Confused about which fake tan to go for? You’ve come to the right place!
Summer is finally here! But we all love being out in the sun, its powerful rays aren’t exactly great for our skin.
We advise wearing an SPF every day during the summer months to protect your skin and faking it instead. While there may be countless fake tans out there, knowing which one is going to leave you looking radiant and golden, and which is going to make you look like an umpa lumpa can be a tricky business.
We’ve tried and tested the most popular tans out there, from the premium tanning kits to the budget mousse celebs swear by – with some surprising results!
But before you invest in a tan, here are the golden rules:
- Always exfoliate before applying your fake tan. Use a scrub made out of natural products, as this will be kinder to your skin, and try to opt for one with moisturising ingredients, for smoother skin.
- Apply Vaseline around your hairline and inbetween your fingers and toes – the tell-tale fake tanning spots! As for the rest of your body – moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.
- After tanning, wear loose clothing that won’t make any lasting marks. This might sound obvious, but no one likes an accidental tan-print with a strapless number!
- When you do wash off your tan, make sure the water is lukewarm rather than boiling hot in order to prevent streaks. Warmer water strips your skin, so keep it cool.
Do Apply your colour in stages so you can make sure each part of your body is totally covered. Start with your face, then work your way down your body leaving your hands and feet till last. Fashion assistant Becky Joiner loves VitaLiberata Phenomenal Self Tan, £37.50. “It’s amazing, really natural looking, fades naturally and doesn’t come off on your bed sheets.”
Do build up your tan gradually. Fashion stylist Rachel Bassett loves Bondi Sands Gradual body tanning lotion, £14.99. “It’s really good for a slow build up to fool your friends into thinking your tan is real! Smells like chocolate instead of that typical tan odour too.”
Do In the shower, switch your usual shower gel for For All My Eternity Tan Saving Shower Gel £12.99. With an even ph-balance it doesn’t strip your skin of any natural oils so your tan can last longer.
Do Use a tanning mitt. It truly is the best way to get an even colour. You can really buff it into your skin for the most natural looking finish. And always use the mitt to tan your hands and feet so you don’t get tell-tale marks on your palms and the soles of your feet. We recommend Sienna X Luxury Self Tan Mitt £3.95.
Do Exfoliate the day before. It will get rid of all the dead skin so that your tanning cream works deeper into your skin and your colour will last longer without going patchy. Try Beauty Lab Peptide Tanning Pre-Tan Skin Polish £18.
Don’t get a streaky finish. Make sure it doesn’t go blotchy in areas where the tan can collect – such as your knees, wrists and elbows and around your ankles – by targeting these with a scrub to prevent dark patches. Try using The Body Shop Fit and Smoothing Refining Body Scrub, £14.
Don’t Forget to moisturise every day after you’ve tanned. It will help the colour last longer and also mean your tan will fade evenly. Beauty writer Sarah Macrae loves Kissed by Mii Daily Boost Body Cream, £15.95. “It’s super hydrating and makes my glow last twice as long”
Don’t Make your face the same shade as your body. For a realistic looking tan try and keep your complexion one shade lighter than your body and use a specific cream for your face like James Read Gradual Tan Day Tan SPF15 Face £22. Beauty assistant Meghann Thorp says: ‘It moisturises, gives a gorgeous subtle glow and SPF protection all in one hit I’m a big fan!
Don’t Forget to wear a sun cream over the top if you’re in the sun. It may sound obvious but self-tan doesn’t protect your skin so you still need your daily SPF. M&S Sun Smart SPF15, £9.50, is a lightweight spray that won’t make your tan streaky.
Don’t Forget those hard to reach places. Put your mitt on the end of a back brush. Botonics Body Brush, £10, is perfect!
Do try a mousse! Beauty editor Stephanie Maylor recommends St Moriz: “I’m a huge fan – their mousses are flawless and so cheap!”