When you’re as pale as I am, you have to fake it to make it in the tanning department. I do not tan naturally. At all. And, I’m sure I have many kindred spirits out there. I literally went abroad for 4 months last year, and I swear I came home paler than when I left. To be honest, I am not the kind of person to lie on the beach tanning anyway because I’m so scared of the damage that the sun will do to my skin. Yes, I wear Factor 50. No, I’m not ashamed of it! So, with no room for the suns rays the get to my skin, fake tanning is a must for giving my skin a glow.
So, with my extensive fake tanning knowledge, I’ve put together my Ultimate Guide for Getting that Summer Glow, all year round, no sun required.
The Proof Is In The Prep
Arguably, the most important stage in the fake tanning process is the preparation. Also, it just so happens to be the most tedious stage. Scrubbing, buffing and shaving my body to perfection isn’t exactly at the top of my bucket list either, but, it makes all the difference.
Step 1: Exfoliating
Scrub away your sins! And, your dead skin of course. Exfoliating is so important before you apply fake tan because it removes all your dead skin cells, preventing the tan from gathering on them and looking patchy. Make sure you pay special attention to your really rough areas like your knees and elbows. Exfoliating is something that should be done both 24 hours before and right before you apply the tan.
When you are showering right before you tan, make sure you don’t use any thick or heavily scented soaps or shower gels. You don’t want any product to be left on the skin that will interfere with the application of the tan.
Step 2: Hair Removal
Now, obviously, this step is an optional one. Everyone has different preferences to the amount of hair on their bodies and that’s cool. However, if you do decide to get a wax, have a shave, or if your an epilating kind of person, then it is so important that you do it 24 hours before you apply your tan. If you tan straight after hair removal, then the tan itself if going to settle into the hair follicles. And, if you remove any hair after you tan, then it’s just going to remove the tan as well.
Get Your Tan On
My go-to tan is the Vita Liberata Tanning mousse. I much prefer using a mousse because it is so fool proof and tends to go far less streaky than the spray. All you need is the mousse and a tanning mitt and you’re ready to go!
The Vita Liberata mousse says that it can be left for 3 – 24 hours before you wash it off. Because I use the light shade, if I have the time, I leave mine on overnight. The colour is absolutely beautiful, with no orange undertones. It actually looks like a natural tan, something I would never be able to achieve on my own. And, no lie, I have received so many compliments on it.
If you only have the time to leave it on for a few hours, don’t worry, because the colour continues to develop even after you’ve removed the tan! If you leave it on for slightly less time, it’s suggested that you reapply the next day for deeper colour and longer lasting results.
- Apply a couple of layers for a deeper colour.
- A clean mitt makes all the difference when applying your tan.
- Lightly wipe over elbows, knees, ankles and knuckles to get rid of excess product buildup for a more natural looking tan.
- Don’t forget to wipe the tan off your eyebrows and lips straight after application to prevent them from getting stained!
Maintaining Your Glow
I have always found that this is the most difficult part. Because although self tanners claim to stay for 2-3 weeks, I sometimes find that the minute I shave my legs again, its all gone. So, to get my tan looking fresh, I will often apply gradual tan on top of my base a couple of times a week. This is great if you don’t have the time to use the mousse again, and it just makes your colour last a bit longer.
If you’re looking for more instant results, one of my new favourite summer products is the Rosie Amazing Radiance Body Glow. This is a lightly tinted moisturising lotion, which was designed to suit all skin types and enhance your natural glow. Basically, it just gives your tan that extra oomph. Did I mention it has light reflecting particles? Because it does, and they are so dreamy!
Do you have any fake tanning tips that I need to know about? Let me know down in the comments! Also, what is your favourite fake tanning brand? I am always up for testing out new products!
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