I’ve got those long-weekend feels happening. And by feels I mean prepping, planning and packing.
We’re heading to the beach. The forecast is hot, hot, and hot – so like all good girls who like to be sun-safe, I’m packing the hat, beach shelter and I’ve booked in for a spray tan.
While ever it’s warm enough to show my legs or shoulders to the world, I’m going to faux tan it up.
Now, this is not in any way meant to diss white skin. Some of my friends have the most gorgeous porcelain white skin, without nary a freckle to be seen.
My version of white is more motley.
For me, a spray tan smoothes out the motley and makes me feel more confident in clothes that expose a bit of skin.
This is not necessarily a confidence trick needed by everyone but it’s one of which I’m a frequent embracer.
You can read my 15 fake tan tips for the full low-down on all things faux but today, I’m focussing on a very important step in the fake tan process.
Tips for how to remove a fake tan
If you’re a semi-regular fake tanner like myself, then there is a high-percentage chance that there will be remnants of the previous tan on your skin. If you’ve moisturised religiously through your tanning period then the remnants won’t even be patchy, and therefore difficult to detect.
Don’t be fooled by this trickery. Those remnants are there and need attention on the day of your tan.
For a faux tan to stick, the skin needs to be free from dead skin cells, including skin cells attached to the previous tan.
The key word here is exfoliation but there are exfoliators and exfoliators. Typically the exfoliators will be a scrub formulation, a chemical formulation or good old-fashioned elbow grease in the form of a tanning removal mit.
See below for some product suggestions. Whatever method chosen, it’s important that there isn’t a hint of moisturising happening in exfoliating process.
Moisturising is for AFTER you’ve showered off your tanning application and for every morning and night thereafter. Moisturising before a tan will also prevent the tan from sticking.
I’ve used all of the products below. They work and set your skin up with a foundation for a very good tan result.
1. TanGO Exfoliating Mit $19.95: I love my mit. You can see the tan coming off so you know it’s doing its thing. I also love that it’s re-useable, time and again.
2. frank body original coffee scrub $14.95: I’ve been a frank fan since the beginning and this scrub may not be good for my shower’s cleanliness but it sure does do the trick to get my skin exfoliated and prepped for a fake tan.
3. Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff body scrub $15.95: This product is part of a stable of faux tan products and very much works to get your skin ready for its next tan.
4. Antheia Express Tan Remover kit $55: This particular tan removal system has me super excited. You mix up the formula (sachet into liquid) and spritz and wipe with the supplied cloth to remove. The amino acids dissolve away the tan. Step two – the micro peel – is all about restoring the skin and remove any remaining tan.
So tell me, are you a regular fake tanner? What do you use to prep your skin? What are your favourite products? If you salon tan, hit us with your recommendations.