If you've used fake tan before, it's likely you've had at least once case of streaky hands or patchy elbows but don't be put off achieving a subtle summer glow! You can cheat your way to caramel-coloured skin (and enjoy compliments on your 'healthy' colour) without frying yourself on a two-week holiday abroad. We've broken down our fake tan guide into ten simple steps that are easy to follow. Stick to them religiously and you'll soon become a fake tan pro with a sought-after hint of colour. There are plenty of self tanners to choose from but we'd recommend using a tinted one so you know exactly where you've applied it. Another essential rule for a flawless, all-over colour is to exfoliate skin properly beforehand.
So whether you're a self tan novice or just need some great suggestions for beauty buys to help you fake it, our tan commandments mean you can dare to bare with confidence - all summer long!
Pre-tanning, thou shalt shower, shave and buff away dead skin cells with St Moriz Advanced Pro Formula Exfoliating Skin Primer, £5 (200ml). Don’t moisturise immediately before applying fake tan as it can stop the colour ingredients working. Instead, smooth Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Lotion, £3.29 (200ml), over your elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and toes (the dry areas that ‘grab’ tan, creating that orange, wrinkly effect).
1. Prep school
2. Gloves on!The tango should be limited to dance programmes and soft drinks – not the colour of your hands. That’s why we love the NSPA Pampering Tanning Mitt, £1.50, for applying your fake tan.
3. Soft touch
Add Asda Self Tan Mousse, £4 (150ml), to your mitt, scrunch it up to spread the tan, then work onto the skin in sweeping motions. Do legs first, then tummy, arms, neck, back, feet and hands. The colour you apply shows where you’ve put product. This will wash off eight hours later to reveal a natural-looking, just-stepped-off-the-plane glow. Don’t overload the mitt – less is always more when it comes to achieving a healthy colour.
4. Don’t leave tell-tale signs
Use Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing FacialWipes, £4 (150ml), to clean your palms and easily wipe away any staining between your fingers and on your nails. Finally, massage moisturiser onto the backs of your hands and buff in, paying special attention to your wrists to blend in the edges.