Fake tan – you either love it or you hate it! Personally, it is one of my favourite products and a pivotal part of my weekly beauty regime. I love to be tanned, it makes me feel more confident in myself and one of my favourite parts about it is that my makeup looks a lot nicer. Due to this, I have perfected the art of tanning after years tirelessly battling with the dodgy products and the exfoliating mitt.
Before applying any fake tan, it is vital that your skin is free of any dead skin or fake tan from the last application. To ensure this is removed, it is useful to use an exfoliator in the shower or bath. I have tried several exfoliators but my current favourite is the UpCircle Coffee Body Scrub (£14.99). This product comes with many complimenting scents but my personal favourite is with Cacao due to its moisturising factors. You simply apply the product in the shower, and leave it for a minute-or-so before scrubbing it off in circular motions using an exfoliating mitt. This product works really well as you don’t have to scrub too hard to remove the tan. It may take a couple of scrubs in the shower if your tan is particularly dark. The scrub leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturised, and if you’re a lover of coffee you’ll love the smell too! The only downside is the mess…think of a black coffee. It may be best to plan your exfoliating day alongside the shower cleaning day! I love coffee, and the smell of it, but I don’t want to leave my skin smelling of it. Due to this, after I have used the scrub, I go onto use an exfoliating salt scrub bar. This ensures that no tan or dead skin remains, and makes your skin smell and feel like heaven. My favourite is the Sanctuary Sal Scrub Bar (£4.50). It includes essential oils which aids in providing moisture to your skin which also means for a smoother tan application.
Once I have ensured my skin is smooth and tan-free I wait a couple of hours before going on to re-apply tan to ensure my pores are closed. It is important not to apply moisturiser during this time, as it means that most of the tan will just slide off when showering off the excess, meaning you won’t get the best results. Another tip is not to use deodorant during the tanning process until after you have showered off the excess tan, otherwise it can make your armpits go green which nobody wants! Finally, just before applying tan I moisturise tougher areas of skin where tan might stick and go uneven such as my knees, elbows, and hands
There are lots of fake tan brands out there, but my all-time favourite is Bondi Sands. They have many different tans in their product range, but I like to use the Bondi Sands Self Tan Lotion (£14.99) which I apply using a mitt. This tan is a creamier texture, similar to moisturiser, which I find leaves my skin more hydrated than foam solutions meaning it stays in-tact for longer and is kinder on the skin. If you want a deep tan, it is best to apply two layers of product, but for a more natural, everyday looking tan, one layer is perfect. Leave the product on for 6 hours for best results, but I usually just sleep with it on before washing it off the following morning. It is perfectly okay to apply fake tan to the face, but if you are reluctant to do so, there are several effective facial tanning products on the market. One of my personal favourites is the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Antipollution Sunshine Drops (£30), previously discussed in our Winter Skincare Essentials post. Wearing silky pyjamas can protect your bedsheets from the effects of tan, and they also don’t stick to you!
Whilst wearing the tan, it is best to maintain it by moisturising regularly. Any moisturiser will be beneficial to the skin, but moisturisers using natural ingredients will be kinder. One of my favourites for when I have fake tan on is Cetraben Natural Oatmeal Cream (£8.99) which I apply morning and night.
Cetraben Natural Oatmeal Crea £8.88 amazon.com
Repeat these steps before, after, and during your tanning cycle for a flawless tan!