We all love to have a tan. After all for most of us if we have a bit of colour we often feel a lot better and more confident about ourselves. The downside to a tan is that if we spend hours out in the sun then long term we are likely to age quickly and worse case scenario skin cancer. None of us want to end up with such a horrific illness so what are our options?
For some keeping to high factor sun lotion and not having a tan is fine. For others we want to feel good about ourselves. So what do we do? The answer is buy yourself a bottle of good quality fake tan.
Many of us I dare say have been put off by fake tans as we struggle to apply it correctly. So here are a few pointers to help you on your way to that perfect tanned look.
Prepare your body for tanning. Don't just apply the take without the necessary preparation otherwise you will not get that perfect look. Make sure you have done any shaving, waxing at least 24 hours before. If you apply your fake tan and then wax you will strip the fake tan off. To get the best fake tan then exfoliating your whole body properly is essential. Get yourself a good body scrub and make sure you exfoliate all over making sure you give special attention to your knees, elbows, ankles, hands and feet. If you are prone to dry skin in any other areas then give those areas attention to. Once you have exfoliated on your dryer areas apply a moisturiser. If ever you have applied fake tan and it has come out darker in patches then most likely it will be dry skin. So take the time and moisturise well. Many of the tanning products on the market today will have a moisturiser to go with the fake tan. For example one of the most popular fake tans, Fake Bake offers Fake Bake oil-free moisturiser. Once you have applied your tan don't forget to keep moisturising, it will all help maintain your tan.
When applying your fake tan, do not apply the tan without using a tanning mat or latex gloves. The last thing you want to do is get the tan under your fingernails or on the palms of your hands.
The best time to apply your fake tan is before you go to bed. The tan will leave marks on your sheets, don't let this put you off they are easily washed out. If you are worried make sure you put some old sheets on your bed. Before you get into bed allow the tan to dry don't apply the tan and then just jump straight into bed. If you are looking for a darker tan then apply another coat. Be patient it may take a few applications over a number of weeks to get the tan that suites you the best and that you like.
When applying your fake tan start at your feet and with circular motions work your way up. Most tans such as Fake Bake or St Tropez are brown when applying so you will be able to see what areas you still need to do.
Don't spend hours struggling to do your back. If you are able to ask your partner or even a trusted friend. They are going to be able to apply the tan much more effectively than you trying to bend yourself into almost impossible positions.
So you have removed the gloves now for the hands. Make sure your hands are washed and moisturised. Get some cotton wool and dab it onto the back of your hands.
Ideally after you have applied your fake tan you should not wear any clothes. If you do have to wear some clothes do not wear socks, knickers or a bra as it will end up leaving marks.
Realistically to keep your tan constant you will be looking to re-apply about every 7 days. Following these tips will make applying fake tan so much easier and therefore give you the perfect tan without causing any harm to your skin or body.