The Dos and Don’ts of Fake Tanning

We all know that sunbathing is an absolute no these days and besides with the cooler climate, December is not really a time for sunbathing BUT here’s the dilemma- golden skin is a great way to boost your confidence and make you look and feel glamorous. Thankfully, there is a wider selection of tanning products and tools than ever before to ensure you can become the bronzed goddess of your dreams. So, which of today’s types of tans is perfect for you? From mousses to lotions to spray tans, it can be an overwhelming process. Thankfully, tanning expert Elvie who is based at our Jumeirah branch has some advice.

Preparation really is so important when it comes to tanning and an area of beauty care that really gets overlooked. Without it, you can end up with streaks and uneven colour fade. Put in the effort before your tan and you’ll reap the rewards during your self-tan’s lifecycle.

FAKE TAN TIP 1: EXFOLIATE BEFORE FAKE TAN

This will remove dead skin cells and create a smooth and uniform surface on the skin for the tan to be applied to, which will in turn result in an even golden colour, but stay clear of exfoliators that contain oils, as these will only act as a film on the skin and while wonderful for locking in moisture, aren’t ideal for tanning.

FAKE TAN TIP 2: DO HAIR REMOVAL 24 HOURS BEFORE TANNING

This is done to ensure the skin has calmed and any cuts have healed

FAKE TAN TIP 3: AVOID MOISTURISER WHEN YOU’RE SELF TANNING

On the day of your tan application, whether at-home or in a salon, don’t moisturise your body or wear deodorant or perfume and don’t use a facial oil on the morning of tanning.

FAKE TAN TIP 4: WHEN TO SHOWER BEFORE FAKE TAN

If you’re tanning at home and shower just before your tan application, blast your skin with cold water before you get out. It will also shrink all of your pores and therefore reduce the chance of them getting blocked.

FAKE TAN TIP 5: MOISTURISE WITH ALOE VERA

Moisturise your hands, elbows, knees and feet as well as your nails with an aloe vera based moisturiser as this will stop them from absorbing tan and changing colour.

FAKE TAN TIP 6: INVEST IN A SPECIALIST BRAND

Choose a brand that specialises in tanning, then you’re sure to get better results than from a brand that has one or two products in its skincare line that contain self-tan.

FAKE TAN TIP 7: CHOOSE YOUR TAN TYPE CAREFULLY

It’s also about personal preference vs format of tan rather than shade sometimes. A lotion or tanning oil is the most hydrating to the skin, a mousse is the quickest to dry and in my opinion the easiest to apply, and a spray is the closest thing you’ll get to a spray tan.

FAKE TAN TIP 8: USE A MITT

Always apply using an applicator mitt: pump your product onto the mitt and apply to the skin using sweeping motions, rather than circular motions to evenly distribute the product. Start at the ankles and work your way up.

FAKE TAN TIP 9: APPROACH YOUR FACE DIFFERENTLY TO YOUR BODY

When it comes to your face, mix the self-tan with a small amount of moisturiser to just soften the formula and minimise the chance of breakouts.

FAKE TAN TIP 10: CONTOUR IF YOU CAN

Add additional tan to the area you want shaded – so underneath the collarbones, underneath the bicep indent, the outer torso and in between the thighs. For an extra special glow, try highlighting your tan with an illuminator on areas such as shoulders,  cheekbones and shin bones to create a sheen and definition

 

Secrets of a Successful Spray Tan

Few things have the beautifying effect associated with the golden glow of a tan. But given the scary stats on sun exposure, a spray tan is a healthier and safer option. For those who have never ventured into a tanning salon, there are a few must-do rules to ensure you achieve a long-lasting tan with a beautiful fade. 

First of all ensure you remove all makeup and any deodorant, which may act as a barrier to the fake tan formula. Before she starts, the therapist may ask you “how deep” you want to go. This is your chance to explain what result you want to achieve in terms of colour. It also helps for them to know the occasion your spray tan is for, i.e. if it’s a two-week holiday you may want to go a deeper shade so it lasts longer, or if it’s for a wedding the very next day, you may want to stay lighter so it will appear as natural as possible.

The therapist may ask you to stand a certain way, such as “left arm up, right arm forwards while you bend your knees” as this will ensure the spray tan will be as streak-free as possible, with the best coverage. When you’re dry you can get dressed, ideally in loose, dark clothing and nothing that may rub the tan off, such as tight jeans or shoes. You may smell a little bit like malty biscuits but the latest generation of spray tans are not anything as potent as those of the past. Apply perfume to your clothes, not your skin, if you want to disguise it. In general, you can shower after 6-8 hours, or less if you have a tan with an ‘express’ formula – and be aware that if you’re planning on washing it off the next morning you may not want to sleep on white bedsheets as they may be stained!

For the longest-lasting result and an even fade, be sure to apply moisturizer (use one recommended by the spray tanner) after your shower.

If you want to look more glamorous, as well as thinner and healthier, why not book this in-salon pick-me-up, particularly with party season just around the corner!

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