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Since we’ve been besieged with warnings of sun damage (all facts by the way – this isn’t a load of erroneous chitter chatter stirred up to spoil our fun) we’ve been scared of so much as letting our left nostril expose itself to the sun.
That said, we still want healthy, glowing skin that encourages comments like, ‘Oh, you look SO well!’ and ‘What foundation are you wearing your skin looks flawless’ (to which you can smugly declare you are in actual fact fresh-faced). The tricky thing is, faking a tan on our face usually brings us out in major breakouts thanks to pore-clogging, greasy tanners.
The reason for this is that fake tan sits on the skin’s surface like a permanent foundation (imagine if you left one on for four days!), so there is a certain amount of prep that must be done first so you can get that airbrushed, holiday tan minus the sun damage and wrinkles.
Step 1: Scrub-a-dub
Before you get your mitts on a mitt, make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed and all of your make-up is off. As you would your body, it's good to follow up with a scrub pre-tan as it removes excess grime lurking in pores and buffs away dead skin for a smoother surface for your tan to adhere to.
Step 2: Tone tone tone
You might think toning is redundant, but it’s crucial to refine pores so they’re not inelegantly gaping open. This will limit tan from settling and causing spots.
Step 3: Wash your mitts
Take one look at your mitt. Does it look like you’ve worn it as a sock and walked three miles over Box Hill? It’s time for a new one. They cost less than a coffee so it’s worth having one especially for your face and changing it as often as your toothbrush.
Step 4: Be a fuss pot
Oil-free tans or antioxidant ones are less likely to clog or aggravate skin. Bondi Sands Everyday Face Gradual Tanning Milk, £11.99 is a good option and melts as you massage it in and builds up to a believable tan or Xen-Tan Face Tanner, £16.99 is packed with aloe and vitamin E to soothe skin prone to flare ups.
Good to glow, ladies!