The Beauty Bible: Fool Proof Self Tanning Tips
Happy Friyay, lovelies! The sun is once again shining and at The Wedding Affair HQ, we’re all reaching for the gradual tan like there is no tomorrow. With these past couple of days being as glorious as they have been and temperatures reaching a scorching 28 degrees, we’re struggling to keep up. Not only are we still deep within April, but we’re pasty pale and well, it’s safe to say that operation summer-bod isn’t going too well, at all. We certainly blame the doughnut walls!
With temperatures set to climb, we’re hoping that all of our beautiful readers will be taking safer measures to ensure that they achieve a glowing and healthy completion by reaching for either the fake tan or a gradual tanning moisturiser. With an increasing awareness of the damage caused to the skin by sun, plus our ever-growing love affair with the healthy and year-long glow, means that the DIY tan job is an obvious option for many. A streaky, home-applied tan, however, is on no one’s ‘must have’ list – so, how can you prevent this from happening?
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Gather the Proper Tools
Although self-tanners usually packaged with just a single bottle, for the best possible results (read: even, golden-toned skin), you’re going to need a few more tools ready to go. Your tannin kit should also include a skin exfoliator, a moisturiser and a tanning mitt that helps you apply the tan without staining your palms.
Remember, separate tanners for the face and body and a spray formula for hard-to-reach areas, and finally, wet wipes to correct any mistakes as you go along and you’re all good-to-go!
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Exfoliate and Shave 24 Hours Before Tanning
For a truly even colour, you’re going to want a smooth canvas for application. You should always wax or shave the day before you apply your tan because sometimes hair removal can cause irritation initially and make your skin slightly sensitive. We also recommend to fully exfoliate 24 hours before your tan, this will ensure an even and flawless finish by getting rid of any dead skin,
In addition, just before you apply your tan, The Wedding Affair recommends running a frozen bag of peas (nope, not kidding!) over your legs and face to constrict hair follicles and pores. This will prevent self-tanner from entering these tiny crevices and leaving small, darker-coloured dots on your skin. Perfect!
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**Prep Problem Areas **
You’ll need to pay special attention to breakouts or any normally dry areas of skin before you apply a self-tan. Always apply a moisturiser barrier to joints, feet, hands prior to tanning since they can develop darker than anywhere else on the body. In addition, you’ll want to apply a concentrated amount of moisturiser using a Q-Tip or cotton ball to any skin conditions you’re dealing with like acne or eczema.
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Be Very Generous with the Amount of Product You Use
First-timers who are afraid of being too dark may be hesitant to use large globs of product while applying. Don’t be. Always use enough so that the product glides effortlessly and smoothly over the skin and buff away any excess with your tanning mitt.
Avoid Application on Your Hands and Feet
While you want to be generous with the product on all other areas of your body, you actually shouldn’t apply the product at all to your hands and feet. Always work excess product from the arms onto the hands and leftover product from the legs onto the feet and ankles. Don’t apply tanner directly on those area because it always looks too dark and unnatural. Not wedding worthy!
Image: Darin Collison Photography
Don’t Freak Out if You Mess Up & Self Tan Care
If your tan develops and you notice an unwanted dark patch, never fear! There are several easy options that utilise products you probably already own! Apply baby oil to the darker area and leave for 10 minutes, then scrub the skin with an exfoliator and use a hot, damp washcloth to buff the skin.
Even after you finally achieve a gorgeous, streak-free glow, your work is not quite done yet. A diligent regimen of moisturising your face and body and light exfoliation will keep your perfectly-applied tan looking flawless for an entire week.
**Remove All Traces of Self-Tanner Before Going for Round Two **
If you fell in love with the results of your initial tan and want to keep the bronze going all summer long (we don’t blame you!), you’ll want to be sure you’re fully prepped for your next tanning session. While exfoliating after three or four days helps your tan fade more evenly, you also want to fully exfoliate at the end to make sure your skin is nice and clear. You should be totally free of tan before you’re ready to start another round of self-tanning.
Do you have any top tips for tanning from home? Let us know, loves!
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