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Admittedly, fake tans are a pain to get right. So when we do make the effort it’s worth doing it properly so it lasts as long as possible. That way we don’t have to go through the faff and stink of biscuits more often than we should. Even if you manage to apply with no streaks, you’ll still have to deal with a half faded tan in a couple of days if you don’t look after it. And so often fake tan can give you spots! But it’s not just the aftercare that’s important – it’s about prep and application too.
Enter, James Harknett, Celebrity Tanning Ambassador for Sienna X. We’ve squeezed out his tanning secrets to make your tan last for days (and days).
Fail to plan, plan to fail. Preparation is everything, girls! If someone has tanned previously and it’s starting to come off in sections (tanning can be dehydrating that’s why it separates and goes patchy) I’d advise them to do a scrub to prep the skin and get the leftover tan off. If you can, a steam or a sauna is a great way to really shift an old tan as it speeds up your skin’s exfoliation process.
Avoid the curse of the tangoed hands. To avoid Oompa-Loompa paws, moisturise your wrists before tanning. Tan the tops of your arms first, and just sweep whatever’s left on your tanning mitt on the underside of your arms and your wrists so you’re applying as little product possible. Moisturise your hands after to just blend in the tan nicely. As it’s super natural it won’t be so obvious when it fades.
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Go easy. The body parts that have less flesh on them (elbows, knees, ankles, feet and wrists) are usually a bit drier, so they’re prone to sucking up the product and looking weirdly dark and uneven. Firstly, moisturise these areas pre-tan. Then apply the tan as sparingly as you can. That way your tan will fade evenly.
Pat, don’t rub! Hot water is your enemy. Opt for warm showers rather than piping hot ones and just press yourself dry with a towel instead of rubbing. If you can, give swimming pools a miss too. If the water is heavily chlorinated it can rip off your colour and things can get a bit scaly.
Crack out the baby powder. After a few days fake tan starts to separate and rubs off in patches, especially in between your boobs and inner thighs. This is because that's where sweat builds up and washes the tan off. So if you’re hitting the gym or exercising and are going to get hot then remember that perspiration is a killer. Pop a bit of baby powder into your sports bra to soak up excess sweat and stop the heat of the fabric rubbing your tan off.
Powder Room top drawer:
Sienna X Q10 Bronzing Mousse (£20.79, sienna-x.co.uk)
“This is great for getting a really deep, even tan without any streaks. It’s really moisturising as it contains vitamin E and the guide colour means you won’t miss any bits.”
Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser (£4.99, boots.com)
“Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Preferably with something oil free. Some of the cheapest moisturisers on the market are the best. This Vaseline spray is amazing as it kind of seals your tan in.”
Foreo LUNA mini (£99, boots.com)
“It’s my best friend! I can put any cleanser or exfoliator in there and my skin looks amazing after I’ve used it. It’s great for getting the remnants of fake tan off as well.”