Take your faux glow to the next-level with these tips from the experts at Skinny Tan.

PRE-TAN

  • 12 hours before you tan, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. You could do this using the Skinny Tan Pre-Tan Primer or Exfoliation Mitt.
  • Apply coconut oil to your eyebrows to avoid ending up with splotchy brows full of tan build-up.
  • Rub an ice cube over your face to seal your pores. This way, your pores won’t get blocked by the self-tanner and you run less risk of breakouts.
  • The same applies to your legs. Rub an icepack over them to close the pores. This will prevent tan from sitting in your pores and those annoying brown spots that appear on your calves and shins.
  • Just prior to tanning, apply an oil-free, fragrance-free lotion to the super dry areas: knees, elbows and ankles. These areas are more likely to “grab” the tan, so the lotion helps prevent the tan saturating the skin here, which will otherwise go darker than other parts of the body.

MID-TAN

  • Start from the bottom! You’ll need to either sit or bend over to tan your feet and lower legs. If you start from the top of your body and then bend over to do you lower body, your freshly applied tan will rub and smudge against your other body parts. So, start your tan application from your feet and work upwards to avoid any smudges or creases in your tan.
  • Contour with your tan for ultra-long, slim legs. Apply an extra layer of tan down the inner thigh to make legs appear longer and slimmer.
  • To apply tan to your back, wrap a tanning mitt around a wooden spoon, then secure mitt in place with an elastic band. You can then easily reach all areas of your back.

POST-TAN

  • Got uneven tan around your forehead and hairline? Dip a cotton pad into some facial toner and dab it across your hairline to even it out.
  • After you’ve taken off you’re tanning mitt, you’ll need to apply a small amount of tan to your hands so they’re not a different colour to your arms. Apply a tiny bit of tan to the back of both hands, and rub the backs of your hands together. Then rub a light moisturiser or hand cream over your hands (and in between fingers and across wrists up to where you’ve tanned your arms) as if you were washing them. The lotion will carry and spread the tan across your hands and wrists and ensure a smooth, even coverage of tan, without any dark marks in between your fingers or on your wrists. This will prevent orange hands or even worse, white ghost hands, on a lovely bronzed arm.
  • Apply a body gloss, such as the Skinny Tan After Glow Gloss to make your tan pop. It adds shine, a beautiful glow and takes the whole look to the next level.
  • In the days after your tan avoid soap, which can be drying, and go for a moisturising, creamy body wash to keep moisture levels in your skin up and prevent skin from drying out.