The key to a good tan is in the preparation and the maintenance aswell as the actual application.
Before applying self tan or spray always do a patch test, at least 24 hrs beforehand, on the inside of your elbow!
False tan works by a chemical called 'dihydroxy acetone' or DHA, reacting with amino acids in the surface of the skin. It doesn't cause any damage to the skin as its only on the outer layers which is why it only lasts about 5 days.
The higher the DHA percentage = the darker the tan.
Always make sure all hair removal is done at least 24 hours beforehand, this gives the skin time to repair and settle. I would advice exfoliating at least twice in the days before your tan and moisturise everyday.
FYI; exfoliation is a scrubbing of the skin, using exfoliation gloves and/or a scrub to remove dead skin cells.
On the day of applicatipn, shower but don't exfoliate or moisturise. If you're having a spray tan you can follow your therapist's instruction. For self tan, apply moisturiser to your knees, elbows and hands, palms & backs. If you have any very dry patches you can apply some there too!
Unless otherwise stated, apply a decent amount of tan to your mitt. Then rub onto your skin in circular motions. I like to start on the thigh area (bigger area!), then to the lower leg (you might need to apply more tan) and with whats left on the mitt then go over the ankle, fot and knee. I follow the same technique for the arms but I use a buffer brush for my hands, (any large soft bristle makeup brush). Then I finish the rest of the body still in circular motions.
Leave for a few minutes before dressing, pj's are best!
I would always advice my clients to leave a day in between the application and the event, so you can fix or reapply if you need to.
Some tans allow for quicker drying than others eg. Bperfect's 10 second tan literally feels dry in seconds but TanOrganic, due to it's high aloe vera and moisture content takes a little longer (but still only a couple of minutes!).
Shower as normal, don't exfoliate and then moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!! Keeping your skin moisturised will allow the tan to fade evenly and stop dryness or irritation. I always recommend my clients to apply a tanning moisturiser every couple of days to prolong the tan and keep moisturised all in one. My favourite for this is TanOrganic's self tan oil. You apply it with your hands like a moisturiser and it gives a gorgeous glow while being super moisturising.
Some tans allow for layered application. This means that you can apply a layer everyday for 2-3 days until you reach your desired darkness!
Remember, not all tans suit all skins or people the same, so have fun trying out different brands and shades to find your fave! We should all be happy in our own skin, but if having a tan makes you feel more positive in yourself then go for it, and this is the safest way to go!!
My favourite tans at the moment are TanOrganic & Bperfect ultra dark, probably the mousse in both!
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