REGARDLESS of whether you’d rather stay out of the sun or want to keep that heatwave glow a little longer, self-tanning products are the safer way to achieve that tanned look.
But they are notoriously difficult to use. Mollie Davies gets expert answers on the biggest tanning secrets…
How can I make my fake tan last longer?
“TO maintain your bronze color, apply a gradual tan with nourishing ingredients to hydrate the skin,” explains tanning expert Jill McLean.
The Vita Liberata brand educator, who did the research to find these most Googled tanning questions, adds: “If you exfoliate your skin before applying your tan of choice, you make sure the tan is on a good base.” last longer.
“Moisturizing your skin every day after applying the tan also helps as it prevents peeling which is what gives you that flaky look.”
Why do I get spots from artificial tanning?
BODY artist and tanning expert Amanda Harrington says, “Most fake tans contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin, make it oilier, and cause breakouts by clogging pores.
“If you suffer from acne on your face or body, use products that are oil and alcohol free.
“I’ve spent four long years developing water-based, alcohol-free, non-comedogenic formulations to ensure this is a thing of the past for all tanning fans.”
Which fake tan is best for swimming?
Olivia Todd, CELEBRITY makeup artist and tanning expert, says: “The chlorine in swimming pools can strip and lighten the tan in spots and dry out the skin, so the key is to use a graduated tan that is highly moisturizing.
“Swimming also speeds up the exfoliation process, so it’s important to hydrate right after swimming and avoid rubbing your skin with a towel.
“The beauty of a gradual tanning lotion like St Tropez Watermelon Infusion (£11.60 at Look Fantastic) is that it’s a hybrid tan and moisturizer that helps you achieve a deeper tone and so does the skin hydrated.”
How to use artificial tan on hands?
AMANDA says, “The key to hand tanning is a great barrier cream, like any moisturizing body butter.
“Use it on the insides of your wrists and over your ankles to avoid DHA – tanning agent – getting stuck in those dry areas.
“Then simply use a ‘Tot’ bronzer on the brush and apply all over, paying attention to coverage along the fingers, avoiding the nails for an even color.”
How can I remove fake tan from my skin?
“The best way to remove a tan is to use a body scrub and gently exfoliate in circular motions to break up the tan and remove dead skin cells, leaving skin primed for a fresh application,” says Jill.
“Some brands sell tan erasers or recommend using an oily product like baby oil, but be careful when using these as some ingredients can make you more prone to sunburn.
“Read the labels.”
How can I prevent fake tan from spreading to clothing?
AMANDA says, “If you skip the exfoliation and have a layer of dry/dead skin that then gets mixed up with the tan, it’s more likely to rub off and transfer.
“Proper preparation of your canvas is really key here.
“You should always let the product dry completely before going to bed or getting dressed.
“The weather also plays a role, as the body’s moisture affects the transmission.
“A water-based tan should dry in no time.”
“How can I stop my hands and feet from looking streaky?”
JILL says, “Avoid using oil-based hand and body moisturizers as they act as a barrier to the tan and can prevent proper absorption of DHA.
“Scour away dead skin cells and use an oil-free moisturizer at least 24 hours before tanning to ensure your skin fades evenly, especially if you have dry skin.”
And Olivia’s tip is: “Use a large fluffy makeup brush with a smaller amount of tan to buff smaller areas like hands, face and feet in a circular motion.
“It gives your tan an even finish.
“Bludge out any tan lurking around your knuckles, thumbs and between your fingers.”
Why did my fake tan turn green?’
AMANDA says, “Over time, when DHA overheats or oxidizes, it turns green due to destabilization of the tint it sits in, so most tanning products have an expiration date.
“If your tan is stale or you have stored it in sunlight or in a hot place, this can affect the quality of the product and turn the skin greenish rather than golden brown.
“If this keeps happening, it’s best to throw away your bottle and get a new one.”
“Why does my fake tan look like tiger bread?”
OLIVIA says: “You could miss an important preparation before tanning.
“Never go without a quick exfoliation the day before tanning, as this will remove rough, dead skin cells and leave a silky smooth finish for your tan to glide onto.
“A tan sticks to dry skin, so don’t forget moisturizer, either.
“Using a tanning mitt with a thick, fibrous texture that gently releases the tan as you sweep across your skin provides a more even finish.
“Be generous with the product and use long, sweeping strokes when applying.”
‘How do I get a fake tan out of carpet and bedding?’
OLIVIA says: “Fairy Liquid – I prefer the Fairy Liquid brand to store brands – and warm water is great for removing tan spots.
“Alternatively, make-up removers or micellar water work effectively to remove the false tan stain from carpets.
“For best results, blot and scrub the area a few times with a damp towel and let it soak for about 10 minutes before scrubbing.”
‘Why does fake tan smell?’
JILL says: “The distinctive ‘cookie-like’ smell of a tan is caused by the tanning agent.
“The technology in skin care and tanning formulas has advanced drastically to eliminate the unpleasant smell.
“It’s due to a chemical reaction that takes place between your skin and the DHA, but there are many tanning products on the market that are now unscented.”
But even a neutral or pleasantly scented tan can start to smell after a few hours.
Experts recommend showering as soon as the tan develops or sprinkling baby powder on your skin to absorb the odor.
‘How can I cover tan lines?’
AMANDA says: “You should avoid sitting in the sun without SPF if possible.
“The dangers of UV are very real and can be devastating.
“However, should you notice tan lines, I recommend a gradual full body tan followed by a full tan mousse application.
“This evens out your skin tone and brings it closer to an even tan.”
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