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How to get the Perfect Tan

Perfect fake tan | Self tanning tips

Although the sun has been popping it's beautiful head out for us all to enjoy, if you are anything like me, a lovely, natural tan can still be difficult to achieve. If it's not turning bright red, my skin tends to stay the same colour, even after a marathon sunbathing session (with correct SPF usage, of course).

So, in order to keep up with my gorgeously tanned friends, I need a little help from a bottle and I'd also like to make sure nobody notices I've been faking it unless I have actually asked them round to help me reach that awkward part on my back that I can never reach by myself.

The key to fake tanning is all in the preparation, but there are also a few application and after-care tips that can help you get the perfect tan, and make it last! They are also great for general skincare, so even if you aren't tanning, some of these prep tips will still give you gloriously glowing skin!


Preparation!


1. Hair removal


If you want to be beautifully tanned for the party at the weekend, your routine needs to start a few days before! Waxing should be done 48 hours before tanning, and shaving at least 24 hours beforehand. Waxing and shaving leaves pores open, and applying tan straight after will bring you up in some unattractive brown spots.


2. Exfoliation


Regular exfoliation is best, but you should always exfoliate 24 hours before tanning. This will remove any dead skin or old fake tan and give you a fresh base for the new application. I think Cocoa Brown's Tough Stuff is the best exfoliator for the job!

3. Moisturise


Moisturise  just before tanning. Make sure you allow time for it to soak in before applying your tan. Pay close attention to your hands, feet, elbows, knees and any other dry patches of skin. For best results, you should moisturise every day, this way your skin will be fully prepared.

4. Final steps


I always find it handy to rub a wet wipe over your neck, arm pits, wrists and ankles. This will get rid of any build up of product, or leftover tan that might be lurking. I've also heard that rubbing an ice cube over your face before application will help stop your pores clogging!

Application!


5. Logic


Be logical about your application. Don't start with your stomach or your thighs. Start with your face and work your way down. This way, you are less likely to miss any bits. This is also handy as it will allow your face to develop slightly while you finish the rest of your body so you can make adjustments if needs be!

I would advise always doing your hands last, and don't apply tan directly to them. Instead, spread excess from the arms onto the hands for a natural fade. You should also do the same for the feet

6.  Layering


Build up your tan. Start with a light layer and work down your body, wait  few moments and apply another layer following the exact same pattern as before (face to feet). The layering will help your tan look more natural, avoid orange and also prolong the glow.

7. Protection


Always protect your hands when applying a liquid, cream, mousse or gel tan. You really don't want to end up with a beautifully tanned bod and bright orange hands!

I would advise investing in a tanning mitt which will also help with even coverage.

For spray tans, lay a towel down to protect the floor, but also pop one over your feet until you get to them. This will protect them from drips or splashes which will dry unevenly and give you polkadot feet!

8. Hard to reach areas


Self tanning can be pretty tricky unless you are a contortionist, or have your best buddy round to help. If you are struggling to reach your back, try applying tan to a sheet of cling film and rubbing from left to right down your back. It can be a bit tricky, but once you've got the hang of it you will be able to achieve full body golden-ness all by yourself!

Looking after your tan


9. More moisturising


Apply moisturiser in between your fingers and toes, as well as along your hair line straight after application. This way you should avoid getting any tell tale self-tan lines. Moisturise 24 hours after, or following your first shower post tanning to maintain the even coverage. If you continue to moisturise daily, this will prolong your tan. 

10. Showering


This totally depends on your tan. With all these gorgeous new 1 hour tans and 60 minute solutions popping up all over the place, it seems you can hop in the shower asap and still have a beautiful tan. Check the bottle and it should tell you how to get the best results!

If you aren't using one of these, you may need to wait a few hours longer before your first shower after tanning. This will allow the tan to soak in and you will avoid streaks. If you can, try sleeping with your tan on, although you may need to wash the sheets afterwards! 

11. More Exfoliation


Exfoliate 3 days after tanning to allow it to fade evenly. Remember not to choose a harsh exfoliator. You don't want to take it all off straight away!

12. Repeat!


Remember to follow this procedure every time you want to tan. Old fake tan should always be removed before applying the next lot.

Hopefully, we will all now have beautiful, long-lasting bronzed bods and will be feeling fantastic!

What are your top fake tanning tips? Let me know in the comments

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3 comments

  1. I love the fact you have created a indepth step by step tanning routine. Haven't seen this before. Great post thanks for sharing!
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  2. ooh such good tips!

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  3. perfect post so useful as i dont do any of them steps thats probably why it looks so bad when i do it !

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