Saturday, 14 March 2015

False Tanning Tips!

False tanning is one of the safest and easy ways to get a nice healthy glow to your skin, and especially over winter when there is no sun it is certainly a quick fix. I quite often use self tan as I am naturally pretty pale I like to be a little darker sometimes especially on a night out or occasion. So I thought I would share a few tips on how to get the most out of false tanning and how to maintain it.

1. Always exfoliate first. This is really important to do as it removes any dead or flaky skin to insure the false tan applies smoothly and evenly.

2. Moisturise first. If you are using a tanning oil, spray or lotion it really helps to moisturise first. It helps to spread it around evenly when you have to rub it in so you don't get any streaks.

3. Concentrate on awkward areas. Make sure you moisturise well in certain areas such as the elbows, knees, wrists, feet etc. This will stop the tan from settling and becoming darker in these areas. on the wrists and feet, it will help to blend it out so it looks really natural and not so that you have an orange ring around them where you have suddenly stopped. 

4. Blend well. Whatever kind of self tanner you are using, take the time to really make sure it is well blended and you have reached all the areas.

5. Allow to dry. Read the bottle to check how long it takes to dry. I usually allow around 10 minutes for it all to settle before getting dressed. It would be such a shame to rush and get dressed, and smudge all your hard work.

6. Build up to the colour you want. I Find that self tanning looks so much better when it is built up over a few days. If you are planning a night out start tanning the week before and apply every day or every other day to build up the colour ready for your occasion. This will look soo much better and natural than slapping as much as you can on the night before and hoping for the best, you will probably wake up very streaky. You can get the most out of the colour of the self tan and find you will be darker but without the orangeness from applying so much in one go.

7. Re-apply regularly. If you self tan all year round or just through the winter, try to apply it on a regular basis as you will find you can maintain a consistent colour. Try not to wait for it to all wash off then start over again as it is harder to maintain and you will probably end up wasting more product. For me personally I find that if I just want a nice subtle tan I apply it every 3 to 4 days, then if I am going out I apply every other day.

8. Exfoliate regularly. To maintain your tan and keep it looking stop on its really important to keep exfoliating. I try to exfoliate on the days where I re-apply my tan and this helps stop it from looking blotchy, and so you are not applying it over dead skin which will end up rubbing off anyway.

9. Keep moisturising. This together with regular exfoliation will help maintain your tan. Sometimes self tanner can be drying on the skin our maybe you have naturally dry skin, moisturising will help stop the tan being worn off so quickly and make it last a lot longer. When your skin starts to get dry over a couple of days the tan may start to get patchy on areas it has started to wear off.

10. Experiment and find the best type of self tanner for you. There are so many false tanners to suit everyones needs, to different shades, skin types and they come in all sorts of application methods. So be sure to try different ones which you find most easy to use.

Zoe x   




  1. Great post, I'm normally a little clumsy when it comes to fake tan and end up with it either looking streaky or uneven so I will definitely take these points into consideration. :) x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥

  2. Sometimes i cant be bothered to exfoliate but you really need to x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  3. I'm always so lazy when it comes to tanning, I literally whack it on after a bath at night and then wake up looking like a patchy oompa lumpa - thanks for the tips! xx

    Halcyon Velvet

    1. Thanks hun, I admit I do that sometimes too lol but I always regret it xx


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