Fake tans give you the look you’re craving as summer approaches, but will help you avoid skin damage, health risks and signs of premature aging that comes with sun worshipping. Go on, fake it!
Times sure have changed since the impossible-to-evenly-apply orange fake tans of the 1990s, but there are still a few tricks to remember when it comes to faking it. From everyday tinted moisturisers that gradually build a summer glow to immediate-effect tan lotions and mousses so you can head straight out the door, fake tans are looking more and more like the real thing.
Exfoliate thoroughly before you apply your fake tan. This is important if you want an even, long lasting tan. Otherwise you’ll find you’re applying product over dead skin cells which will shower off in no time, leaving you patchy.
Then, when it comes to moisturising, it all comes down to timing! It’s best not to moisturise the day you apply the fake tan as it will make your skin less absorbent. Once the product has settled into the skin overnight and you’ve had a shower, moisturising regularly is the key to maintaining an even, long-lasting tan.
Go slow on the knees, elbows and ankles! These areas tend to absorb the tanning product intensely and unevenly, and will darken more than elsewhere (a dead giveaway that you’re a faker!) To avoid this, apply a little moisturiser to these areas to dilute the tanning product. Less is more!
Finally, avoid using regular tanning products on your face. The skin on your face is delicate and the strength of the product will risk leaving you a little orange. Also, most body tanning products are likely to block the pores of your skin which can lead to breakouts. Instead, if you must try it, look for specifically facial products such as Ella Bache’s ‘Great Face without Sun’ moisturiser, which will also protect your skin from free-radicals with an anti-oxidant complex.
And finally, for a special night out where you want you want to channel your inner bronzed goddess, a professional spray tan is hard to beat. Priced between $35-$60, a pro job costs a little more, but you can guarantee a flawless application.