I seem to have become something of a fake tan addict this summer. After a promising April in the UK when I managed to develop a pretty convincing base to my summer tan and topping up sessions in Ibiza in May and Valencia in June, a disappointing July and August in Britain has left me pale and pasty. So I have found myself faking it.
- Use a mitt or gloves. I haven’t personally used gloves as I tried a mitt first and love the results. I get mine from Boots – they’ve been on offer most of the summer and I only just realised but apparently they can be put in the washing machine on a cold wash – mine’s going in with my next delicates wash. Beats trying to hand wash it!
- Use a gradual tan if you’re scared of the proper thing or have had a bad experience in the past.
- Instant tans are a great quick fix if you want to wear a dress but your pins are pasty.
- Mousse fake tans are generally lighter and less greasy than lotions.
- Remember to fake tan your feet – I try to go all the way to the edges so that any line is almost on the bottom of my foot and therefore covered by any footwear.
- Remember also to tan the backs of your hands. Often forgotten as they are inside a mitt or gloves. Don’t overdo it but a little tan left of the mitt is often enough.
- Don’t wash the mitt straight away as you’ll wash the tan off your hands and leave it patchy!
- Whilst most people recommend putting fake tan on at night I find it annoying having to wander around letting it dry, so instead I tan in the morning and let it dry before dressing as I dry my hair and put my make-up on – that’s usually enough time. Just wear a darker colour and nothing too tight. Saves getting tan all over your bed sheets too.
- Either fake tan your face or use a bronzer – otherwise you’ll look sun kissed and ill at the same time!
- Finally, do not put any shoes and socks on until the tan is completely “fixed” – and don’t exercise or shower for a good 6-8 hours. Believe me, I speak from experience.