Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Top 5 Tanning Tips

Ah summer...hair gets lighter...skin gets darker... well not if your pale skinned like me. I am seriously pale, so ghostly white that it's blinding; don't get me wrong I do embrace the pale but sometimes it's nice to have a healthy glowing tan. But to get a healthy glowing tan I have to use fake tan because the sun does nothing but give me freckles and burn my pale skin, this means that I have a bit of experience when it comes to the do's and don'ts of fake tan so I thought I'd share some of my tips...

1. Exfoliating your skin will remove any dead skin cells or dry skin helping your tan to apply more evenly so it is less likely to go patchy. If you are a frequent fake tanner, exfoliating your skin will also help to remove your old fake tan once again helping to minimize patchiness. For the best results I would recommend lightly exfoliating (with an exfoliating mitt or body scrub) every day for a week prior to tanning.

2. Moisturizing is the most important part of your tanning routine. Moisturizing everyday for a week prior to tanning should prevent the fake tan sticking to any dry skin and moisturizing after tanning will help maintain the tan and help it fake without going patchy. Even if you do not think that your skin is dry it probably is especially in areas such as your knees, hands, ankles, elbows and spine, if you do not moisturize these areas they will go orange. 

3. Unless you have found the perfect high street tan for you I would recommend investing in a more expensive fake tan such as St Tropez, Xen Tan or Fake Bake. This is because they are often more forgiving if you apply them badly and have less orange pigment, giving a more natural look. There is always an offer on somewhere so if you do your research you are unlikely to have to pay full price anyway.

4. You don't need to have an expensive fake tan mitt to apply fake tan well. While they do come in handy if you don't own one simply put a couple of pairs of clean socks over your hand (a couple so that the tan doesn't seep through and turn your hands orange). Whatever you do, DO NOT APPLY FAKE TAN WITH YOUR HANDS! I do not care what anybody says, no matter how many time you wash your hands they will be stained orange, which is a common tell tale sign of a bad fake tan.

5. Check over every inch of your body to make sure you have applied the tan everywhere. To do this thoroughly stand in front of a full length mirror in good lighting and check that you haven't missed anywhere. If you have missed or can't reach an area, for example your back which is always a tricky place to reach on your own, rope in a friend or family member to help you out.

What are your opinions of fake tan?

Eleanor xx

12 comments:

  1. Great tips but I'm so scared to just go for it, I always use gradual tanner!

    Tara x

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  2. I love fake tan but can never be bothered with the hassle of letting it dry and then having to wash my sheets 3 times to get the marks out! Definitely agree with the mitt though. It's crucial! xx

    Katy | www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

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  3. I had a tan once and it was really good - although i was a dark orange brown whilst waiting to wash. I like to get outside and get a natural tan as much as I can, sometimes tanning is too much fuss for me
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I'm such a pale person.. I want to start tanning myself but I just enjoy being pale too much. I'm also a little scared that it will all go wrong!

    lorrieloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Thanks for the tips. i'd really like to self-tan...

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

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  6. I'm usually too lazy to exfoliate, I rarely use fake tan, only on special occasions :) tinted moisturiser is a favourite of mine!!

    Hannas’ UK Beauty | Lifestyle blog @ hannatalks

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  7. I've never tried, but I thinks it's a really nice option for those who can't go to the beach or the pool that often! Great post!! <3

    Beatriz,xo
    Classy and Trendy

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  8. I've wanted to try to self tan again but I've had too many bad results and now prefer to be pale. I just can't stand the bad results

    www.highheelsandtutus.com

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  9. Awesome tips, and great post. I've never tried it, but sounds great to try.
    Check my blog.

    style-mepretty.blogspot.com

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  10. i never used fake tan but i feel like i have to. i'm super white and it takes ages for me to get a tan in the sun...i feel like i have to order some fake tan right now.
    xx

    dornroeeschen.blogspot.com

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  11. This post was super useful! I was thinking of investing in St. Tropez for a quick tan because I don't tend to tan much and I really wanted to tan more. So this may help! Thank you Eleanor <3

    www.definitelymycupoftea.com

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