Achieve the perfect home fake tan
Haven't got the money to have a tan applied by a professional? ...here's my guide on how to achieve the perfect home fake tan
First and foremost always make sure if you have not used a fake tan before that you carry out a patch test to ensure you do not have any allergies to the ingredients. A patch test can be carried out by applying a little of the product to the crease on the inside of your arm or just behind the ear. If you have an allergy you will experience redness, itching and maybe a little swelling in the patch test area. Please follow packet instructions if this does happen.
Whether you are waxing, shaving or using hair removal cream always make sure u remove hair 24 hours prior to a tanning treatment. Hair removal will leave open pores affecting the overall results of the tan. It can also cause infections due to the fake tan entering open pores.
Shower and Exfoliate
Prior to any fake tan treatment you always need to make sure the skin is free from perfumes and oils. Exfoliating is key to achieving an even tan. Using an exfoliating scrub (if a matching one to your brand of tan is available this is normally the better one to choose) scrub all over the body, concentrating on areas such as the elbows, knees, underarms and ankles. These are the areas that tend to be the driest and will hold more tan. Make sure you DO NOT use a salt scrub or any other scrub containing too much oil prior to a tan as this will stop the tan from being applied evenly.
The next step in making sure your tan comes out evenly..moisturise. Apply moisturiser to feet (inc ankles), knees, hands (inc wrists), elbows and under arms. Like with the exfoliation these are the areas that tend to have the thicker dryer skin so extra care needs to be taken to make them as smooth and soft as possible. Make sure you apply a little extra cream to any areas that you personally find dry.
Applying the tan
A pair of surgical gloves is always a good idea if you want to avoid tango palms. Depending on the brand and type of the tan (I.E cream, mousse, mist) follow manufacturers instructions. But take special care to blend tan over knees, feet and hands. You don't want as much tan on these areas, if you can apply a little less to the insides of your arms also.This createS the illusion of a more natural tan. Make sure in the time you leave a tan on to develop that you wear dark loose clothing, For the ladies avoid wearing your bra if possible to avoid strap marks. Avoid applying deodorant and perfume as certain brands will react with fragrances and affect the pigment of the tan.One last thing to avoid whilst the tan is developing is to is exercise, anything that makes you sweat is risking your tan moving and coming out patchy.
Maintaining your tan
Once you have washed the tan off after development make sure you moisturise on a daily basis to prolong your tan for as long as possible. When showering make sure you avoid shower gels that include citris ingredients as the citric acid from these will strip the tan off. Avoid swimming pools also as chlorine Will cut the amount of time your tan lasts.Once a few days has passed start to scrub in the shower/bath to help the tan fade a little more evenly. But most imprtantly enjoy looking gorgeous and bronzed.
Now go..... get tanning
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