I am an absolute sucker for fake tan. I tan very well naturally in the summer but I hate turning into a pale ghost as soon as the sun disappears. Fake tan is my go-to and I have to be very strict with my routine and products to ensure I maintain a healthy, bronzy glow!
The first step for me will be exfoliating and shaving. No TMI here but I need to have a fresh canvas to lay my tan on! I tend to exfoliate with an exfoliating mitt and the Soap and Glory Scrub Of Your Life. This ensures that all of my previous tan is scrubbed off and my skin is nice and exfoliated. I don’t want my skin to be looking like tiger bread!
Moisturising is vital after exfoliating to ensure that you’re lathering your skin with hydrating products so that your tan doesn’t go patchy and that your freshly shaved and exfoliated skin is moisturised. My favourite moisturiser is the Vaseline Cocoa Butter one (just because it smells like chocolate!). It smells amazing, feels amazing and is a perfect base for my tan.
I have a mixture of different tans I like to use depending on how dark I want to look. I tend to pick up Ultra Dark versions as I like to feel bronzed! I start off with a base layer of the Fake Bake 60 Minute Express Tan. This on its own is a great mid-week top up if you’re starting to go patchy, however I like to use it as a base underneath my usual tan to really get that golden dark colour. I always do my tan during the day as I hate sleeping in it, it’s a real pet peeve of mine!
After applying one even layer of this, I will apply a layer of the Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Mousse. This tan is incredible for building up a solid dark colour, but remains sticky the whole time you have it on which is so annoying! This is why I don’t sleep in it. This makes me look super dark and feel super confident! I will then leave this concoction of products on my skin for 7-8 hours.
I will then wash this off with luke warm water and soap until the water runs clear. I will then use the same moisturiser from earlier to lock this into place. One tip on maintaining your tan is to not have hot showers as this opens your pores and allows the tan to fade out. Instead have cold-ish showers and always moisturise afterwards. I tend to tan once a week during the winter and then as my natural tan develops in the summer, I will eventually put the mitt to rest for another season!
I absolutely love fake tanning and it is a huge confidence booster for me. It makes me feel good and I find a lot of my outfits look better when I have a tan on! I never fake tan my face as this makes me break out due to the oils being clogged in my pores, so I just opt for a dark foundation that will bring it all together. If you’re new to tanning and wish to try it but are scared, I would suggest starting with a light/medium tan and working your way up. Having someone to help do your back and to check it once over for any patches you’ve missed is a huge help too!