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The best fake tanning tips for an even, golden glow

By MiNDFOOD

The best fake tanning tips for an even, golden glow
Fake tan products have come a long way.

Previous frustrations like unnaturally orange colour and uneven fading are mostly minimised thanks to new innovations and there are options to suit everyone, depending on the kind of application – and effort level – you prefer and when you need results. Hydrating lotions and creams are better for those with sensitive or dry skin, foams and mousses give quick results while tan ‘eraser’ products help remove the remnants when colour wears off after several days. 

  1. Never shave or wax straight before tanning -it will open your pores and give that ‘speckled egg’ look. Instead do it the day before.
  2. Exfoliate first, but if you’re using a product, ensure it’s free of any oils – a harder task than you might expect. It’s sometimes easier to use an exfoliating glove to ensure there is no barrier between your skin and the tan colour.
  3. Always use a tanning mitt to apply your tan for an even finish. Apply to the centre of mitt and then clench your fist so the product is distributed evenly before applying to skin. For a smooth, fast application, use a mitt on each hand.
  4. Apply a small amount of moisturiser to the hairline, eyebrows and any dry patches on your body like elbows and ankles prior to starting, will ensure colour isn’t patchy or obvious afterwards.
  5. To reach your back, slide a tanning mitt onto a spatula and secure with a hair tie before applying product and rubbing it in.
  6. Leave your elbows, knees, hands and feet until last and use the excess left on your mitt after doing your legs or body rather than adding any more product.
  7. To tan your face, use tanning drops you can add to your regular moisturiser to custom blend a subtle colour that won’t clog pores and cause acne. Alternatively use a dense face brush to buff on a tinted fake tanning product for even coverage. Don’t forget your ears!
  8. To speed up drying time, apply baby powder over your tan with your hands or an old fluffy face powder brush to remove stickiness and prevent any colour transferring. Alternatively, use a hair dryer on cool.
  9. Apply moisture rich body lotion every day to maintain the tan. As soon as it starts to get patchy, use a tan eraser to remove evenly.
  10. For best results, avoid showering or sweat-inducing activities for 10-12 hours. If you want a low-key glow, experiment with washing it off after an hour or so.

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