top tanning tips
Whether you're a newbie to self-tanning or you're a complete expert, if you're on the quest for a flawless tan, take a look at our top tanning commandments that you will give you that perfect faux glow every single time.
Hair needs to be done 24-48 hours before tanning to allow the pores the close, and avoid those little red dots that can be as a result of applying tan too soon. Hair removal also removes fake tan so it’s best to either get this done prior to tanning, or if you really need to, it’s best to shave lightly using a hair conditioner.
Exfoliation is key for a super smooth application! Self-tan will stick to dry skin, leaving dark patches so it’s really important you have a clean, smooth base. Just make sure to look for an exfoliator that contains no essential oils and try to stay clear of perfumed products too – these will only prevent a perfect base for tanning.Really focus on rough spots like knees, elbows, ankles and heels! Exfoliation is also great for removing old tan if you struggle to get it off!
If you choose to shower or bathe before tanning, make sure you really dry your body completely and ensure the tan sticks to the skin. We recommend waiting 20/30 minutes after showering to make sure your pores close before applying yourself-tan.
SOFTEN YOUR SKIN & PRO-LONG YOUR GLOW
We also advise on applying an oil-free moisturiser to dry areas likes the elbows, knees and ankles just before you tan to stop the tan sticking to these areas.
A CLEAN BASE & REMOVAL OF DEODRANT
To ensure you get the best results (and no white armpits), remove all makeup and deodorant before applying self-tan. Both make-up and deodorant can act as a barrier so it’s always best to remove.
To achieve a professional result every single time,always use a mitt to apply your self-tan! Once you’ve applied your tan to the Mitt, smooth the product on to your skin using circular motions, using small amounts each time. Start at the ankles and work your way up to the shoulders,followed by your arms and leaving your hands and feet until last. With the hands and feet, we recommend just using any excess that’s left on the mitt to avoid over-tanning these areas.
TANNING YOUR FACE
For a naturally golden glow on the face, use the excess self-tan from the Mitt, making sure to blend around the ears, the hairline and around the jawline to avoid any tell-tale white lines!
AVOID HEAVY PERFUMED PRODUCTS
Heavy perfumed products whether in the shower or post-shower will only strip your faux glow so it’s best to opt for a mild soap or body wash, as well as choosing an oil-free moisturiser post-shower.
MOISTURISE TO PRO-LONG YOUR FAUX GLOW
Moisturising daily really is key to pro-longing your tan! Although hydration is super important, stay clear of oily-rich formulas as this will just cause the tan to break down. Instead, opt for an oil-free and gentle formula and apply straight after your daily shower.
Following all these tips will leave you with a long lasting flawless glow!