When it comes to tanning, it can be a little hard work sometimes. You have to do the whole sha-bang for it come out perfectly. It’s like when I get a fake tan from the lady that usually does it, she sends through a guide of prepping your skin for tanning. It’s so handy knowing these steps, so you never make a mess out of it. You want the sun-kissed bronzed tan with no lines, streaks or any dodgy colouring. It does take time, but it’s totally worth it.
YOU’VE GOT TO SCRUB A DUB DUB
E-X-F-O-L-I-A-T-E. Not just your legs or your arms – you’re whole freaking body girl. This will remove any dead skin cells and create a smooth base for the tan to sit on. I like to use the exfoliating gloves, which you can pick up from The Body Shop or your local Tescos. Anywhere really, but these are the two places I’ve managed to pick mine up from previously. When scrubbing your skin, just pay extra attention to your elbows, ankles and knees as these can be the real dry spots.
SHAVING IN THE BATH TUB
Make sure you shave 24 HOURS BEFORE APPLYING YOUR TAN. This is so the skin is calm and if you managed to cut yourself whilst doing so, at least it allows your skin to heel if needed. Also if you decide to shave/wax too close to the time of your tan, the fake tan will just sit in the pores you have opened by removing the hair.
YOU’LL HAVE TO STINK FOR THE TIME BEING
Lol. Before application, don’t use any deodorants, perfumes, moisturiser because if you do it’ll make you look like a bit of patch work. It will not sit evenly on the skin, and you will look ridiculous. It’s so hard not to apply deodorant, as I cannot stand it – but just don’t bloody do it.
DON’T SETTLE FOR ANY TAN
Not every tan is for every skin type. A lot of people love St Tropez tan for example, however others find it’s useless on their skin. Not only is it for brands you need to research on, it’s also what shade you should be going. You could apply a tan that’s been used on a friend that looks amazing on them, but could come out blotchy on you or even too dark. Always settle for the lighter tone and then try the darker next time, unless you get some professional help.
INSTANT TAN OR GRADUAL?
This is something that can be really helpful. If you’ve got an event coming up, it’s handy to use a gradual tan so you can build it up until you think it’s enough. However if you want an instant tan, you can get ones that are up to just an hour to set and be ready to show off to the world.
FORGET THE CIRCULAR MOTION – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SWEEP
Ok, that may have sounded a little creepy. However, you beauty lovers will know exactly what I mean. When applying a lot of formulas onto our skin, it’s best known to use circular motions to get it even and set. However if you use the sweep motion this will allow the product to evenly distribute the product onto the skin. You don’t want to be scrubbing it into the skin, it’s allowing the product to sit on the skin evenly and to set.
WHEN IT’S COMPLETE
*Best feeling ever*. However many times you have to look in the mirror to look at your behind, and bend in the most weirdest ways to get the right angle. You want to allow the product to set without having any tight clothing on. You want all loose clothing, I even go around the house without pants on – just a baggy sweater/pj bottoms or even my dressing gown. You don’t want to be wearing a bra! When it comes to turning the tap on, be careful it doesn’t spray everywhere – that’s so annoying when it happens. Just be well aware of everything that can turn the tan dodgy. No deodorant still or perfumes either.
In this post I have used the SkinnyTan. It’s actually the SkinnyTan Mousse in the shade DARK. This was a total experiment for me, I hadn’t used tan is such a long time before this, but the dark looked really good considering. I use to be such a sucker for fake tan, in the days I use to go out – USE TO I SAID. I’d highly recommend this, I use to use the St Tropez and never thought I’d get away from it. However, SkinnyTan is in the league I’m afraid. It is a little pricey compared to St Tropez, but it’s so totally worth it. Like for someone myself, that wouldn’t use it every day.
What’s your favourite fake tan?
P.S THIS IS FIVE DAYS AFTER APPLICATION
*SkinnyTan did gift me the products, all opinions are my own when tried & tested.*