Packed with tips and tricks, our five-step tan
plan reveals how to avoid tell-tale streaks,
patches and orange palms, and helps you
achieve enviably (and safely) sun-kissed skin
Preparation is everything if you want to prevent patchy results. Exfoliate from top to toe 24 hours before your tan – this creates an even base and wipes the slate clean when your current tan is past its prime. Hair removal is best done a day in advance as well.
Always opt for a gel-based scrub – oily formulas leave a residue which prevent your fake tan from developing evenly.
Before you tan, rub a rich moisturiser over your hands, feet, knees and elbows – as the driest areas of skin, this trick stops them from absorbing too much product and going darker than the rest of your body.
Apply a little around your hairline and into brows as well to prevent your hair from being discoloured by your tan.
Whether you prefer fast-drying sprays, nourishing oils, gradual formulations or instant glow-givers – matching your fake tan to your lifestyle, or your skin’s needs, is the easiest shortcut to finding the best formula for you. Browse our selection of the hottest brands on the market to find your favourite.
If you’re nervous about streaks, choose a product with a guide colour so you can see exactly where you have and haven’t applied.
Whichever formula you choose, make sure you apply it like a pro. To avoid smudges, work from your feet upwards, using long sweeping strokes with your mitt over your legs, tummy, back and arms.
Hands and feet are always the trickiest areas to get right – for the perfect finish, use any product leftover on your mitt after tanning arms and legs, then buff in to ensure it’s blended and even.
Keep your tan looking holiday-fresh by dialling down your shower temperature – water that’s too hot can break down the bronze-effect faster. Pat dry and moisturise daily.
We like St Tropez’s Prep & Maintain Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser which is proven to prolong your colour by an extra three days.
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