07 Nov Get a Salon Worthy Tan at Home

With the weather warming up, jeans are no longer a feasible excuse for hiding Winter legs.

Fake tanning products have come a long way from the days of orange Paris Hilton and Kardashian sisters. Streaky lines and patchy coverage is as good as a distant memory and bid adieu to that awkward pale patch in the middle of your back. New designs of tanning mits means you don’t have to be a yoga master to reach your whole body!

There isn’t really a superior formula for at home tans. Everyone’s skin is going to love something different but from experience, mousse is comparatively a dream to apply. I avoid at home spray products as much as possible. I just seem to have a knack for getting it everywhere but on my body and standing in the bath butt naked trying to tan is not chic. Liquid formulas can work really well and are nice and hydrating, but beware of drips. Stand on tiles where you can and get your good towels out of the room (I learnt that one the hard way).

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I’m a die-hard St Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse fan and use a tanning mitt from the brand as well.

So as for application, there’s a few things to remember for the best possible at-home tan…

1. Always exfoliate! But you knew that right? What you may not know is that you should exfoliate the day before your tan, and the products you use matter. Avoid scrubs with oils and anything that will leave a residue. And yes, that means you’ll have to skip the coffee scrub because although they leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, the oils could affect the way your tan applies. A classic exfoliating glove with your regular body wash works perfectly.

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! After exfoliating, lather yourself up and drink a big glass of water for good measure. Hydrating both your inner and outer body is key to a healthy complexion and long lasting tan. The key is again to moisturise the day before or at least in the morning if you’re putting your tan on of a night time so it has enough time to soak into your skin.

3. Start light and then get darker. It’s harder to take a bad tan or tan that’s gone too dark or patchy off, than it is to apply a second coat. Always start off easy and build up your colour if you feel you need to. Apply it in large circular motions with a medium, even pressure. When going over your knees, elbows or ankles, be gentle and only use a small amount of product. After many years of at home tanning I still haven’t mastered tanning my ankles and feet. They’re easy to mess up so proceed with caution!

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