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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.
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.
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!
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?
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