If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I do love a good tan. Luckily I do tan quite well naturally so this means I only have to turn to fake tan for half the year. Though we're now approaching those colder months, so this means the fake tan is back out in force. Of course I realise that there must be some of you who are in the same position as me and realising it had been a while since I'd done a tanning tips post, so here we are. Fake tan can send scare the bejesus out of people. Of course we've probably all mostly seen Snog, Marry, Avoid or even just watched Charlie and The Chocolate factory. No one wants to look like an oompa loompa. Something I have to say though is that fake tan can be tricky, heck I've had some right disasters. One time some girls shouted 'ORANGE LEGS' at me in the street. That was nice. But after years of tanning I do follow a bit of a routine...
en Exfoliate: Even if you're starting from pale skin, you need to exfoliate before slapping on the tan. My favourite thing to use is exfoliating gloves ( you can pick them up cheap from Boots, Tesco, Superdrug, Primark) and a good old foamy shower gel. I also like to use a exfoliator too, the Soap & Glory ones are amazing. I scrub all my old tan off and take away any dead skin cells. Dead skin cells and dry skin can make your tan patchy, so don't you go thinking that exfoliating isn't important missy unless you like the lizard look.
Tanning: Next is the tanning, the important bit. My favourite three tans are Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe (Ultra Dark), Xen Tan Dark Lotion and the St.Moritz Dark Mousse. Now you may of guessed, I like a dark tan! However there are lighter tans out there but what I know most about is dark tans. Xen Tan is my favourite tan brand, their products don't smell of biscuits and give you a natural holiday colour. They also last for a good six days without patching which is so good! For those on a budget St.Mortiz does the job, it doesn't last as long but I've heard the lotion is quite good. Not bad considering it's a tan you get change from a fiver from.
The Upkeep: One thing I swear by is moisturising. Keeping your skin moisturised means that your tan lasts longer, usually about 3/4 days after I've tanned I can see it fading a little so I'll apply a gradual tanner to top it up and freshen it up. It's a little secret of mine!
My other tips when tanning would be to make sure you do it before bed and sleep in it, it will develop properly that way and won't get on your clothes. Wear a onesie over the top to save your bedsheets! Always tan your face too and use a face tanner for that one. My current favourite is by Clarins. Finally those tricky hands, mix a tiny bit of tan and gradual tanner together and massage onto your hands. Do not apply just fake tan on them, or you will get orange hands!
So I hope those tips may of been helpful! I do sometimes still get it wrong now when it comes to tanning, but practise makes perfect! I hope you've all had a great day and are having a great week! It was pretty busy at work today as we have a fashion show next week, so I've been a busy bee doing stuff for that! Hope you've all had a better day!