Summer is coming and we’re all striving for that effortless, beach babe glow. If you’re someone who doesn’t tan easily, and one week in the sun just isn’t enough; do not fear, you’re not alone!

I’m starting to come to terms with my paleness, but that doesn’t mean I shy away from wanting to look somewhat sun-kissed and have luminous skin.

Over many years of horrendous tanning faux-pas, I’ve finally found a formula to get me glowing that doesn’t involve the sun. And that’s not a bad thing…keep those aging rays away from me.


A gorgeous glow doesn’t always have to be golden. Luminous skin that shines from within can make anyone look healthy and damn right gorgeous.

I’ve found that, at times, my skin can be a little lackluster; not quite that delightful dewy yumminess I’ve always longed for. But, I think I’ve found the formula. These two little beauties have helped my skin look brighter, even and sometimes…I don’t even have to wear foundation.

Alpha H – Liquid Gold : available at for £33.50

With it 5% glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids, this little baby helps stimulate cells and exfoliates to remove dulling dead cells on the surface of the skin to reveal healthy ‘new’ skin below the surface.

It’s known to bolster elastin and collagen production whilst deep cleaning pores to eliminate spot causing bacteria. The resurfacing action also helps to diminish visibility of acne scars, dark spots and brown patches, so your complexion quickly looks more even and luminous. Remember to use at least an SPF 15 when using this product.

I’ve found my skin is completely different since using Liquid Gold. I use this every other night, and I tend not to follow up with a moisturiser for a more intense treatment.

Glamglow – Flashmud : for £42

Super quick results and a real difference if used properly. Okay, so the first few times I was left a little red…but my skin has now got used to it and I’m loving it. It has that tingle that I LOVE, you know when you can really feel it working.

The combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid & vitamin C helps clear the skin whilst revealing a more brightened and even skin tone. I use it up to 3 times a week in the AM, putting it on as soon as I wake up; I then have breakfast and wash it off whilst showering


Okay, okay so I’ve gone on about being pale and being okay with it; making myself luminous with skincare and so on. But the thing is. I feel bloody GREAT with a tan, my clothes look better, my eyes pop and…I just feel fabulous.

Thankfully I’ve found those little gems in the world of tanning that’re absolute game changers.

Bondi Sands – Liquid Gold Foam : – £14.99

It’s just the best. Not your usual fake tanner that’s a little bit orange, smells like biscuits and makes your sheets a weird shade of brown. This magical foam gives the most natural golden glow to any skin tone.

I pop one coat on in the morning and just a few hours later, I’m glowing from the inside out. Best thing is that it doesn’t transfer. Make sure to moisturise your dry bits; elbows, hands, knees and feet to prevent a build up of product and voila! You glow, girl!

Want to be even more extra? Add Bondi Sands GLOW – Gloss Finishing Glow (Superdrug – £9.99) to your collar bones, down the front of your legs (makes them look longer) and your arms. I sometimes use this product as my lazy, go-to face highlighter when I want that natural, dewy glow. Pop some on your cheekbones, tip of the nose and cupid’s bow – perfect for low-key beach day luminosity.

Glamglow – GLOWSTARTER : – £32

I always wear this under my foundation in shade sun glow (or even just on it’s own) to give my skin a little boost. This illuminating moisturiser is full of vitamins, botanicals, hyaluronic acid and TEAOXI™ golden root technology that instantly floods skin with hydration for healthy-looking radiance.

It’s an ideal, quick-fix for that little extra something. Perfect for ‘no make-up’ days and those long days at the beach.

Want a glow-boost on the go? Pop Iconic London Prep-Set-Glow ( – £18.50) in your bag and give yourself a little spray when you need a hydrating boost. It’s also 100% vegan.

So there you have it, my hero products for making myself feel a little less mehhh and more golden goddess.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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