After watching this hilarious video I thought tanning tips are a must. So here are my Top 10 Stripper Fake Tan Tips, to not look like you have fisted your dad! LOL
FAKE TAN TIP 1: SCRUB UP
Exfoliate, exfoliate exfoliate! This will remove dead skin cells and create a smooth and uniform surface on the skin for the tan to be applied to, which will in turn result in an even golden colour.
Steer clear of exfoliators that contain oils, as these will only act as a film on the skin and while wonderful for locking in moisture, aren’t ideal for tanning. We love The Sanctuary Spa Hot Sugar Scrub, £13 and Philosophy Scrubs.
FAKE TAN TIP 2: WAXING OR SHAVING
Any hair removal should be carried out 24 hours prior to tanning. This is done to ensure the skin has calmed and any cuts have healed.
FAKE TAN TIP 3: BE MOISTURISER SAVVY
On the day of your tan application, be it at home or in a salon, don’t moisturise your body, or wear deodorant or perfume.
FAKE TAN TIP 4: WATER WORKS
If you’re tanning at home and shower just before your tan application, blast your skin with cold water before you get out of the shower – it might wake you up a little yes, but it will also shrink all of your pores and therefore reduce the chance of them getting blocked.
FAKE TAN TIP 5: HELLO, ALOE, VERA
Moisturise your hands, elbows, knees and feet as well as your nails with an aloe vera based moisturiser (I love St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser, £10 and The Body Shop Aloe Body Butter, £15 – ideal for use when dark tanning).
FAKE TAN TIP 6: COLOUR MATCH
With tan I am a firm believer in you really get what you pay for and if you opt for a brand that specialises in tanning, then you’re sure to get better results than from a brand that has one or two products in its skincare line that contain self tan.
I absolutely love St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, £30.50 – it’s quick-drying, an absolute doddle to apply and is an intelligent tan – matching with the user's skin tones and reacting with their amino acids to develop into a shade that is reflective of the individual, i.e. no orange or luminous fake looking tans – just faux-glow. But another cheaper and still effective option is St. Moriz Mouse only £4.99
FAKE TAN TIP 7: TAN TYPES
It’s also about personal preference vs format of tan rather than shade sometimes.
A lotion or tanning oil is the most hydrating to the skin, a mousse is the quickest to dry and in my opinion the easiest to apply, and a spray is the closest thing you’ll get to a spray tan.
Self tans take 8-12 hours to develop, gradual tans build up day on day to deepen colour and are great for first time tanners, instant tans are non-committal tans and wash away with warm soap and water – they’re like the tanning world's answer to body makeup, and then the latest tans on the market are express tans – with a development time of 1-3 hours these have changed the way in which we are tanning.
FAKE TAN TIP 8: TANNING APPLICATION TIPS
Always apply using an applicator mitt: pump your product onto the mitt and apply to the skin using circular motions - remember you want to evenly distribute the product.
Start at the ankles and work your way up.
FAKE TAN TIP 9: FACE TANNING
When it comes to your face, I like to mix the self tan with a small amount of moisturiser to just soften the formula to minimise the chance of breakouts.
Mix the two together on the mitt and gently apply to the face. For hands and feet, use the leftover residue product on the mitt from your body application and just sweep over once. That is enough! Wipe your nails, palms and brows after application and apply some aloe vera based moisturiser (as before), at the bottom of your wrists and buff in using a buffing mitt to minimise the chance of a tanning sleeve.
FAKE TAN TIP 10: SKIN FINISHING SCHOOL
Sculpting and highlighting.
Add additional tan to the area you want shaded – so underneath the collarbones, cleavage, and the outer torso and in between the thighs. If you’re pushed for time, do this with a bronzer. Then highlight your tan with an illuminator, applying lashings to your shoulders, collarbones, cheekbones, and the front of your legs to create sheen and definition.