FROM foams and mists to drops, there are countless products to choose from to get that tanned skin — without having to go near a tanning bed.
But there are plenty of red — or should we be orange — flags that go along with browning out of a bottle.
Beauty writer Siobhan O’connor reveals the biggest faux pas and shares her tips on how to avoid fake baking fails.
WITH A GREEN tan
HAS your bronzer ever turned green? It’s one of the biggest tanning mistakes and makes you look cheap rather than fancy.
If this happens, it means your fake cake has oxidized. This happens when too much oxygen has entered the cylinder.
To avoid wasting valuable product, store in a cool, dry place – avoid extreme temperatures and direct sunlight – and make sure it is securely fastened to prevent air from getting into the bottle.
Today, our beauty routine consists of several stages of product application.
But if there’s one regimen that should never be layered, it’s fake tanning.
Not only is this wasteful, but you also can’t see what you’ve covered and what you’ve missed – increasing the risk of streaks.
These make you look like an amateur and are a total sign that your tan is fake.
STAINED KNEE AND ELBOW
One thing you should always do before tanning is exfoliate.
This is because the product sticks to dead and dry skin, causing patchy areas of heavier pigmentation. So if your tan is sticking to your feet, knees and elbows, this is why.
Simply brush your body from head to toe, applying a little firmer treatment to elbows, knees and heels, day or night before you want to tan. Moisten these areas as well.
Shop Bondi Sands dual-action exfoliating mitt, £5.99, lookfantastic.com.
THAT happens to the best of us. But walking out with stained, streaky fingers and hands is probably the biggest faux pas.
TikTokers recommend applying baby oil to your hands with a brush so you can lightly coat the insides of your fingers to ensure there aren’t any harsh lines.
But when it’s too late, soak your hands in olive oil to loosen and fade any obvious orange stains.
We’ve all been there – the tan starts on our skin but runs all over our clothes as soon as we sweat or worse, it starts to rain.
Then there’s the age-old problem of sheets and towels turning brown. It’s not nice.
Just as you would set your makeup, spray on your tan.
It removes post-tanning stickiness and also adds a protective veil that prevents residue and stains from bleeding.
Try Skinny Tan Dry Mist Finishing Spray, 200ml, £6.49, Boots.
THE FLUCKY LOOK
YOU can always spot people who aren’t regular tanners because their faux cake usually flakes off a week later and they don’t have to bother doing anything about it.
That’s a big mistake, and you’d better not even try to get a tan.
If you managed to successfully tan, now you must also successfully lose it. A long soak will soften stubborn stains along with gentle exfoliation.
This is important if you plan on reapplying it as it will result in uneven development if you apply it over the old tan.
FACE AND BODY DO NOT MATCH
IF your foundation is a different color than the rest of your tanned body, it doesn’t look good. This often happens because people are holding on to their winter foundation but tanning their bodies.
You have a few options. Tan your face, but with a face tan in the same shade as your body tan. Try Isle of Paradise Night Glow Self-Tanning Face Spray 100ml, £15.95, lookfantastic.com, which is gentle.
Or if you can’t part with your favorite foundation, mix in a dollop of liquid bronzer to evenly match your body tone.
Remember to cover your neck and behind your ears. Blend with powder bronzer.
REGARDLESS of whether it’s an instant tan at home or a spray you’ve done professionally, the worst thing you can do is touch your skin right afterward as it will stain instantly leads when the tan goes from one spot to another.
The problem areas are between the breasts, armpits, thighs and so on.
Make sure you have loose-fitting clothing that you can easily change into after the lights up.
And Michaella says, “Use talc or powder on areas that the skin touches — like your breasts — as the powder helps absorb natural sweat.”
THE OTT TAN
HAVE you ever tanned and looked like you just stepped off a plane after three years living in the Costa Del Sol?
That might be too much for this time of year. Keep it subtle. A certain ingredient will help you choose the perfect shade of tan.
Tanning and skincare expert Michaella Bolder says, “If you’re pale and want a natural, sun-kissed glow, I would avoid darker shades of tan with higher levels of DHA as this adds too much red pigment to the skin.
“For a gorgeous, natural tan, opt for something with less DHA like St. Tropez Gradual Tan Daily Firming Lotion.”
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