Fake tan without the sun!

Trying to get your summer body back sooner rather than later? Cheat your way to a more toned-looking body with these easy self-tan tips.

You can also make use of bronzing powders to create a skin glow that will turn heads.

1. Preparation

It may sound like an obvious hint but trying to regularly keep your skin in good condition will help your cause when it comes to hitting the (fake tan) bottle. Try to follow the rules and moisturise every day when you step out the shower or before you hit the road. Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

We’re sure you’ve heard this one many times before, but we can’t stress enough just how important it is to gently scrub skin before you tan, to lift all those dead skin cells and reveal revitalised, ready-to-tan skin beneath. Applying fake tan to dry, uneven skin will simply leave you patchy and desperate to cover up, not show off those pins. Once you’re over your tan, make sure you learn how to remove fake tan properly with exfoliation too. There’s nothing worse than patchy skin.

3. Moisturise

Be sure to slather your body top-to-toe in moisturiser before you fake it, but do remember to let it fully sink in before you begin applying your tan enhancer. Be sure to pay particular attention to wrists, elbows, ankles, knees and feet – basically any areas that can get dry and need extra moisture.

4. Dab Vaseline on eyebrows and hair line

A great tan tip, but one to work behind closed doors, is dotting a small amount of Vaseline along your brows and next to your hair line. Tanning the face should be treated with caution and dabbing the jelly means that any slip of the hand when applying will prevent dodgy tide marks appearing in these areas.

5. Wear loose, dark clothing afterwards

In an ideal world we would be able to wander around in the buff post-fake tan, but in reality it’s a quick slap of lotion on the pins before we rush out the door. The number one rule of dressing after tanning is to wear dark, loose clothing to avoid marking any wardrobe favourites. So, be sure to throw on a jersey LBD and keep legs bare to optimise your tan potential.

6. Polish and reapply

Now your tan has developed and you’re happy with the results, the work doesn’t stop there! Stay glowing for longer by maintaining a strict routine (yes, we know, being beautiful is time-consuming!) of gentle exfoliation and lots more moisturising. And if you’re starting to pale into insignificance, then do a tan top-up.

7. Add some glow

Add extra glow to your body by adding a bronzing powder to your beauty regime. Bronzing powders can be used to highlight certain parts of your body, and this time of year we all need an extra glow to lift our spirits.

Here’s a list of products that come highly recommended to help you create a beautiful bronzed self-tan look:

  • Vichy Ideal Soleil Self Tanner for face and body
  • Piz Buin Instant Glow Spray
  • Elizabeth Arden Bronzing Powder
  • Afriderm Body Scrub
  • Vichy Thermal Spa Water
  • Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream

For more information and advice, please consult any of our skincare experts or contact Riana directly at our Durbell Palm Grove branch on (021) 975-6570.