Tips for the perfect fake tan at home

Whether you go to your favourite beauty salon or do it yourself at home, a tan will always cheer up your skin and give you a lift.

Whether you go to your favourite beauty salon or do it yourself at home, a tan will always cheer up your skin and give you a lift.

The fake tan market is huge and every year a new tan seems to hit the market. My advice is to ask friends what they use and try a little of their favourite. Test it on a small patch of your skin to see if the colour suits you and more importantly to see if you have any kind of reaction to it.

The key to getting the perfect fake tan at home or from the salon is in the preparation and after care. Exfoliate and moisturise your skin daily in the lead up to the application of fake tan but on the day you are applying your fake tan ensure that your skin is free of any creams, deodorants or perfume. When exfoliating use a scrub that contains salt or sugar. Don’t use scrubs that have oil in them as it will leave a residue on your skin. If you are not sure if the exfoliator you are using contains oil just wash off your skin with regular body wash to remove any residue. You could use exfoliating gloves or a loafer as well if you like.

Apply a coat of nail polish to your finger and toe nails as this will prevent the tan from staining your nails and nail beds. On your feet, ankles, knees, elbows and hands apply an oil-free moisturiser as the skin is usually drier in these areas and will affect how the end result of the tan looks. Apply a little petroleum jelly on your eyebrows to prevent the tan from discolouring your eyebrows. If you have dark circles around your eyes, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to avoid the tan darkening the circles.

Follow the guidelines on the bottle when applying fake tan at home. Some say apply in a circular motion, others long strokes. Every manufacturer has their own way to apply their product. Just give yourself time and lots of light when applying your fake tan and always use a tanning mitt. When applying tan to your hands do so after the mitt is removed and you have washed your hands. Apply moisturiser and once that is rubbed in put a blob of fake tan on the backs of your hands and rub the backs together, feather onto your fingers, in between the webs of your fingers and blend into your wrist. By doing this you won’t have white hands or very dark hands for that matter. On fake tan tell-tale areas such as the feet and hands, use a dry face cloth to buff up these areas and remove any excess fake tan.