How To Prep Your Skin For A Fake Tan

If you are anything like me, being tanned is a necessity at least 99.9% of the time as it generally just makes me feel and look healthier and more confident – especially in the winter time.

As I fake tan at least once a week, I’ve had my good, and very bad experiences that I have luckily seemed to learn from and in return I have found a few steps which always seem to make my fake tan look as natural and bronzed as possible.

My first step is to invest in an exfoliating glove or mitt and obviously exfoliate the skin. This is a super important step, as you wanting be working with a blank canvas. I tend to exfoliate before shaving as it is a lot less rough and painful with hairs still on your legs.

Secondly, my advice to you is to shave/wax 24 hours before tanning. I believe giving your legs 24 hours after shaving and before applying tan allows your skin to settle down and go back to normal and will leave with you with the most colour on your skin. After I shave my legs I will then exfoliate them again with a mitt, and get the remaining dead skin/previous tan off your skin.

About an hour I before I decide to apply my tan I like to moisturise the dry areas of my body (elbows, knees, feet, hands)Tan generally sticks to these dry areas, therefore leaving these areas to appear more tanned and in most cases… orange. This step allows the tan to apply evenly all over the body, and will stop the tan being darker on knees, elbows, feet, hands etc…

When it comes to applying your fake tan a tanning mitt will become your best friendIf you have been applying tan with your hand, or whatever else you tan with, scrap it. A tanning mitt is the best way to apply a fake tan naturally and evenly. I like to apply a few pumps of tan into my mitt and work it over my body in circular motions.


Now you have the best and easiest steps on how to achieve the perfect fake tan. Now it’s time for you to give it a go… Good luck!


Written by Laura Harriss