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Achieving the perfect summer glow: Self tanners

Sep 02,2019

Looking for tanned skin without exposing your skin to potentially harmful ultraviolet rays? Self-tanning can be used alone or mixed with moisturisers to provide a very natural-looking tanned appearance. Ensuring you have a strong tan routine will help you achieve your natural-looking, streak-free tan.

  1. Exfoliate
    It is really important to exfoliate your skin prior to applying tanning products onto your face and body. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin while giving extra attention to dry areas such as feet, knees and elbows; to create a good base for your chosen tanning product(s).
  2. Moisturise
    Fake tan can cling to drier areas of skin, causing an uneven tan, therefore ensuring your skin is hydrated and moisturised before you apply your tanning products is key. It is important to moisturise at least 2-3 hours before tanning, as moisturiser can prevent the tan from adhering to the skin properly.
  3. Application
    Use a tanning mitt, as it ensures the application of the tanning products to be as smooth and easy as possible. Start from the bottom, on your legs, applying in circular motions and slowly adding more product as required. Be careful to avoid orange streaks on your feet and hands and try using any leftover tan from the legs and arms to apply on these areas.
    Don’t forget to use an appropriate product for your face that matches your bronzed body. There are more and more products available specifically for use on your face, specially formulated to hydrate and tan without blocking pores or looking unnatural.
  4. Maintain
    Maintaining your healthy bronzed glow requires both gentle exfoliation and hydration; to allow the tan to fade evenly and to keep your skin primed for your next tanning top-up.

You can also boost your glow by using bronzers and body oils, to leave you looking silky smooth and perfectly bronzed.

Top tips:

  • Don’t apply deodorant or perfume before tanning or as it develops. It can prevent the tan from adhering and can even turn some tans green
  • Allow your tan to fully dry before dressing (and consider wearing lose and darker items of clothing)
  • Apply in the evenings, as most tanners need at least 4-6 hours to develop. By leaving it on overnight, you’ll give it the best amount of time to develop
  • Wash your tan in slightly cooler water than usual and resist using scrubs or soaps, as they can fade your tan, just rinse until the water runs clear
  • Hair removal should be done at least 24 hours prior to tanning to avoid the tanning products from sticking to pores, which can leave dark blemishes on the skin



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