So you want a perfect fake tan?
Well you can have one, here are a few tips to ensure your tan is perfectly gorgeous for as long as possible….
Don’t shave within 36 hours of applying the tan, you could get a little spotty.
Never wash the colour guide off with soapy products, these can lift out the tan.
Always use gloves or a mitt to apply fake tan.
Always moisturise before applying fake tan.
Exfoliation is critical to successful fake tanning, start preparing a few days before fake tanning.
Use a sponge to apply to the hair line, much easier than trying to get it on properly with gloves on.
2 thin coats will give a better tan than 1 thick one, never apply too much product.
Start from the feet upwards, the legs are easier than the upper body, starting with the legs gets you into the swing before the awkward areas are reached.
Apply a little moisturiser to the ankles, ankle joint, knees and elbows just before applying product, these are the main areas that can cause problems as the skin here tends to be dry and patchy anyway.
Use the residue that is on your gloves to tan the hands.
If you want to reapply for a darker result, do the moisturising, but not the scrubbing.
If using a spray or mousse, apply, and wait 30 seconds or until it feels dry to the touch, then rub a small amount of moisturiser to blend, and perfect the tricky areas.
Make sure the light is good, ideally a bathroom, what looks good in shadowy light may prove uneven in the light of day.
If you don’t like the sticky feeling, apply baby powder 30 minutes to 1 hour after applying the fake tan. Use a body powder puff to apply. It wont spoil your fake tan, once the product has dried it will work.
Bend your fingers to get in between your knuckles, this prevents tell tale white lines.
Never rush it, speed and streaks go hand in hand.
Always use a circular motion to apply, never up and down, this can cause lines.
The active ingredient in fake tan is DHA, its a sugar, most fake tans will make you feel sticky, this is perfectly normal.
Don’t swim in a swimming pool when fake tanned, chlorine bleaches the skin, the sea is just fine for swimming.
Wear loose clothing while the tan develops, helps avoid discomfort with the sticky effect.
For a long lasting glow, re-apply once or twice a week.
Never forget to moisturise every day, moisturisers designed for use with fake tan are by far the best.
If you have dry skin, fake tan will make this worse, don’t use fake tan for any longer than a week without giving your skin a 3-4 day break.
For the perfect fake tan, exfoliate daily for 1 week before application, moisturise afterwards.
Many outdoor sun protection products now contain DHA, if you have a fake tan before going on holiday, using this type of sun protection will help keep the tan longer.
Buy the best quality fake tan you can afford, the cheap ones contain very little DHA and no skin caring ingredients, your tan will be poor and wont last very long.