A golden tan can wipe years off your complexion and trim inches from your waistline. But if you want to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun, the only safe glow is one that comes from a bottle.
To get the tan of your dreams though there are a few very important rules to follow before you even start to glow!
DON'T SKIP THE PREP
Exfoliation with a coffee body scrub is an absolute must for creating the perfect tan! And the proper tools are crucial for long-lasting results. Whether you're self-tanning your face or body, you must exfoliate first. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, unclogs your pores and prevents and uneven skin tone.
CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
Before applying your fake tan it is very important to have clean skin. Make sure you have thoroughly removed all residual dust, dirt and any oils as well as any dry skin/dead skin cells.
MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE AND THEN MOISTURISE SOME MORE
By making sure your skin is well moisturised and hydrated you will have a better chance of applying an even self-tan that lasts. Use an oil free moisturiser to make sure that it doesn’t create a barrier to the fake tan.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR LINE AND EYEBROWS
If you have fair hair and eyebrows prevent them from being stained by the fake tan by applying a little Vaseline or any other barrier cream to the hairline and the eyebrows. Remember, ensuring you have the best fake tan ever means paying attention to details.
If you are going to shave or wax, then do this 24hrs before applying the fake tan as these processes open the pores and the tanning lotion can seep into the pores making your skin look spotty.
If you are applying fake tan in the evening then make sure you brush your teeth first. Brushing your teeth just before you go to bed shortly after applying self- tan can wash it away and leave you with unsightly patches of white around your mouth.
Moisturise at least a couple of hours before you apply the tan in order for the moisturiser to be well absorbed.
To keep a fake tan looking flawless for days, remember that water is the enemy. Take short, cool showers, then pat, don't rub, yourself dry.