There is no better feeling than having a healthy tan and sun-kissed glow. Even those with an olive complexion feel the effects of being inside for too long. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a balcony or garden to catch some vitamin D whilst #StayingAtHome then it might be time to start turning to the world of fake tan.
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First things first, exfoliating is essential – think of fake tan like painting a table, which you need to sand down to ensure it’s as smooth as possible before applying any color.
Soak in a hot bath or shower to soften your skin, then using a pair of scrubbing gloves with a dollop of creamy body wash, massage over your entire body in brisk circular motions. Rinse with a blast of cold water to help close your pores before drying off.
When it comes to your face, do any dermaplaning (hair removal) or strong acids a day or two before tanning – we recommend running a flannel or muslin cloth under warm water to gently cleanse and buff off all dull and dead skin.
Tip: Exfoliating the evening before gives your skin a chance to heal and regenerate overnight, which will make your tan last longer.
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Next, layer on any serums in your skincare routine and apply a body lotion to areas prone to dryness – think knees, elbows, ankles, and underarms.
Lotions formulated with rich oils tend to leave a greasy film/residue on your skin, which may interfere with the tan’s adherence, so go for a more lightweight option.
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Applying the actual color is the real fake-it or break-it moment in every at-home tanning routine. We’ve found using a velvet-finished mitt coupled with a mousse (quick to dry and easy to apply) to be the most effortless route to getting a flawless finish.
Shake the bottle well, add a few pumps to a mitt and start at your calves working your way up and blending out in swift circular movements – if you begin in your mid-section, bending over can cause the color to crease on your stomach.
Use any leftover product on the mitt to gently rub over the feet and the back of your hands.
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Tanning your face is a completely different ballgame to the body, so we advise using two different formulas – body fake bakes tend to be darker and can sit in your pores or give brows and hairlines a tangerine tint.
Tanning drops that can be mixed in with your usual serum or cream will give the most subtle hint of color, or try a self-tan with added skincare benefits, such as Sisley’s new Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care – this multitasking fluid comes packed with plant-based active ingredients that work to deeply moisturize while delivering a healthy sun-kissed glow.
Tip: Be careful around your hairline and eyebrows. If your hair is fair, stay on the safe side and avoid staining by running a damp cotton bud through brows to fully remove excess product.
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Even seasoned fake tanning pros make mishaps – perhaps your skin is more dry than usual or you’ve been too heavy-handed around your ankles. Enter Bondi Sand’s game-changing Self Tan Eraser. In just five minutes the formula will remove telltale patchiness and stubborn streaks to leave you looking believably faux bronzed.
Photography Yulia Gorbachenko | Style Sandy Armeni | Makeup: Christine Cherbonnier @ The Wall Group using Kjaer Weis and ASEA Skincare | Hair Sadek Lardjane | Model Natalie Ogg @ The Society Management New York | Botanical Artist Lutfi Janania
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