7 Self-Tanner Tips That Will Make Your Fake Tan Look Real

REFRESH YOUR SELF-TAN KNOWLEDGE

 

Summer is fast approaching in the Southern Hemisphere and it’s time to get our tan on! We all want to be sunkissed, beachy and bronzed but we also understand that it’s not wise to lay out in the sun all day, every day, even when we’re layered up with sunscreen. Not to mention the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that it can cause. But that’s why we love fake tan. Self-tan is quicker, convenient, just as relaxing and we can get a beautiful, bronzed glow safely.

 

It’s time to refresh our self-tan knowledge ready for the upcoming summer season. Here are 7 self-tan tips that will make your fake tan look like the real deal.

EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE

 

Preparation is key when it comes to self-tanning because you want your skin to be as smooth and as texture free as possible. Think about applying makeup to an un-cleansed, un-moisturized face. Chances are your makeup isn’t going to sit as effortlessly! The same rule can be applied to your self-tanning routine. Exfoliation helps to scrub and buff away dry skin, residue and any traces of old fake tan. Therefore, creating an even canvas for your fake tan to be flawlessly applied to. We love the Sunescape Exfoliating Body Polish as it is infused with an AHA fruit blend that will lift and remove dead skin cells while the Avocado Oils, Macadamia and Coconut Milk hydrate and illuminate the skin ahead of tanning.

SHAVE OR WAX 24 HOURS BEFORE TANNING

 

Part of creating a smooth canvas for your fake tan is hair removal. The tan can catch on the hair and disrupt an even distribution. More importantly though, when we carry out hair removal the hair follicles open up and the skin can be left unsettled. Leaving hair removal to 24 hours before we kick start the self-tanning process means that we are giving the skin enough time to calm and for the hair follicles to close. This will avoid random tan spots, specks and patches.

SUPER DRY AREAS NEED SUPER EXTRA PREP

 

Dry skin can appear to be more prominent in some areas than others such as the elbows, hands, knees and feet. For this reason, these specific parts of the skin need some extra love and attention in the prep stage. Moisturizer can be applied to these areas right before you tan and can assist in allowing the solution to blend seamlessly. Ultimately this helps to avoid the *yikes* deep orange patches around the knuckles and elbows. A great option for this step would be the Ecoya Hand & Body Lotion. It’s enriched with Vitamin E, Coconut & Almond Oils and Macadamia that will leave you with hydrated, supple and gorgeous smelling skin.

HOWEVER, LEAVE ENOUGH TIME BETWEEN MOISTURISING THE FULL BODY AND FAKE TANNING

 

Like exfoliation and hair removal, moisturizing the whole body is incredibly important 24 hours before self-tanning but not right before. This is because your moisturizer can create a layer over the skin which prevents the tanning formula from developing properly. This is of course with the exception of the drier parts of your body. These areas will still need a light layer of moisturizer ahead of application.

 

USE A MITT TO APPLY YOUR TAN

 

Streaky lines and patches are the two main giveaways for your tan not looking like a natural one. While formula can play a huge role in this, the evolution of the tanning mitt has been fantastic. This means that we can purchase them in all different shapes, sizes and textures to suit our tanning needs and to produce the most wonderful all over glowy even tan. Plus it allows us to say bye-bye to stained hands and fingers! The Bondi Sands Tanning Mitt is a washable and reusable tanning mitt designed to give you an impeccable, streak-free tan and will leave your hands stain free.

DO NOT WEAR PERFUME OR DEODORANT RIGHT BEFORE OR STRAIGHT AFTER APPLYING YOUR TAN!

 

Perfumes and deodorants are products that you want to avoid using both right before and after the self-tanning process. This is because they can disrupt the development of your tan. When mixed with the tanning solution, perfumes can act as a barrier and disrupt an even finish. Similarly, where deodorant is placed under the arms, the tan has difficulty developing in that area and in some cases can cause the tan to turn green.

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