Pretoria News Weekend - - FASHION - GERRY CUPIDO

YOU dream about hav­ing that much-de­sired sun god­dess cop­per tan but don’t want to spend hours in the sun try­ing to achieve it. Nobody wants to be nurs­ing painful sun­burn and, more im­por­tantly, suf­fer the long-term ef­fects of over­ex­po­sure to the sun’s harm­ful UV rays.

Self-tan­ning is a quick and sup­pos­edly easy way to achieve that golden tan, but for those who have al­ready tried this at home, they will know it’s not that sim­ple – es­pe­cially when you end up with or­ange-tinted palms and or­ange streaks across your legs.

My­lene Wait, CEO of Vita Lib­er­ata South Africa, has some tips on how to get that “I just got back from a trop­i­cal is­land hol­i­day” tan without look­ing like an or­ange mess.

Prep your skin by eat­ing lots of fruit and veg­eta­bles and drink­ing lots of wa­ter. Al­ways ex­fo­li­ate and, if you need to, shave, do so at least four hours be­fore ap­ply­ing self-tan­ning prod­ucts to cre­ate a smooth skin can­vas.

Cir­cu­lar mo­tions are usu­ally best when ap­ply­ing a self-tan­ner. You don’t need to rub it in. For creases in dry ar­eas, such as the el­bows and knees, ap­ply mois­turiser and al­low to ab­sorb for at least an hour be­fore tan­ning. Al­ways lightly wipe the knuck­les, knees and backs of the hands with a damp cloth or wet wipe af­ter

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