While some love to embrace their pale skin, others go above and beyond to achieve that bronzed beach goddess skin that screams, ‘I basically live at the beach’. However, we’ve all heard the warnings about spending too much time in the sun, and in winter, achieving a tan isn’t all that easy. So, we fake it, not bake it!
Achieving a natural looking fake tan requires a lot more effort than spending a few hours in the sun, that’s true, but if you take care of it well and follow the right steps, you can get the look without the damaging UV rays.
No matter how good the quality of the fake tan that you use, it is only as good as the skin you put it on, so making sure you leave yourself a good amount of time to prepare is key.
Having dead skin cells is the largest culprit for a patchy tan, and it is critical that you remove as much as possible. Jumping in the shower with an exfoliant, a loofah and some elbow grease will ensure you scrub away all of the dead skin cells leaving yourself with an even tan.
After the shower, apply a small amount of moisturiser to the areas with rough skin such as ankles, elbows, knees, etc. The moisturiser will stop the tan from building up on these areas. Don’t moisturize anywhere else though or apply deodorant to your underarms, as it is essential the tan adheres to the skin only.
When To Shave
Always make sure that you shave a day before a tan, and not the day of. While shaving is a form of exfoliation, it can leave your skin irritated and sensitive making it easier to react to the tanning formula.
Don’t shave the day of a tan, or even the day after, as you can shave away the tan itself.
If you’re not being sprayed by a professional, but rather applying the tan yourself, you will find a way that you prefer to do it. Many people will choose to start from the bottom and work their way up, to make sure they know they have applied it to every area. On the other hand, some will choose to tan the larger areas first such as legs, back and stomach, and then focus on the smaller areas such as ankles, knees and wrists at the end.
Using a tanning mitt is good for more than one reason. It prevents you from getting fake tan all over your hands, which can be quite difficult to remove completely and it makes the tan easy to blend, minimizing the chance of ending with a streaky finish.
Whether you’re tanning yourself, or having a professional do it, there are so many choices to choose from. Do you go green based, purple based or orange based? Do you choose a one-hour express or an eight-hour gradual tan? Will a mousse work better, or should you use a cream or spray? Do you want to go light, medium or ultra dark? It all depends on personal preference and speaking to somebody who understands the look you want to achieve, will result in you choosing the right one. So take some time and have a chat to somebody before you dive right in.
Going The Distance
Moisturise! Moisturise! Moisturise! This is key to keeping your skin hydrated! Dead skin cells flake as we know, and once they flake your tan goes patchy! So diligently moisturise after every shower to ensure your tan stays fresh for as long as possible
If all of these tips sound like too much at once, then you can go the easy option – gradual tanner. Apply it like moisturizer every day after every shower and watch your tan darken over time! Just a side note with gradual tanners…you often cant see them when you apply them, so take the time to ensure you are covering every spot evenly so you don’t wake up a week later with an uneven tan.