How to Apply Fake Tan at Home?

How do the celebs look so gorgeously sun kissed all year round yet also free of sun damage to their skin? They fake it. And it’s about time you did too. We all know that we look far better with a bit of colour on our skin, but of course we don’t want to damage our skin with harmful UV rays, or end up with the ‘leather effect’ from spending too much time in the sun. If you can afford to spend the £30 odd pounds every couple of weeks to get a St Tropez or Tanning salon fake tan, then good for you. If like most of us you can’t, then start doing it at home.

Now, if you’ve tried fake tanning before, you are probably aware of how easy it is to get streaks or ‘tide lines’. After my first couple of attempts which left me looking like a diseased carrot, I decided I needed to take some positive action and find out how to do it right. First, you want to find a product that suits you, the market is inundated with fake tan creams, gels, sprays and lotions. You can play it safe by using a slow build tanning product, like Johnson’s self tanning lotion, or use a wash off product. But whatever you decide, there are a couple of simple rules you should follow.

Exfoliate: Get rid of all the dry skin cells and rough skin before you tan, it will make you look and feel far better. You can use a body scrub gel or cream, or use a loofah or body brush. Believe you me, it does make a difference.

Moisturise your skin after exfoliating to get it all lovely and silky, this will make the fake tan far easier to apply.

When applying the fake tan, using a tanning mitt will not only make it easier, but will also save your hands from going a peculiar shade of orange, which is a dead giveaway. After you have thoroughly rubbed all the lotion into your skin, wipe your knees, ankles, elbows and wrists well with a cloth, these areas of your body are where the fake tan gets into the creases, and it’s a dead giveaway. It’s also a good idea to wipe behind your knees and the inside of your arms, to give you a more natural tanned look.

A product I absolutely adore, and is an amazing time saver, is Sally Hansen Airbrush Body Tanner. It’s best if you can get a friend/sister to do it for you, but is also completely doable yourself. Just simply spray on your body, and hey presto, you’re a gorgeous tanned babe in an instant. It is available in different shades, so you can choose the exact tone you would like to be. It simply washes off afterwards.

So there you go, we can all be amazing sun kissed goddesses without damaging our precious skin, so let’s get to it!

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