Hip hip hooray! It’s almost the time of year again where it will seem acceptable to bare those legs and body to the world. No, it’s not summer, I know, but the winter chill is leaving us and the temptation to omit tights from the party outfit is increasing by the minute.
However, if you are anything like me, the only thing stopping you will be the fear of revealing your pasty limbs to the public after a whole winter of hiding them away. The solution is simple. Get the fake tan out and bronze yourself silly. You don’t need to look like you have been to Ibiza for a month, but a good sun-kissed glow will be enough to get heads turning and admiring glances headed in your direction!
Now, seeing as I am known by all of my friends as the queen of fake tan, it has been suggested that I finally write an article advising how to do it and how to do it well. Since I had a skin cancer scare a few years ago, I never, ever sunbathe and during the summer I actually wear factor 50 or even factor 70 sunscreen to protect my skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, therefore I never have a natural tan and I proudly have been very open about my use of fake tan and my responsible use of sunscreen scannable fake id. To pull a fake tan off takes a certain amount of skill in the application and I would love to share a few tips with you. Some you may know and others not but combine all this knowledge and you will have the best, natural looking fake tan in town!
First of all you must choose a fake tan that is suitable for the shade of your skin. This is for two reasons. The first is that you want it to look natural. If you have pale Scottish type skin like me you would probably never in your wildest dreams naturally achieve a tan to match a Spanish princess, so it can look a little ridiculous to try this. Secondly, if you go too dark to begin with, when the tan starts to fade or your skin starts to flake a little you will be left with some very bizarre looking white patches and you will be hiding your legs and not getting them out.
This brings me nicely to the next step. Exfoliation. It’s one of the most important fake tan tips. In order to get a nice even coverage on your skin and one that stays put, you must get rid of all those dead skin cells beforehand. If you don’t, the coverage will look very patchy. Take a shower or bath and use a loofa or a bath lily loaded with your favourite soap or cleansing gel and make sure you pay particular attention to areas such as elbows and knees and even around your ankles.
Once out of the bath then you need to moisturise madly, again paying particular attention to those elbows, knees and ankles. Allow twenty minutes or so for the moisturiser to have soaked in before trying to apply the fake tan as otherwise your poor skin will have a hard time trying to absorb all that moisture at once.
Now don some thin plastic gloves. Some fake tan manufacturers provide gloves but if not, I quite often find the ones available on the petrol garage forecourt work rather well. Apply in circles and then stroke the area in straight lines so you will have covered it thoroughly. I normally start with the face, neckline and collar bone area then move onto the arms, front torso, legs, feet, back and hands. Pay attention to the joins of these areas, especially around the arm pits and down both sides of your body. Important to note is that it is best to initially omit the areas such as elbows, knees and go back to them later. They tend to be dry areas so its best mix a little bit of the fake tan with some moisturiser as otherwise these areas can turn rather too dark.
When doing your feet and ankles also mix some fake tan with moisturiser and work well between the toes, around the ankles and down the sides of the feet. Pop some Vaseline on your toenails if you wish in case some tanning lotion goes on them and discolours the nails.
The hands and wrists should also be done with care. Place a small dollop of moisturiser on the back of one hand and then place half the amount of fake tan on top of it. Then rub it in using the backs of both of your hands rubbing together, working well down the sides of the fingers and then rub the wrists onto the back of the hands so they pick up a little of the excess tan and moisturiser.
As for the back area, you really do need a partner in crime to do this for you unless you are very double jointed! Once you have done this you may, depending on the brand, have to wait 20 mins or so before putting your clothes on. So my advice would be to slip an old dressing gown on and have a nice cup of tea whilst the lotion dries. A couple of hours later your beautiful bronzed colour should have developed and you will be ready to rock and roll!