Friday, 15 June 2018

Fake Tan Guide // Top Products and Tips

Hello babes! Another day another dollar, unless you're me and currently enjoying post-university life...Anyway, I've been spending a lot of time watching crime documentaries on the old Netflix and just hanging out with friends seeing as the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. But, nothing makes me feel more confident going out in the sunshine than when i've applied some fake tan.

Now, I know some people really hate fake tan, they see it as some weird, orange paste which makes you look like a human carrot, but honestly, I love it. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world which is so scary, so i'm very aware that i'm pale, I spend two minutes in the sun and my face goes freckly and I do have a lot of moles so looking after my skin in the sun is a top priority of mine. Obviously, it's hard not to catch a natural tan, but fake tan is just a safe way of getting that golden glow without burning your skin or causing any permanent damage.  


1. First of all, it's important to exfoliate wherever you're going to fake tan, this just helps remove any dry or dead skin and keeps your fake tan looking fresher for longer. 

2. Avoid moisturising immediately before you fake tan as it will leave it super streaky and patchy. If you are going to moisturise, do it a few hours before so it properly sinks in. 

3. Try to use a separate tan product for your face, especially if you're leaving it on overnight as the natural oils will make the fake tan look really blotchy and streaky. I tend to avoid tanning my face as my makeup adds a bronzed look anyway.  

4. Try to use a tanning applicator rather than your hands to rub the tan in, this minimises the chance of leaving weird streaks and patches. I personally love using a tanning mitt, then after i'm done with it I just rinse it with cold water so the tan comes out and its good to go for the next use. 


1. I am completely obsessed and hooked on the Superdrug Solait bronzing tanning mousse. Now, I love mousse fake tan as it's pretty fool-proof, you can see exactly where you're applying it because it gives an instant tan, and because of this you minimise the chance of patches because you can just top up where you need to once you've finished tanning. The reason why I love these tanning mousses in particular is because they are so affordable, really easy to use, they dry quickly and leave you with a perfect tan. There isn't that crazy biscuit smell after using this and although sometimes it does transfer a bit onto white sheets, I can forgive it because it's just so affordable!

2. Now, I bought this St Tropez spray tan whilst it was on sale, which it seems to be constantly discounted (not bad), and I do love it but it's a lot of effort to use. Although it leaves you with the most gorgeous, deep tan it can be quite messy if you're not super careful, that's why if you're a fake tan newbie I wouldn't reach for this first. It's easy to blend and does dry quickly with no weird smells though, and I am obsessed with the results of this spray tan.

3. The L'Oreal Sublime tinted shimmer gel is a really nice fake tan. It does have a bit of a biscuit scent to it, however it leaves you with a really nice, glittery glow. It's a reasonable price for a buildable glow, you do have to leave it overnight to develop and it's not too intense so I think it works better for pale skin when you don't want something too deep. 

4. As i've said before in this post, I love a good mousse fake tan. I was so excited when Influenster sent me a little bundle of Rimmel products to test, and I have to say this Rimmel mousse self tan * is amazing. It's easy to apply, easy to blend and smells amazing. The only problem I had with this is that it doesn't come out too deep, so if you are looking for a 'darker' tan, you might need a couple of layers.

5. So the next product is one which I was very pleasantly surprised at is the Rimmel Instant Shimmer tan * and to be honest, I used this before a night out when I was pretty desperate to disguise my pale chest and neck and I was so happy with the results. I really do think this is a great tan product to have, it's easy to use as you can see exactly where it's going and does exactly what it's supposed to, produce great instant results. Another great thing about this product is that it's waterproof, so it's not just going to slip away if you get caught in the rain or what not.

6. Finally, the Rimmel Self Tan Lotion with Chia Oil *. Now, I think personally this product works best if you want a really subtle, glowing look. I think this works best once you've applied mousse, and you put it over the top for a 'healthier' look, as it makes everything more radiant and gets rid of that dry, scaly look fake tan sometimes has. It doesn't produce a deep tan at all, but it does give you a nice glow.

So there you have it, my little guide to fake tan and my top tips and products to get that golden glow. Choosing the right fake tan that works best for your skin type and shade can take some time, but hopefully this has helped out a little. I'd love to know in the comments what your go-to fake tan product is and if you've tried any mentioned in this post! I hope you all have a great weekend!


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