I’ve already had my first spray tan of the season and have started to semi-regularly apply a gradual tanner to at least my legs and arms.
That’s the thing about launching full-steam ahead into spring. It actually gets too hot to hide your arms and legs. The same limbs that were having a nice, cosy party for four under jackets, jeans, tights and leggings now have to be loud and proud.
I don’t proclaim to be a self-tanning expert. Far from it.
Mainly this is due to my impatience and lack of quality time alone in the bathroom.
But I have learned a few tricks over the past few years that you might like to take on board should you wish to go down the fake tan path.
1. If you’re wanting to tan at home, arm yourself with the essentials. And get a lock on your bathroom door. You’ll need an exfoliator, tanning lotion to suit your skin colour, perhaps an application glove and someone to help you reach the bits you can’t get to.
2. If you’re a bit scared of the potential mess you could make of your own application, you have two options: stick with a gradual tanner (it’s fake tan mixed with moisturiser and can’t be stuffed up) or book in at a salon.
3. If booking in at a salon, you need to do your prep work beforehand. Firstly, book to have your tan 48 hours before any special event (it takes this long for the colour to fully develop). Shave 24 hours before. Exfoliate that morning and avoid moisturiser beforehand.
4. Ask around for a salon recommendation. I went even further before getting my first spray tan and asked for recommendations from people who had similar skin colouring to me. I didn’t want to look like this:
5. If the spray tan is for a special occasion like a wedding (I’ve had a couple of emails about this recently) then make sure you do a test run at least a month out to make sure you’re happy with the colour.
6. Do not to the Eagle Rock. (I’ll let my Barbie video explain this further).
7. So that the colour on your face blends seamlessly with that on the rest of your body, ask your spray tanner to do a light spray over your face then adjust your foundation to suit. Bronzer also helps to blend face and body.
8. Head to your spray tan prepared with loose clothing to put on afterwards. Preferably black clothing. An Australian company has cleverly come up with a dress specifically for this task.
9. Moisturise EVERY day after a spray tan. I like to use a gradual tanner here as it will prolong the tan and make it less patchy when it fades. Before tanning again, exfoliate or use a Tan Go cloth to get rid of any residual colour.
Self-tan products I love
1. Custom Tan self-tanning mousse $32.95 | 2. Invisible Zinc Sunless Tanning Jet Set Tan $38 | 3. St. Tropez Everyday Perfect Legs $43.95 | 4. Palmer’s Natural Bronze Tanning Moisturiser $12.95 | 5. Le Tan Instant Face Tan $7.99 | 6. Jane Iredale Tantasia self tanner $54 | 7. Ella Bache Great Tan Without Sun $40
Ella Bache opens in Brisbane’s Myer Centre: If you work in the middle of Brisbane then getting your tan on just got a little easier with the opening this week of this salon. The owners are the team behind Ella Bache Carindale, Capalaba and Post Office Square. This new salon offers full skin analysis and diagnosis, along with a beauty menu of waxing, tanning, facials and body treatments. And yes, you can pick up your Great Tan products while you’re there.
Do you fake tan for summer? Or throughout the year? What’s your favourite products? Do you have any tips for those who have never tried a salon spray tan?
Oh, I have just received a special offer from Custom Tan that I can pass on to Styling You readers. Enter stylingyou at the check out to save $5 on your purchases at the online store. Visit here