Glowing skin makes you feel and look healthier and more attractive. Fake tan is safer and more reliable than prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. An article of handy hints to get a gorgeous glow.
Most of us feel better with a tan – healthier, more attractive and more confident. But the British summer can rarely be relied on to provide the necessary amount of sun. In any case, prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be harmful. Fake tan is a simple way to get that golden sun-kissed glow without damaging your skin.
Which method is right for you?
Recent technological advances have dramatically improved the quality and choice of available fake tans, with reduced streaking and none of that awful giveaway smell. The quickest method is to use an instant bronzing gel. Not only is this an immediate solution, the tinted gel makes it easy to see where you are applying it. This is perfect as a quick fix and is easily washed off. For something a little more long-lasting, try a tanning lotion. Simply rub on the skin, just like a moisturiser and within two to four hours, your colour should start to develop. Not only do these make your skin feel soft, but many are tinted for ease of application. If you aren’t confident you can apply the lotion evenly, try the latest dry-mist spray tans. Not only do these dry very quickly, avoiding staining your clothes, they are great for hard to reach areas such as the back of your legs. Alternatively, ask a friend to help, or get a professional spray tan.
Preparation is key.
A bad fake tan is easy to spot and can totally ruin your look. Elbows, knees and feet are the danger zones, so to make sure your tan is even as possible, your skin needs to be in tip-top condition. Exfoliate and apply moisturiser, giving it time to sink in before applying your tan. Avoid using too much on your feet and hands as this drier skin really soaks up fake tan. Stand on a towel when using spray tan – if the mist lands on your floor and you walk on it, the soles of your feet will end up very brown! Finally, wash hands thoroughly after application to avoid staining your palms.
Gradually deepen the colour.
The key to a natural-looking tan is to gradually build up the layers. Contemporary fake tans are so sophisticated that, done well, they are impossible to distinguish from the real thing. Some are designed to be used every day, slowly deepening your colour until you reach the required shade. It’s far better for your tan to be too sheer than too orange. If you are tanning for a particular event, leave enough development time to scrub off any excess if you do find you have the odd streak.
With a little preparation, it’s easy to safely fake your way to a lovely, golden tan. Follow these simple tips to get a gorgeous glow this summer.
Tom Brown writes for a variety of health and lifestyle websites. Always on the lookout for new beauty ideas, He is currently exploring courses in spray tan.