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The sun has decided to make a guest appearance once again! Hooray I hear you all cry! However, for many of us this means it’s time to bare our pins after what feels like a decade. So instead of rushing out with some mighty bright whites I urge you all to fake it from a bottle, but not in the Amy Childs way!
Getting the fake tan right can sometimes mean a lot of trial and error, however, I consider myself a veteran at this, as I always like to fake it a little all year round! Embarrassingly I think my friends have forgotten what my natural skin colour is…
But that aside, let’s get down to business on how to achieve a cracking tan this summer, regardless of whether you’re are minted or skint!
Step 1 – Exfoliate! This is always said, but makes a real difference. Make sure you give yourself a good old scrub before embarking on tanning. Avoid all oil based products as this will stop your tan from setting onto your skin.
Step 2 – Moisturise. I only moisturise my dry bits; for example my knees, elbows, eye brows, hair line, ankles, hand and nails. It gives you a little protection on these areas because no body wants to have big orange patches!
Step 3 – Apply. Its simple, just put the fake tan on. Below I will recommend my favorite tans but a good thing to remember is start from the bottom and work your way up. Also never rub it in too hard – you’re aiming to get it to stick onto the skin, not just rub it off!
Step 4 – Wash your hands. Never ever forget to do this! This is the first tell tale sign someone has hit the bottle!
Step 5 – Dry. Even with quick dry tans I would always say avoid bras and socks. Basically anything that will leave a mark for at least 2 to 4 hours. This isn’t always ideal, but means you wont get any strange marks.
Step 6 – After care. I would strongly recommend exfoliate every few days after you have applied. Fake tan likes to come off in random patches and this can leave some unsightly marks. By exfoliating you can stop this from happening.
Keeping your skin hydrated is also a great aftercare tip. However do not use baby oil or any oil-based products as this will just strip your tan right off!
Keep it topped up! Once you have applied a good base layer why not maintain it with a gradual tan moisturiser for just topping it up every few days. This means you will be glowing all summer!
So which tan is best?
You can’t get better than St Tropez lotion. Make sure you use rubber gloves when applying, as it is a really a hand stainer. I find it essential to apply before you go to bed and let it dry over night. This is because it often appears to be a bit streaky. Fear not – after your morning shower it magically evens out and leaves you with a fantastic glow.
Then I would recommend Garnier Ambre Solaire self-tanning dry body mist. This stuff is great and super easy to apply. Just spray up and down your body section-by-section then pat down gently with your hands. This helps your tan to set in.
May sure that you let it fully develop before going to a second coat otherwise you could end up a little dark than you like.
To make it last I would really recommend using Garnier Summer Body, which is a gradual tan. This stuff is great at making it last. To keep your tan looking its best apply this every other day and on your ‘rest’ day use a nice creamy body butter.
Just for the evening… Rimmel Sun Shimmer Tan Make-up £6.00
I would defiantly use Rimmel Sun Shimmer Tan Make-up. This stuff if ace if you fancy getting your bronze on just for the evening. They say that that you should apply with a Rimmel mitt, however a cheap way of doing this is wrapping your hand in a little bit of tissue and putting a sock over it. And there is your homemade mitt that can go straight in the wash! To apply the tan evenly use small circular motions and let it dry.
So that’s it – be gone and become bronzed and buff goddesses!
P.S My top tip for those cold times of year is just tan your top half! This sound mental but there is no need to waste the tan on your legs if you are the only one who will be seeing them!