A tactical approach to tanning
I s the perfect tan a pipe dream or can we fake beautiful, bronzed skin from a tube or bottle? With the right preparation, a really great tan is possible, no matter what tan you use.
Bear in mind that the smoother the skin, the smoother the tan application, so exfoliation and/or shaving must take place before tanning.
Sensitive-skin ladies, make sure to leave time between these steps to avoid irritation — a day ideally, if needs be. Exfoliate with what you have to hand, whether it’s a scrub, loofah, nylon mitts or textured sponge. Don’t scrub the skin too hard, but do pay extra attention to harder skin on the knees, elbows and ankles which will become darker with tan and look stained. If your skin is dry, moisturise with lotion, and then tan a few hours later, or use a tan-in-lotion formula that contains moisturiser.
What tan you use is your choice but remember that the more lightweight the liquid the faster it will absorb, but it will contain less moisturiser. So while this is ideal for those with oilier/spot prone skin, if your skin is dry choose heavier lotions or cream tans.
It’s a bit of a myth that a gradual tan will give less streaking. Graduals just contain less dying agent DHA so the streaks aren’t so noticeable.
Some women like to have a gentle colour, but if you are looking for a decent fake tan use the regular version. Applying layers of a gradual increases the chances of obvious streaks.
Always use a mitt to apply tan, it keeps product from the palms and smooths the tan across the skin more evenly.
Allow the tan to dry before getting dressed. Granted, that’s not always easy on a chilly day, but white feet at the bottom of brown legs comes from popping on socks too quickly.
The average development time for tan is four hours. Some claim an hour or two, but that four mark is a safe bet. Then, should you want to repeat the tanning process and get an even deeper tan, you can apply more product. Wait between 4-8 hours after first application, shower and apply the next layer of tan. The shower is important, it removes any guide colour or residue from the first layer, clearing the way for absorption of layer two. Again, if you want to apply another layer and get the maximum tan, wait for the development time, shower and repeat. Moisturise daily to maintain colour and ensure an even fade.
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