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Perfect Your Tan

6/17/2016


Mastering that perfect self tan can be an absolute master piece once you've cracked it. We all have those problem areas that we can't seem to hack to get that perfect bronze colour we all crave. So I've decided to share some tips with you that I feel really work for me, and might answer some of your questions when it comes to your fake tanning routine. 

HANDS, ANKLES AND BACKS
Ensuring your hands and ankles are thoroughly moisturised as these are definitely drier areas. I always find it helps just using the residue on the mitt to tan your hands and ankles rather than a whole pump of tan. You need to lightly sweep over these areas to create a natural, non blotchy tan. As for your back, one tip that I have learnt from other bloggers is to just turn the mitt around on your hand and you'll be able to reach a larger area of your back that way. If you are using a spray tan, try and buy one that has a 360 degree spray, these make it a a lot easier to reach those difficult areas. 

HOW MANY PUMPS OF TAN DO I NEED?
On average, I find that 3 pumps per arm is the ideal coverage. 6 pumps per leg will cover nice and evenly and 5 for your torso and back and then repeat to your desired colour. For the face I tend to mix half a pump of tan with moisturiser, also spread the tan lengthways. I know it's tempting to rub it in, in a circular motion, but gliding the mitt lengthways down your body will give you a streak free tan. 

AVOIDING DRYING OUT YOUR SKIN WITH FAKE TAN
To avoid drying out your skin I tend to use an oil base moisturiser. I either mix this in with the tan when applying, or apply before I tan. That way your body will be super hydrated and the tan will sink into the oil giving you a nice, hydrated glow. 


WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOUSSE, LOTION, SPRAY AND OIL TANS?
When reading about loads of different types of tans and different brands that offer all 4 of these options. It all depends on what type of look you are wanting to achieve. The spray is the closest to what you are going to get when having a professional spray tan, if done properly. The sprays tend to give the lightest colour out of them depending on how much you build up the spray, these products tend to last the shortest amount of time. A mousse is a quick drying tan and easy to apply as it soaks into the skin easily and develops the quickest leaving you streak free. A lotion tends to give you a rich, deep colour with intense hydration throughout the day, the lotions can fade blotchy so you have to be careful how much you put on and wash it off properly so you get a long lasting tan. 
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