Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Fake tan top tips

I am back with a few tips and tricks to help you get that flawless fake tan. I have very pale, dry skin which doesn't always suit a lot of fake tans but after a lot of trial and error, I have found what works best for me.

Preparation - Some say this is the most important step when it comes to fake tan and I think they could be right. I will always prep the day before I plan to tan, either in the shower or the bath. I will shave my legs and use an exfoliating scrub as well as exfoliating gloves. Once out of the shower I will use a body moisturiser all over. It's important this step is done the day before you tan. If done just before your tan will just get stuck in your pores and this isn't a good look.

The tanning itself  - I will never moisturise just before I tan as I feel it creates a barrier that stops the fake tan from developing correctly. It doesn't work for me anyway so I always make sure I don't. I switch between two tans depending on timings and which suits me better at the time of tanning. 

  • St.Tropez express bronzing mousse  - This is their new, quicker self-tan. It has a guide of 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for medium and 3 for dark. I usually keep it on for between 2 to 3 hours. This tan is so easy to apply and touch dries quickly, it doesn't have a strong smell either. I will usually just do odd jobs for a couple of hours whilst I wait for it to develop. After you've washed it off it takes about 8 hours to develop fully so don't panic when you get out the shower as pale as before you applied the tan! One of my big bonuses to using the express tan is that you don't stain your bed sheets. White bed sheets + fake tan = not good.
  • St.Tropez classing bronzing mousse - This is the other tan I use when I maybe don't have time to sit around for 2 hours waiting for my tan to dry and instead I will put this on before I go to bed, chuck on a onesie or old pyjamas and then jump in the shower the next morning after giving it a whole 8 hours to develop. It applies just as a well as the express tan and touch dries quickly. The bonus of using this tan is that when you wash off the guide colour you're already bronzed and no need to wait up to 8 hours for the tan to develop.
I have found St.Tropez to be the tan that works best with me. It doesn't streak, it smells nice and suits my skin tone. Other tans I've used such as St Moritz just don't suit my pale skin tone and tend to make me look orange. St Moritz however, works perfectly for my sister who has slightly more tanned skin than myself and she prefers it over St Tropez so it's whatever works best for you. 

You can buy lots of 'types' of tans such as mists, lotions, oils and mousses. I have found that I prefer mousses to mists when it comes to doing my own tan as I feel I have more control over where the tan goes as well as the amount, I find mists cover my surroundings with fake tan.

Due to being so naturally pale, I try to not go OTT when it comes to the darkness of my tan so just normally do one layer of tan on my body and two layers of tan on my legs. If I only put one layer on my legs it tends to just leave them streaky and my lower leg in-particular very pale compared to the rest of my body. 

Aftercare and removal - Just like the preparation stage, this is vital in keeping your tan in top tip condition. Moisturising every day or using a gradual tan will help you help your tan to last as long as possible. 

Removing the fake tan is always my least favourite part of my tanning routine, it seems to take ages and sometimes my tan just doesn't seem to budge.

Instead of scrubbing yourself raw using exfoliating scrubs and gloves and still having dodgy patches of fake tan left, Bondi Sands has recently released a self-tan eraser. It claims to remove your tan in just 5 minutes (and works with all self-tan brands). It is a white foam that you apply all over your body and leave for 5-10 minutes. I then jump into the shower and use a cloth or exfoliating gloves for the extra stubborn places and watch my tan just wash right off. I was dubious about this product when I bought it but was willing to give it a try if it meant not having to scrub at my skin every week and now I wouldn't take my tan off without it.

What's your favourite fake tan top tip? Let me know in the comments!


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