is Key:
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Priming a canvas is the best way to achieve a beautiful artwork, so why shouldn’t your body be the same? Exfoliation is key to prepping your skin for an even tan. Start by using a body scrub in the shower mixed with coconut oils; this not only hydrates the skin, it also leaves your skin soft and beautiful, so it’s amazing to make this part of your selfcare… pay special attention to rough areas such as the knees and elbows and use extra coconut oil in these parts.
Weekly exfoliation helps to rid the skin of its top dead layers and leave you with luscious soft skin.
Hydrating the Skin:
For your tan to last longer, your skin needs to be hydrated. It will not only look better, your tan application will be so much easier.
Summer brings more humidity, so for the most part your skin is plump and full of vitamin D, but it’s important to remember that weather changes and more time spent outdoors can be very drying.
To combat this, replenish your body with various oils. Don’t forget areas that tend to have lots of creases – the hands, elbows, knees, heels and toes.
By moisturising these areas, it’ll smooth out any imperfections and help your tan blend better. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than having a tan that is not even, so hydration is key.
Hydration from the inside is also key. Apotecari’s Crowning Glory works to hydrate your scalp and strands, and contains hydrating oils that also benefit the skin and help to slow the ageing process.
Just Keep Blending:
Once your skin is beautiful and hydrated, this is when you should apply your tan. Skin prep is so important so take your time and enjoy the process putting love back into your body.
I would suggest when applying your tan, apply it sparingly until your get to know the texture of the product and how it is on your skin.
Start with your face and gently blend down your neck; remember you can always build up the colour here! Work your way down the body, leaving your hands and feet for last. Once finished, it’s important to wash your hands and clean your fingernails with a wipe to avoid any staining. And now you should have a glowing bronzed tan!
- I love to use an oil to finish off my tanning application as it leaves the skin with a beautiful glow. I believe that oil is the key to hydrated skin. Applying an oil after you apply your tan also blends in any parts of your body that aren’t blended, especially if you are not used to the texture of the product.
- Regularly moisturising your face and body will prolong the colour of your tan from fading and act as a barrier against harsh wind and brisk air.
- Taking care of your skin is crucial in ensuring your tan looks the healthiest and most flattering it can be. I believe that using products with natural and organic ingredients will always give you the best result! Beauty Department’s very own Summer Tan and Man Tan are a beautiful alternatives to other tanners that may have harsh parabens and other nasties.
How to get your hands on this skin-loving tan
Shop Beauty Dept’s palmarosa-infused Summer Tan and Man Tan in our limited time only Indulge Him and Indulge Her gift kits for a complete at home spa experience. Ideal to pamper yourself head-to-toe for a Valentine’s Day event or the perfect gift of a little selfcare luxury for him, her or yourself.