How to look sun-kissed in winter

With these simple products and tips you will look sun-kissed in winter in no time.

How to Look Tanned and Sun-kissed in Winter

Winter is a time when tans have well and truly faded away, unless a Euro summer was on your agenda. But there are a number of beauty products available in Australia that can help you look tanned and sun-kissed all year round.

Many celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Rhianna, and Chissy Teigan all sport self tan or bronzer in winter, and in fact, all year round..

It is winter in Bondi but that doesn't mean you have to go tanless. Self tan or bronzer is the solution.
It is winter in Bondi but that doesn’t mean you have to go tanless. Self tan or bronzer is the solution.


Self-tanners are one of the most popular ways to achieve the right tan in winter.

They come in a variety of formulas, including creams, foams, lotions, and sprays.

Self-tanners work by depositing a layer of pigment on the skin, which gives the appearance of a tan.

There are a few things to keep in mind when using self-tan: First, it is important to exfoliate your skin before applying self-tan. This will help the tan to develop evenly.

Second, you should apply self-tan in thin, even layers. This will help to prevent streaks.

Third, you should wash your hands thoroughly after applying self-tan.

Self tanning in winter can make you feel thinner, and more energised.

Some of the most popular self-tanners available in Bondi ( and Australia) include:

  • Bondi Sands Self-Tan Water: Bondi Sands Self-Tan Water is a fabulous new tanning product that gives a natural looking glow and is water based and fragrance free, so great for sensitive skins.
  • St. Tropez Self-Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse: St. Tropez is a global leader, and mousse is easy to apply and easy to ensure it does not streak or clump. This St Tropez Bronzing Mousse contains hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate the skin
  • Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse: Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse is natural, easy to apply and gives skin a glow. It contains Vitamin E to nourish the skin.
  • Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Serum:: Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Serum ensures your skin wont dry out and keeps skin on the face tanned but not too dark. It is lightweight and contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, which help to hydrate and brighten the skin.

Click here for tips on how to protect your sheets and clothes from self tan:

Bronzer can be an easy solution for a quick burst of colour.


Bronzers are another way to create an instant sun-kissed look in winter. Bronzers come in a variety of shades, so you can find one that matches your skin tone. Some are more orange, more blue or more yellow or pink in tone.

Bronzers can be applied to the face and body to create a natural-looking tan. You just need a great makeup brush with a large head.

Some of the most popular bronzers available in Australia include:

  • NARS Laguna Bronzer: NARS Laguna Bronzer is a cult classic. NARS Laguna Bronzer is also buildable, so you can customize the intensity of the tan
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer is another cult classic that comes in fabulous portable, light packaging.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is great fpr the face and is buildable so you can be as brown – or not – as you like.
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Bronzer: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Bronzer is oil-free and non-comedogenic, so it is a good option for oily or acne-prone skin.

How Often to Apply Self-Tanners and Bronzers

The frequency with which you apply self-tanners and bronzers will depend on how dark you want your tan to be. If you want a light tan, you can apply self-tanner or bronzer once a week. If you want a darker tan, you may need to apply it more often.

It is also important to exfoliate your skin regularly when you are using self-tanners or bronzers. This will help to remove any dead skin cells that may be preventing the tan from developing evenly and help prevent dehydration.

How Often to Spend in the Sun

It is important to limit your time in the sun, even if you are using self-tanners or bronzers. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer.

The Australian Cancer Council recommends that you:

  • Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses, and long sleeves when you are in the sun.

For more winter tan inspo, click here.

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Renae Leith-Manos

Editor and Founder of Bondi Beauty

Renae Leith-Manos loves fitness, new beauty products, long chats and long flights. She is at her best when traveling the world writing about luxury hotels and Michelin Star restaurants ( She has had a colourful media career as a journalist inmagazines and newspapers, in Australia and Asia. She spends her time writing, cooking, consulting to new businesses, running and working out.

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