A pinch & a punch for the first day of the month, summer, my favourite time of the year! Here are some of my personal tips and techniques for summer ready skin. I believe the best tan is a healthy tan that incurs no sun damage (although pretty unavoidable in Australia), I can’t promise that it’s low maintenance but its quicker and better for you than spending days in the sun:
Step 1: Prep and Prime
• Very often, a patchy tan is caused by dry skin. Use some regular exfoliating gloves to slough off majority of the dead and dry skin, but don’t rub yourself raw.
• Waxing is not ideal before a tan application, but if you must, do it a day or two before, the hair follicle needs time to close. Waxing also removes dead skin, sometimes leaving you too smooth—tan needs some dead skin to stick to.
• Moisturising every day is a good habit to get into, but if you can’t manage this at least do it in the days leading up to your tan application.
• Make sure you apply oil to your hands, elbows, knees and ankles right before a spray tan.
Step 2: Apply the Product
• For me, the best way to apply tan is with a spray gun (i.e. a spray tan) because it delivers an absolutely even distribution, no stripes. But this is not always feasible or practical, my next favourite method involves a mousse and a mitt. The mousse glides on evenly and the mitt gives a streak-free finish.
• Always apply product to your face, mix it with a moisturiser if you are nervous. There is nothing worse than a tanned body and a pale face.
• Always wipe (do not wash) your palms and in between fingers to avoid oopma loompa orange hands.
Step 3: Prolong and Enhance
• It’s essential that you moisturise. If you let your skin dry out, it will become scaly and flakey, causing your skin to look dehydrated.
• The tan on your face will fade quicker than the rest of your body. Use a bronzing powder to match your décolletage or reapply tan to face two days later.
• Enhance your tan by adding some shimmer to your moisturiser; your skin will look luminous, sun kissed and healthy.
Repeat this weekly or fortnightly. Never skip step 1.