Fake that Glow

Nothing makes you feel better than a golden glow, but if you’re not planning a summer holiday this year, help is at hand. Fake tan has come a long way in a short space of time and there are loads of products out there that will give you a lovely healthy tan, rather than giving you that just Tango’d look. Here are some tips for successful tanning:

Exfoliate

Before you tan, you should always exfoliate. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and helps to create an even surface for your tan. You can use an exfoliating scrub or an exfoliating glove; exfoliating can be a little uncomfortable, but it will leave your skin feeling lovely and soft.

Shop around

If you go to a high street chemist and browse the tan collection, you will probably be baffled and spoiled for choice. There are myriad brands and types of tan, including instant tan, spray, mousse and lotion. It is best to do a bit of research before you buy tanning products; look online to see which products are recommended by skincare and beauty experts and read reviews. Read the labels carefully and choose a product which suits your skin tone; if you have porcelain skin go for a light or medium tan, as the result will look much more natural than a darker product. If you want to use tan for a night out, go for an instant tan, which will wash off the day after; if you want a tan for longer, go for self-tan, which should last around 3-6 days.

Use a mitt

Fake that glow

There’s nothing worse than having a beautiful looking tan with orange hands, so always use a mitt to prevent the tan from dying the palms of your hands. Using a mitt to tan is also easier and quicker and the result is more even; mitts cost just a few pounds and they should last a long time.

Moisturise

Moisturise your skin to keep it feeling soft and to prolong your tan; it is also a good idea to moisturise your elbows, knees, hands and feet before you tan, as these areas tend to come out darker. If you plan to top up your tan, remember to exfoliate first.

Avoid water!

If you have just tanned, avoid showering or coming into contact with water for at least 3 hours; the water will make the tan run and you will get splash spots. If you are buying instant tan, try to buy a waterproof product; if you can’t find one, make sure to avoid washing your hands or going out in the rain until you have washed off the tan properly.

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