Tips and Tricks for a perfect Tan

Tips and Tricks for a perfect Tan


We’re getting into the better weather, which means tanning season is upon us once again. Over the past month I have managed to get myself into a good routine of weekly tanning. I’m not sure how long this routine will last due to me being lazy, but I’m definitely loving being a tanned goddess! So today I thought I would share my tanning routine with you, in case any of you are hoping to do the same. So without further ado, here are my tips and tricks for a perfect tan.

Step 1- Exfoliate

The first step to achieving a decent fake tan, is definitely exfoliating! Exfoliating helps to get rid of dead skin, old tan and leaves your skin silky smooth. I’ve never been one to stick to a specific exfoliator. Recently I’ve been using either the Sanctuary Body Scrub or my home-made Coffee Scrub. The Sanctuary Body Scrub is quite gentle so I use it for a general exfoliation the morning before I tan, and I reach for my coffee scrub when I need to remove old tan due to it being a lot rougher.

Tips and Tricks for a perfect Tan

Step 2- Moisturise

I used to skip this step, but I’ve definitely come to realise the importance of moisturising before tanning. The most important thing for you to remember is to not moisturise right before you tan, as this will act as a barrier between your skin and the tan, and will result in it being streaky. What I like to do is moisturise myself top-to-toe the morning before I tan (as I always tan at night). I don’t like to use anything too heavy, I generally reach for a body lotion, however I love to use a heavy body butter on my dry patches: my knees and elbows. If you have extremely dry knees and elbows, you might want to apply the tiniest amount of moisturiser to these areas just before you tan to stop the tan coming out too dark on these areas.

Tips and Tricks for a perfect Tan

Step 3- Tan my body

Now onto the fun part- the tanning. I always start at the bottom of my body and work my way up. At the minute I’m using Bondi Sands Foam Dark. I’ve been using this for about a year now and it’s seriously the best tan I’ve ever used. As I’ve mentioned, I like to start from the bottom of my body, so to begin with I tan my lower legs and feet and then I work my way up. I use two pumps for each body part (4 in total for each of my legs) and work it in using a mitt. Then I leave my tan to dry for about 15 minutes before chucking on a dressing gown.

Step 4- Tan my face

My final step in tanning, is my face. I know a lot of people either use their body tan or skip their face entirely, but there’s no way I can do that. And in case you are wondering why you shouldn’t use the same tan that you use for the rest of your body, it’s pretty simple: it’s far too heavy. The skin on our face is a lot more porous than the rest of our body so it will result in a really dark tan that highlights our pours and lines.

So I personally like to use Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tan. At £20 you might consider it slightly pricey, but trust me, this stuff lasts ages. I apply this at night, right before I go to bed (make sure you brush your teeth beforehand) and let it develop over night. Sometimes I’ll add another layer the next morning depending on the desired colour. Another tip: use this on your hands! I find most tans make my hands look really orange and streaky, so instead I apply this at the same time as my face. My hands receive a beautiful golden tan!

Tips and Tricks for a perfect Tan

Step 5- Maintain my tan

Maintaining my tan is the hardest part, and I definitely couldn’t go more than a week without reapplying. My face and my hands tend to fade quickest, but they are easily topped up. My body on the other hand is a little trickier. The first trick, is to use a very gentle exfoliating product each day in the shower. And when I say gentle, I don’t mean the Sanctuary scrub I mentioned earlier, rather a shower gel with some exfoliating properties. This will keep you skin smooth, and will ensure your tan fades naturally and evenly.

The next trick, is to moisturise daily. Fake tanning can really dry out your skin, especially if you use foams, and this will cause your tan to develop a scaly appearance. Moisturising will help prevent this.

What tanning products do you like to use?


Tips and Tricks for a perfect Tan

  • I don’t fake tan that often because whatever I do I ALWAYS go streaky. Maybe I should try these tips next time!

    Lauren x Huggled

  • Some handy tips, I do find the whole tanning process ‘stressful’ when to do what and when but I’ve been using a few products recently that have really help and couldn’t agree more about the moisturising.


  • Stacey

    I haven’t fake tanned in so long. I tried it a couple of times a few years back and it went so badly I never bothered again. I do occasionally go for a spray tan but on the whole I just accept that I’m going to be ghostly pale. It sounds like you’ve got your technique down to an art though.

  • Great tips! I’m only just getting the hang of fake tanning so I’m totally new to the whole thing. Luckily my boyfriend trained in dance so he’s a pro at applying it, but I never even knew to exfoliate before I put it on!
    I’ve been using the Bondi Sands dry oil which I really like as I only have to wait a few minutes for it to dry and then I can jump into bed without having to faff around showering it off or anything – perfect for the evenings! XO
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  • Amy Eade

    These are great tips – I’ve just got into a tanning routine for summer and pleased I’ve stuck with it so far! One thing I’m always worried of tanning is my face because I’m worried it’ll go streaky haha!
    Amy xx

  • happywiseowl

    Dare I admit…I’ve never fake tanned! I just know I would be a disaster at it but there’s some good tips here.
    Em x

  • Tea Party Beauty

    I wish I could be bothered with tanning, as my legs are so pasty. I support embracing the pale – but only cos I am too lazy to not embrace it haha.

    I used to hate when I did tan and I would forget to exfoliate beforehand, it’s such a small step that makes all the difference.

  • Holly

    I was just posting about this today! I definitely need to tan more often, I look like casper the ghost with teeth haha xx

  • I am absolutely terrified of fake tanning NGL! Purely cos I’m so pale I’m so scared of it going around haha

    if I ever dare to use it these are great tips for a beginner!

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  • Some fab tips here Lauren, thank you for sharing! Your photography game is also amazing, props to you for some gorgeous pics! I am not a fake tanner, I’ve never even tried it as I’m scared of going orange, but I may well try out some of your recommendation if i’m feeling brave! Thank you for sharing!

    Abbey 💗

  • I feel like I’m in the minority in that I’ve never used fake tan as I’ve always had a decent tan being from Gibraltar, but having lived in the UK I deffo need an extra boost! Thanks for the tips xx


  • I have never used fake tan before but these seem like great tips. I love your photography, by the way!

  • I love posts like these because I’m quite a newbie to tanning, I mean I’ve tried to tan in the past and I think I know how to do it but any post like this with tips and tricks is a life saver, thats something I’m always open to! Great post beautiful xxx

  • I love posts like these! I’m a bit of a newbie to tanning and I’ve had my fair share of streaky stories haha! These tips seem fab!

    Katie x

  • I don’t really tan at all but these are some great tips for those that do or are new to tanning! X

    Kayleigh Zara

  • Lucy

    I tan quite regularly and have a routine down to a T however the last couple weeks (been poorly) I haven’t tanned… I have just been inspired to go exfoliate and get ready to tan tomorrow morning xxxxxxx

  • Sian…

    I’ve never actually used fake tan but I’m so ridiculously pale, I think I need to start using it! I love how detailed your tips and tricks are! Definitely will be using these as a total novice!

    Sian x

  • I’ve never used fake tan but considering for the weddings I am attending in the Summer just to give me a bit of colour.

    Steph xx

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