Monday, 28 April 2014

A Simple Guide To Fake Tan

So it's that time of year again when the days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and the time for tan is now!

I am a huge lover of self tanning and so thought I would write a little blog post to share the Dos and Don'ts that I have picked up over the years. I think that giving yourself an even natural tan is a great skill to have because it keeps your skin looking healthy and natural (because you don't need to hop on the sun beds or fry yourself in the sun) and it also saves you money because if you can do it at home you don't need to pop out to get a spray tan, which can cost quite a few pennies! I'm not going to say that this is the perfect method or one which everyone should use, it's just what I personally feels works best, for me at least, after many trials and tribulations!

Expose fake tan mouse/ Soap and Glory body scrunchy/ Dry body brush/ Soap and Glory Butter Yourself body wash/ fake tan application mitten.

My first tip is that you can't exfoliate enough!!! Exfoliating is key to a good fake tan, but it is also great for your skin anyway. I tend to use a scrunchy in the shower with my body wash everyday and I usually exfoliate my entire body twice a week with a dry body brush before I shower. It's a great way to get rid of dead skin cells and really even out the tone of your body. 

Once I've exfoliated/showered I pat myself dry and apply moisturiser all over paying special attention to areas such as my elbows, backs of my knees, ankles and wrists. These are the places that fake tan tends to settle more as these areas are usually dryer than the rest of your body and have fine lines that the tan can sit in. 

I have used various forms of fake tanning products over the years but my favorite form of fake tan has to be a mouse. It is the only form that I have found that spreads out evenly and drys quickly without leaving streak marks. I always always always apply my tan with a glove. Using your hands, I find, never leaves a streak free finish and washing them afterwards is a complete nightmare! 

I tend to apply my tan from my feet upwards finishing with a light application on my face. Once I have tanned my whole body I usually only have wait between five and ten minuets and then I am completely dry, another plus I found from using a mouse. 

So that's it, my simple tried and tested way to achieve a streak free, self applied fake tan. Hope this  has helped to any of you wanting to start your fake tan applications to get practising for the summer!

Do you have any tips on self fake tan? Which fake tan products do you use?

Maddy x
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