THE REASON WHY YOU STILL DON’T HAVE YOUR TANNING GAME DOWN
Even seasoned self-tanners need to brush up on their skills. Tanning guru James Read takes you through some moves you may be missing
IF YOU’RE PRONE TO POST-TAN BREAKOUTS...
“Hold an ice-cube over your face first to close the pores and prevent them from getting blocked when you apply your tan,” says Read. “Focus on where the pores may be bigger, do this for a few minutes and pat dry, then you’re ready to tan.”
IF YOU STILL GET STREAKS...
“Overapplying selftan is one of the main reasons for streaks as it causes build-up and makes your tan look unnatural,” warns Read, who suggests using a mitt to help evenly distribute product. “It’s also very important to exfoliate three to four days after tanning so your old tan fades more evenly.”
IF YOU GET “STRAWBERRY LEGS” (AKA DARK DOTS AFTER YOU TAN)...
“Rub a bag of frozen peas over your legs for a few minutes – this will close your pores,” suggests Read. “Also, shaving 24 hours before helps your hair follicles close.”
IF YOU STILL CAN’T QUITE NAIL YOUR FACE...
“Apply the tan on your face in stages. Start from the left and work to the right and then down your face,” advises Read. “Make sure the tan is worked straight up to the hairline, then using a cotton bud, brush up into the hairline either with makeup remover or moisturiser. This will stop the tan line from appearing.”
Coconut Melting Tanning Balm, $52, James Read, mecca.com.au Gradual Tan Plus Sculpt And Glow Everyday Multiactive Toning Lotion, $35.99, St Tropez, 1800 809 282
Spa Of The World Ethiopian Green Coffee Firming Body Cream, $53, The Body Shop,
Rejuvenating Body Moisturiser, $19.99, Skin By Ecostore,
Superbody Slim Contour, $69.99, Skin Physics,
Plumping & Lifting Techstile Tush Masque, $198 for eight, Nannette De Gaspé, net-a-porter.com
Glycolic Scrub 14%, $45, Skinstitut, adorebeauty.com.au
Skinesis Bodylift, $45, Sarah Chapman, net-a-porter.com
Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, $9.99, Palmer’s, palmersaustralia.com