Fake it ’til you make it: The guide to self-tanning this summer

Fake it ’til you make it: The guide to self-tanning this summer

The art of self-tanning can be tedious and one that requires patience, precision and most importantly an exceptionally good formula. And, of course it’s far better for you and your skin if you resist the urge to bake in the sun.
With summer in full swing, Summer has put together the definitive guide to a flawless faux glow that’s better than the real thing. 

Get ready for gloriously golden skin — minus the mess.

Get prepped

The biggest mistake you can make when fake tanning at home is not spending the time to prep your skin properly. The best results come when skin is as smooth and hydrated as possible. Start with a good exfoliation. Be wise with your product selections here. It’s important to use oil-free solutions, as oil-based scrubs and cleansers leave behind a residue that interferes with the efficacy of the tanners and can cause streaks too. And, if you’re tanning your face, the same rules apply — be sure to exfoliate with a cleanser or pad that includes some exfoliating acids to slough away dead and dull skin, and encourage even absorption.

Moisture musts

The most common cause of a patchy tan is dry skin, so it’s crucial to moisturise those notoriously tricky areas prior to application. Focus on wrists and hands, elbows, knees, ankles and feet — and perhaps around your nostrils if you’re face tanning.  

The art of application

Always apply with a tanning mitt! Add the summerbrons. Tanning mousse of your choice to the mitt. Smooth on product in circular motions, blending and buffing the tan deeper into the epidermis. The more you buff and work the product into your skin, the better, this ensures a more even and streak free finish, helps to prolong the tan and encourages a better fade-out.  It’s best to use small amounts of the product each time — one or two pumps of mousse at a time and then, starting with your feet and ankles, working your way up to your shoulders to prevent any marks when you bend over. Save your arms and hands for last and try not to race to wash your hands, just blend it gradually with your wrists and arms, as you don’t want white hands with bronzed arms.

Prolong perfectly

Once your tan has been applied, ensure skin is hydrated during the days that follow as hydrated skin will look more radiant and will ensure a more even fade. 
As oil breaks down your tan, opt for a hyaluronic-based body moisturiser and avoid any enzymatic body and skincare such as glycolic or lactic acids, as these can accelerate the fade time of tan. 

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