How to Get the Faux Glow

Orange is NOT the New Black

The majority of self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colourless sugar that interacts with the leading layer of skin to darken it. Uninviting orange tints from a self tanner are typically due to a saturation of DHA which can take place when you layer on too much product or when using a brand name consisting of greater levels of DHA than your skin type can handle. To identify how a self-tanning solution will work with your skin, apply a little amount of product to a test area before covering your entire body.

Scrub Up

You desire to make sure you have an even layer of dead skin cells so that they all tan and slough off together. Go for a scrub that is mild (think round, manufactured beads over granular and irregular ones) to prevent irritating the skin prior to tanning. Ideally you need to be seeking out an oil-free scrub to avoid producing an obstacle between your skin and the tan.

To Hydrate or Not Hydrate Your Skin?

Many experts suggest moisturising before you tan, while others think that cream interferes with the DHA and the skin. A great way to prevent the debate is to use a gradual tan moisturiser prior to your normal tanning product which is developed to work with DHA without clogging up your pores. Plus, if you miss out on an area with the full-fledged self-tanner, you've currently covered it with the steady tanner. Skin ought to be dry pre-application, however you must use a light layer of oil-free moisturiser or especially dry locations like elbows, hands, feet, ankles and knees so they do not over absorb colour. Look for products which contain hydrating components such as aloe vera, coconut or avocado oil to assist compensate for any dryness. This is a smart fool-proof trick that will solve any dilemmas when it comes to the question of satiating your skin.

Start from the Bottom

Self tanning newbies are best off using an easy to control mousse or gel with a wash off cosmetic tint. For self-tanner veterans, using an aerosol spray is the quickest, most natural alternative.

Shady Lady

Next use an aerosol spray to contour the M-shaped indentation produced by the bra on your decolette. To thin thighs, use a powder body bronzer or long wearing gel to darken the sides of your legs.

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Medium Skin Tones

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse - This very light-weight, easy to apply, silky mousse delivers an ultra-even all-over tan. Instilled with aloe vera, it dries in 60 seconds and establishes naturally and uniformly.

Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Tinted Self Tanning Gel - Packed with Argan oil and necessary fats, this light gel formula is deeply hydrating, aromatic with tiare flower and only takes an hour to establish.

Deep Skin Tones

St Tropez Dark Bronzing Spray - This fine, light weight spray tan is perfect for enhancing darker skin tones as well as being incredibly long lasting and fragrance complimentary.

Rodial Brazilian Tan Dark - Containing caramel for a rich chocolate hue, this Rodial product is second to none for attaining a just-back-from-Rio tan.


* Wearing latex gloves or utilizing a tanning mitt will avoid staining your hands and offer an even finish

* Use broad and uniform strokes to avoid uneven patches and streaks

* Choose the ideal tan for your tone and develop colour slowly. Use a progressive tanners on a pale skin whilst darker skin tones can take advantage of more intense formulas |

* Don't stress if you're patchy! Use a little lemon juice and scrub the impacted locations with a nail brush. The acid gently and naturally liquefies errors.