Prepping the skin for tanning is the most important part. If you haven’t peeped your skin corrctly then you won’t get good results. The day/night before I’m going to tan I like to set aside time to have a long soak in the bath to help soften my skin. Whilst in the bath I’ll prep my skin by shaving my legs and exfoliating all over using the Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life, it has tiny gritty exfoliating beads that remove all the dead skin to make the perfect smooth base.
Once out of the bath I’ll slather myself head to toe in the thickest, most hydrating lotion I own. My favourite for tanning is The Body Shop Body Butter , i love the butter formula of these as they give me that extra moisture I need and are a bit more heavy duty than a lotion.
On the tanning day prior to application make sure you apply a lotion to all the dry, rough parts of your skin like the elbows, ankles and knees. You don’t need it anywhere else as the lotion can create a barrier for the tan. I like to leave the lotion to settle in for an hour before applying my tan.
I always apply my tan in the evening and let it develop over night. My go to tanning mousse is the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tanning Mousse , this tan is great as it has a timed colour guide, for a light tan leave on for 1 hour, medium 2 and 3+ for dark. Like I said I leave mine over night as I love a really deep tan. Another tan I love is the St Moriz Fast Self Tanning Mousse, again this works in the same way as the cocoa brown tan, I tend to just switch between the two. Both give me a really beautiful tan colour, not too green and not too orange. Both of the tans are easy to apply and have a streak free finish.
Make sure to use a tanning mitt when applying tan as there’s nothing worse than orange tan hands! I apply the mousse to the mitt then buff it into my skin, when it comes to my hands and feet I like to use a flat top buffing brush as I find it help apply it naturally and doesn’t give away that I’ve fake tanned.
The hardest part of tanning is your back, there are some back tanning mitts on the market but personally I don’t find they help. I always rope my boyfriend into doing my back and he’s quite the pro now! If you can try and somebody else to do it for you.
Face wise you can use the same tan as your body, however I like to use a separate tan that’s actually formulated for the face as I find normal tan just clogs my pores my go to is the St. Moriz Wash Off Face Tan – Medium Matte. This tan is instant so i just put this on in the morning as it doesn’t need any developing time.
Once I’ve woken up in the morning I then jump in the shower to wash off the tanning guard. I don’t use any shower gels or washes as I don’t want to disrupt the tan. Also make sure you don’t scrub at your skin. Once out of the shower I gently pat my skin dry with a towel and then I’m all done! On the first day of my tan I like to wear something a little loose fitting just to give the tan time to settle without getting disrupted.
Once a week or when needed I like to top my tan up in the evening with the St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mist – Medium . It’s an easy to use spray that I just mist over my body and pat in with my tanning mitt. This just helps to prolong my tan and makes it look like it was freshly done.
When you want to remove your tan all you simply need to do it scrub it off, I go back to the soap and glory scrub when I want to remove mine. I also really just using a hydrating shower gel with exfoliating gloves, this works great too. Your skin might feel a little bit dry after using a scrub all over so make sure to follow up with a good boy lotion.
And that it! My secret to faking a summer glow! What are your favourite fake tans?