Sunday, 8 May 2011

Perfect tanning - a guide on how to apply fake tan

I have been reviewing quite a few fake tans recently so thought it was only fair to do a guide on getting the perfect fake tan. Not only will it be helping my lovely readers get a result that will make them feel extra specially beautiful but it will also be keeping you out of the sun and we all know the damage that the sun can do to your skin. From white streaks, orange patches and black elbows there are many tale tell signs that someone’s golden tan came from a bottle so here is the Beauty Truths method of getting the perfect fake tan.

It all starts the day before you are going to tan. If you want to shave or wax any part of you now is the time to do it.

Before you get in the shower or bath use a body brush all over your skin. Start at you feet and work upwards in circular motions. This is also really good for areas with cellulite as it helps to improve circulation and break down fat.

In the shower or bath exfoliate as if your life depended on it. Avoid exfoliates that have any oils or moisturisers in them as they will stop the tan soaking into your skin.  Pay special attention to problem areas, elbows, knees, ankles and wrists and make sure you rinse every drop of exfoliator off you.

Once you have got out of the bath or shower give yourself at least twenty minutes to cool down and dry off.

Use a hair band or clip to secure your hair out of the way and make sure you have some baby wipes on standby.

Lightly moisturise elbows, wrists, knees and ankles, also heavily moisturise your feet and the sides of your feet, toes also.

Stand on a towel, preferably not your best one and definitely not a white one.

Always use gloves or a tan mitt and start at your feet, working your way up symmetrically. If you are using a tan with a guide colour it is easy to see if you have missed anywhere. If your tan doesn’t have a guide colour, try and be systematic with how you apply tan. Section your body off, so left bottom leg, right bottom leg, left top leg, right top leg etc.

If you can’t reach your back, spray or smear some tan onto a long strip of cling film. Hold either end behind you and pull forward so the cling film with the tan on goes all over your back.

Mix in a little moisturiser with some of the tan for your face as you want it to be a couple of shades lighter to look natural.

When you have finished, take of the gloves and use a tan and moisturiser mix on the back of your hands. Use a baby wipe to clean up your palms, in-between your fingers and nails.

Lightly moisturise your feet, ankles, knees and elbows again.

Wait for ten minutes before getting dressed and wear as light fitting clothes as possible, it is best to avoid light colours.

If you can tan at night then you have the whole night to let it develop and you can rise off the guide colour in the morning. If not leave it for at least six hours before showering.

Never apply fake tan two days in a row, stick to every other day until you get the desired shade then once every four days. Avoid long hot baths as this tends to draw the tan out and the colder you can face showers the better. 

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