Tanner to the stars James Harknett gives you the lowdown on how to fake it without looking like David Dickinson...
Preparation is crucial for a seamless tanned look. Exfoliate and revitalise your face before you begin with Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash, £14.95. It’s also the perfect product to use pre-shave as it lifts the hair follicles and removes dead skin.
Hands, elbows and feet are the trickiest areas to get right. Moisturise the drier parts of your body first so you get an even, non-streaky look.
Apply the tan a section at a time: face, neck, chest, abs, legs and then arms. Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Body Mist, £7.79, is practically foolproof – and the 360º spray means you can reach your back, too. Rub it in with a circular motion to get a clean finish.
Mix fake tan with a normal moisturiser for your face – you’ll be able to see exactly where you’re putting it, but you won’t look like an orange mess.
Leave a 30-minute window after tanning before putting your clothes back on and avoid wearing any light-coloured threads. No one wants to ruin their best crisp white polo with a streak of orange.
Don’t try to apply your tan in the morning before work – you need to leave it to develop, and the office is not the place for that. Set aside an evening and leave it to darken overnight, then shower in the morning.
It’s been proven that a tanned glow will make you feel more body confident, and if you use one that contains a sunscreen, you’ll also be protecting your skin. It’s not just about how good you look, alright?
If you’ve got a wedding or hot date coming up, booking in for a tan the day before with a pro will take all the hard work out of it. Just don’t get it done the same day, unless you want to smell like gone-off biscuits.
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