Avoid tell-tale signs you’re faking it with our tips for self-tan success
It may sound like an obvious hint but trying to regularly keep your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting the (fake tan) bottle. Try to follow the mantra and moisturise every day when you step out the shower or before you hit the sack. Patchy, dry skin just wont respond well to a faux glow.
Were sure youve heard this one many times before, but we cant stress enough just how important it is to gently scrub skin before you tan, to lift all those dead skin cells and reveal revitalised, ready-to-tan skin beneath. Applying fake tan to dry, uneven skin will simply leave you patch-tastic and desperate to cover up, not show off those pins. Once you’re over your tan, make sure you learn how to remove fake tan properly with exfoliation too. There’s nothing worse than patchy skin.
Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturiser before you fake it, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your tan enhancer. Be sure to pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet any areas that can get dry and need extra moisture.
The tell-tale sign youve been cheating is so often the orange-tinted palms which, unless you want to don gloves in summer, are impossible to hide. To avoid that beacon glow and grubby fingernails, get into the habit of applying tan wearing latex gloves. Yes, it seems foreign at first, but after a couple of applications itll become second nature. Remove the gloves and use cotton wool pads to apply a small amount of tan to the back of each hand.
Unless you have a dedicated other half to ensure your back is bronzed, tanning your back solo seems like an impossible mission. Fake tan experts St Tropez have literally thought of everything and introduced a back spatula to reach those nooks and crannies we would never get to otherwise.
A great tan tip, but one to work behind closed doors, is dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line. Tanning the face should be treated with caution and dabbing the jelly means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy tide marks appearing in these areas.
When St Tropez professionals want to ensure a tan is perfectly applied and avoid any sign of patchiness, they don a buffing mitt and gently dab away at any build up of tan, to spread it evenly and avoid varying shades. A snip at £3.50, use this after applying lotion or spray.
In an ideal world we would be able to wander around in the buff post-fake tan, but in reality its a quick slap of lotion on the pins before we rush out the door. The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe favourites. So, be sure to throw on a jersey LBD and keep legs bare to optimise your tan potential.
If it all goes horribly wrong and you are left with distinctly orange palms, dont panic, there is a solution. Tanning experts St Tropez have created the fake tan version of the eraser pen, a super-easy way to remove embarrassing stains from your hands. Simply rub in and use wipes to remove those tell-tale signs.
Now your tan has developed and youre happy with the results, the work doesnt stop there! Stay glowing for longer by maintaining a strict routine (yes, we know, being beautiful is time-consuming!) of gentle exfoliation and lots more moisturising. And if youre starting to pale into insignificance, then do a tan top-up.