With summer looming it’s time to think about flashing some flesh. But skin that’s been kept under wraps for months won’t necessarily be at its best, even if you have been taking care of it throughout the winter. Nothing says you’re embracing summer more than a sun-kissed glow. Going the self-tanning route may even help protect you from sun damage, as recent research shows that beachgoers educated in self-tanning techniques and the dangers of UV rays are less likely to sit in the sun without proper protection.
Gone are the days of orange and unnatural tans. The biggest trend in tanning right now is the ‘pale fashion tan’ or the ‘au-tan’, think Katy Perry not Lindsay Lohan’. It’s no longer cool to permanently look like you’ve just jetted back from a 5 star luxury holiday and a much more dignified tan and natural tan has been spotted on the red carpet and fashion runways this year.
Tanning guru, Marissa Carter has rounded up some top pro self-tanning tips. According to Marissa “Everyone wants to have a radiant glow that seems like it comes from within. However, two of the biggest tanning faux pas when making the transition from Spring to Summer are a lack of skin preparation and going too quickly from pale to tanned. Make sure to do it gradually and no-one will suspect that you’ve been faking it. Also invest time in prepping skin before hand to ensure that self tan has an even base.
1. Prep Skin
Patches of old, dead skin will absorb the tan which can lead to spots and streaks. To ensure an even tan, dry-brush before you shower or use an exfoliating mitt with an oil-free body wash to get rid of any dead skin.
2. Be Bare
After you shower stay away from any sprays or deodorants as the spray tan can turn your skin a green-grey colour when the tan hits your deodorant. A spray tan works best when it’s applied on dry, freshly cleaned and exfoliated skin so avoid wearing any essential oils, perfume or body lotions.
3. Vaseline is Your Friend
If you suffer from dark circles around your eyes, apply vaseline to the area before getting sprayed. This will act as a barrier to the tan and means the skin around your eyes won’t darken further. If you have fair eyebrows, apply some vaseline through them too so the tan doesn’t make them go orange.
4. Get Your Timing Right
Waxing, threading or tweezing should all be done at least 24 hours before a spray tan. Hair removal that tears hair out of the follicle can leave the follicles open which means the tan can pool creating tiny dark spots which can cause an uneven colour.
Good salons will use their own formulation and will assess your own skin tone to make sure the tan matches your skin and there isn’t a tango tan in sight.