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Fake it, don’t bake it

by Letisha Tate-Dunning
Fake it, don’t bake it

With Summer fast approaching, it’s easy to fret about getting our limbs out after months in hibernation, but there’s no need to worry with the range of fake tan products on the market. You won’t need to spend hours baking in the sun to achieve a naturally bronzed look, and you won’t risk getting skin cancer in the process.


Before you start with your tan, it’s important that your skin is properly prepared.



Here are our top tips that will ensure you get the best results:


1. Exfoliate


By removing dead skin cells and buffing away rough skin, your fake tan will have a much better chance of going on evenly. I like to use an exfoliating body wash and a loofah, but you could also use an exfoliating mitt and some regular body wash.


2. Moisturise


While exfoliating will reveal a new layer of skin, it is extremely important that this layer is also moisturised thoroughly to provide a smooth surface. Be sure to let the moisturiser set in fully before applying your tan, and be sure to keep moisturising in the days after to keep the tan even and avoid it going patchy. Pay particular attention to the knees and elbows, as these areas tend to be drier than others.


3. Apply


If using a spray, apply a product like Vaseline or a little moisturiser on your fingernails/toenails, hairline, eyebrows and lips before applying to ensure that you don’t get a concentration of tan in these areas. Also, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after application, to ensure you don’t end up with brown palms. Alternatively, you can use a tanning mitt, available at most pharmacies.




Top 5 Fake Tan Products


1. The gradual tanning moisturiser


This is perfect for the novice fake tanner, or for those who are looking for an easy way to build up to a natural looking tan.





Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion, approx. $8 for 250ml


2. The cream


Creams are great for those with drier skin, but ensure you opt for one that’s tinted, otherwise you won’t be able to see where you applied it.





L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion, approx. $30 for 150ml


3. The mousse


With a lightweight formula, mousses are perfect for those who want a natural-looking tan but are pressed for time. We hear they won’t rub off on clothes like creams or spray, but we would always suggest wearing dark colours after your tan just in case.





Natio Self Tan Mousse, approx. $22 for 150ml 


4. The spray


For the more advanced, a spray can definitely give you the salon look without the big price tag. This formula is tinted, so you will have an instant tan that will develop further over the next few hours.



Sugarbaby Golden Glamour Salon Style Instant Self Tan Spray, approx. $30 for 200g. 


5. The all-natural


For those that are after the same great tan without any nasties, try this Trilogy 100% natural bronzing gel.




Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel, approx. $35 for 150ml




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