A Beginners Guide: How to Fake Tan

Whether you’re a fake tan newbie, or just need some handy tips to up your tanning skills, I’ve created a step-by-step guide on how to fake tan so you can achieve sun-kissed skin.

Tips for Perfect Tanning

If you struggle to get your tan streak free and perfect, you might be making some small mistakes which are affecting you getting your glow on:

  • DON’T apply deodorant or perfume before tanning or while it develops. This can prevent the tan from adhering to the skin and may even turn some tans green.
  • Make sure you allow your fake tan to fully dry before getting dressed. When you do dress, stick to loose and dark clothing so it doesn’t rub against your skin or show any marks.
  • Apply your tan in the evening and let it develop overnight. This will give it the best amount of time to fully develop (most tans need at least 4-6 hours).
  • When you wash off your tan after it has developed, keep the water slightly cooler than usual and resist the temptation to use scrubs or soap; it can fade your tan. Just rinse until water runs clear.
  • Hair removal should be done 24 hours prior to tanning. Fake tan is prone to sticking into loosened pores, creating dark dots all over your skin and often cause it to look patchy.

Step-by-Step Tan Routine

  1. Find your perfect self tanner. First, you should decide on the type of tan you want to apply. If this is your first time tanning, you may want to opt for a gradual self-tan for a subtle and natural colour change. If you are feeling a little more adventurous and want a stronger and deeper looking tan, then go for a dark glowing self-tan like the Sienna X Deep Self Tan Lotion.
  2. Exfoliate. Before you apply any tanning products, it is really important to exfoliate. It is recommended doing this 24 hours prior to tanning. Not only will this get rid of dead skin, but it will also create the perfect base for your chose tanning products. When exfoliating, it is really important to pay extra attention to those really dry areas like your feet, ankles, elbows and knees.
  3. Moisturise. After exfoliating, it is crucial that you apply plenty of moisturiser. Fake tan will cling to any dry areas, so you want to make sure you are well-hydrated beforehand. It’s really important to go over and moisturise those dry areas, making sure to leave at least 2-3 hours before tanning, as you could prevent the tan from adhering to the skin.
  4. Application. When applying, use a tanning mitt or gloves. Using one of these ensure that the tan application is as smooth and easy as possible (and you know, you don’t end up with orange palms!). It is best to start from the bottom up. Start with your shins, applying in circular motions and adding more products as required. Applying methodically helps ensure you don’t miss any patches. Be careful around the hands and feet; the best to avoid streaks is to buff any leftover tan from the legs and arms lightly over these. Less is more! As for the back, it’s best to ask someone to give you a hand!
  5. Get the Glow. After getting your body perfectly bronzed, you don’t want to leave your face. This can be the step that most of us are a bit scared of but using a specifically designed tan for the face will help give you an even glow all over, without risking blocking your pores or going too dark.
  6. Maintain. Now you have got yourself bronzed and beautiful, the trick is keeping it even and long-lasting. The main way to keep tan fading evenly is to keep exfoliating gently and moisturising. This will also help keep your skin in tip top condition if you want to top up your tan again in a few days.

Thanks for reading.

Danielle x

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