Fake tan is definitely a scary product if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Smothering a dark brown liquid all over and basically hoping for the best isn’t the most fun experience. But there are a few sure-fire ways to make sure your fake tan adventure turns out okay. And most of all – looks real. With these tips and a little bit of faith, you’ll be summer ready in no time. Here is the beginners guide to fake tanning and making it look real…
The key to a good tan is good prep. If you want the tan to develop evenly (which I’m sure you do) then you need an even base. The night before you plan to fake tan do all the shaving you wish because shaving after tan will remove the top layer and no one wants that. Next, take your favourite scrub and scrub till your heart’s content. You can use sugar mixed with shower gel for a cheaper alternative or exfoliating gloves work amazingly and are super cost effective.
Protect Your Dry Bits
If you find any areas of your skin get dry, make sure to use a barrier cream directly before applying the tan. This can be vaseline, balms of any kind or moisturiser. Just something that creates a barrier between your dry skin and the tan. If you leave fake tan to develop on a dry area it will over-develop and get kind of orange. This is a tell-tale sign of a fake tan and super easily avoided. The general dry areas to protect are hands, feet, knees and elbows.
Bring The Right Tools
Mitts matter, okay. They really matter. I know a lot of people skip using a mitt but no matter how much you wash your hands after tanning without a mitt, they’ll still be orange. This is because the skin on our palms is super porous and tan sticks to it like nothing else. If you skip any part of this routine, please god don’t let it be the mitt. Velvet tanning mitts give the evenest finish and are really easy to clean.
Talcum Powder Is Your Best Friend
This part isn’t super essential but it will make your life a lot easier if you sleep in fake tan while it develops. Adding a layer of talcum powder stops that horrible sticky feeling because let’s face it, fake tan never really dries down. It also protects your tan from rubbing off on your sheets. So, you’ll save your sheets and also stop any pesky tan rubbing off in the night and leaving you patchy. Viva La Talcum Powder.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Okay so once your tan has developed and you’re feeling like a beach babe. It’s time to rinse off the guide colour. When rinsing, avoid using shower gel since it can remove some of the tan. You’ll be fine to use shower gel from thereafter, but avoid it if you can on the first rinse. Another great tip when rinsing is to rinse in cold water (if you can bare it). This is because hot water opens the pores and can encourage some of the tan you worked hard for to leave. And finally, moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Moisturiser maintains the tan and helps it last longer. It stops the tan from wearing off patchy and therefore your tan will look real for longer.