If you have never used fake tan before, the prospect of trying it can be daunting – there’s the risk of streaks, patches and the dreaded orange palm syndrome. Nowadays however, there are so many different shades and formulas to choose from that us girls have more control than ever, meaning now is the best time to faux a glow.
So, for all those tanning novices out there it’s time to face your fears with our top tips for the perfect fake tan.
Aim to remove hair 1-2 days before you fake tan to allow the skin time to settle. Avoid shaving or waxing just after you tan as you run the risk of removing the colour along with your hair, resulting in patchiness.
A good fake tan starts with an even base. To achieve this make sure you exfoliate to remove any hard skin and flakiness. Be sure to pay particular attention to dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet.
Prep your skin with moisturizer about 30 minutes before you tan (to allow the lotion to fully sink in). Just before you tan, apply another coat of moisturizer on your elbows, knees and feet again to prevent the tan sticking to dry areas.
Ensure you shower to remove any traces of deodorant or perfumes before tanning as the chemicals can result in a green-tinged tan, not a good look.
Use a mitt or some gloves
Avoid orange palms by using a tanning mitt or gloves to apply your fake tan – just don’t forget to lightly tan the backs of your hands when you’re done!
Apply at night
Most tans develop over the course of a few hours so applying it before bed will give your tan the chance to fully develop.
Allow it to dry
Sounds obvious, but make sure your tan is dry before you get dressed, and when you do – opt for loose, dark coloured clothing to reduce any risk of staining.
Keep your tan in tip-top condition by moisturizing regularly and exfoliating as it fades for an even look.
If you want to find out more about tanning, please see our Tanning page.