In­stant god­dess – a per­fect tan

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Win­ter white legs are one of the big­gest rea­sons women re­con­sider what to wear when the sun makes an ap­pear­ance.

So it helps if you have one or two fan­tas­tic so­lu­tions for cre­at­ing that sun-kissed glow.

There are a myr­iad of op­tions from the pro­fes­sional spray tan through to the DIY aerosols, creams, mousses, and bronz­ing pow­ders.

The end re­sult is de­ter­mined by the prepa­ra­tion of the skin.

Well- mois­turised skin re­tain fake tan longer.

Skin that has been ex­fo­li­ated with a scrub will pro­duce a more

will even and nat­u­ral look. My pre­ferred op­tion th­ese days are the in­stant bronz­ing creams that are eas­ily re­moved by soap and water and have no devel­op­ment time.

Noth­ing worse than hav­ing to wait two hours or more to see if your handi­work has pro­duced a mas­ter­piece or a star­tling or­angestreaked can­vas that would give a tiger a run for its money.

By fol­low­ing a few sim­ple rules such dis­as­ters can be averted:

1) Al­ways ap­ply af­ter you have show­ered and ex­fo­li­ated with a scrub, paying spe­cial at­ten­tion to heels, knees and el­bows along with any other dry patches of skin.

2) Some prod­ucts are messier than oth­ers to ap­ply, and re­quire longer dry­ing times.

Ten min­utes is usu­ally re­com- mended be­fore dress­ing.

3) How­ever, when pre­par­ing for a pro­fes­sional spray tan, it is of­ten rec­om­mended to wear loose, dark cloth­ing for the day while the tan de­vel­ops.

4) To pre­vent the stain­ing of hands, scrub the palms with soap and a nail brush im­me­di­ately af­ter com­plet­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

5) For very por­ous ar­eas, such as the nails, coat with mois­turiser or bar­rier cream prior to ap­pli­ca­tion.

Af­ter­wards use nail var­nish re­mover to clean the nail plate of any ex­cess cream.

6) If there is a choice of shades and your skin hasn’t seen the sun­light for some con­sid­er­able time, choose light over dark for a more nat­u­ral ef­fect.

7) Keep the skin well mois­turised in be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions to in­crease longevity of your tan.

8) If us­ing a bronz­ing pow­der on your face use a min­eral or loose pow­der prior to ap­pli­ca­tion.

Next time: Main­tain­ing sum­mer tresses

PAULA BIRNIE

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