How i achieve a flawless, (almost) natural looking tan
- take a shower/bath and remove all dead skin and old tan left on the body by exfoliating - i use an exfoliating mit and Soap & Glory's Breakfast Scrub
- shave at least 5 hours before your going to tan, so your skin doesn't get irritated
- use a tanning mit to apply for a non streaky, well blended application
- apply the tan in a WELL LIT room so you can see what your doing and where its going
- wear loose dark clothing until fully dry (approx 1hr)
- moisturize regularly to keep the tan from fading and going patchy
There are thousands of different fake tans on the market, from light, dark to medium and from mousses, sprays, gels and creams. There's also instant tans to give you an instant bronzed look, or regular gradual tans that take up to 8 hours, or overnight to fully develop. I've tried them all, and find an instant mousse works best for me. Because its instant, i can see where im applying the tan, and also, im instantly bronzed! I do leave them on overnight to get a really intense tan, but if your in a rush to go out, you can apply, dry for a few minutes and then your ready to go!
SUNKISSED Self-Tan Mousse Dark £3.99 - This has been my new favourite tan of the moment. The pump design is so easy to use and you can really control how much product you want to come out with this tan. It is an instant tan, so you can see where its going, which is great for beginners, or if your worried about it going patchy! It's natural looking, but still pretty dark. I find this one out of all my tans, fades the nicest without any patchyness. It has a slight coconut scent to it, which is a massive bonus as fake tans arent the best smell in the world!
Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse £7.99 - I didnt get off to the best start with this tan. I found it didnt give me a super bronzed look like other fake tans did. But i recently gave it another chance, and its lovely. A more natural, subtle looking tan without looking orange. This tan has an almost floral scent to it, which is kinda strange, but you seen get used to it! It develops within 1 hour, but i do like to leave it on overnight for an extra bronzed look. I love using this tan for a natural, healthy, glowing look.
ST Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse £3-5 - An oldie but a goodie. I've used St Moriz for years, it was the first fake tan i ever tried. Its instant, and goes super dark. I find it goes on really smooth, and lasts a good 3 days on my skin. The only downside is that it does take slightly longer to dry, and feels tacky on the skin for quite some time after! For £3, you really cant go wrong though!