Top tips to master the dark art of self-tanning… and how to avoid that blotchy orange finish
Awarm, sunny summer lies ahead – fingers crossed – and for many of us that means digging out the self-tan. Even if you are a fan of year-round tanning, chances are you might turn the shade up a notch and shop for a darker tan when fashion dictates exposed limbs.
So, what’s new in tanning? Moisture is popping up in some newer formulas, especially in mousse tans. This makes sense as a formula without much moisturiser will dry faster on the skin before you get a chance to make sure it’s even, and adding moisture gives the product better movability. Tip: the more moisturising mousse formulas are priced mid-range, it’s unlikely you will find an effective one in the cheaper aisles, so choose wisely.
Colour is always a prime concern. By now you will know gradual tans offer colour that is light and needs building over a few days to look like a proper self-tan. These are great if you want minimal colour but you must still be careful with application, palms will pick up tan unless you wash them thoroughly.
Lotions remain popular for value per use and depth of colour, but the single major mistake you can make, and ruin the look, is going too dark in one layer.
Many tans now have a light, medium or dark version and it goes without saying that if you are perfectly pale, don’t jump straight into dark. The colour difference between skin and tan will be extreme and application will prove hard to master.
Take a look at St Tropez’s new Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse, €46. The colour development is timed in an interesting way: apply and if you want a light colour, shower after one hour. If you want medium colour, wait for two hours, and for a dark tan, keep it on for three hours before showering. The brand suggest it will be popular with sisters or cohabiting females as those with different colour requirements can all get it from a single product.
Alternatively, try out Vita Liberata’s new version of their pHenomonal Tan, €46.50. The Northern Irish brand released the original last year and it promises to last two to three weeks if you follow a specific triple application method over one to three days. It’s different but it works. This new version has an added Moisture Lock hydration system, if dry skin is an issue opt for this version. Available from Debenhams and select pharmacies.
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