Self Tanning Guide

We all know that not everyone is good at applying fake tans and therefore most people would end up paying a large sum of money to a salon just to have an all year round glow, letís face it, not everyone has that type of money lying around. Thereís no need for your fake tan to fail when you follow some simply instructions and set enough time aside to get glowing. Youíre worth it anyway, so be patient.

Step 1 - Always Exfoliate
Before applying any self-tanning products, you should always make time to exfoliate as this process removes any dry, rough or dead skin cells that could cause patchiness when applying self-tanning products, and this is usually one of the biggest causes of fake tan disasters.

Itís simple, if you know that you are going to apply a fake tan then exfoliate at least 24 hours before and pay particular attention to areas such as your elbows, knees and around your ankle area.

Step 2 - Hydrate and Moisturise
It is always good to moisturise the skin at all times but particularly when using fake tans. Try to use a moisturiser that is fragrant free as some fragrant ingredients may conflict with your self-tanning ingredients.

Concentrate on the dry areas of your body such as elbows, knees and around the ankle areas. If you are lucky enough to have a naturally well-moisturised skin then only moisturise the drier areas of your body.

Step 3 - Get Glowing
Imagine your body as separate sections and in this way you wont get confused and over apply on the same part of your body.

Using a fake tan applicator such as a sponge, glove or even just your hands if you donít mind getting them messy, lightly apply product to your first section (preferable starting with your lower areas and working your way up) be careful not to overload the applicator.

* Try to apply a minimal amount of product to areas such as your elbows, knees and around the ankle area.

* Start with one leg first and apply product in an upward motion, so do your first leg up to the knees in one stroke. Once this is done, apply product from above the knee area up to the top of the thigh area. Repeat the same process on the back of the leg and do the same for your other leg.

* Next, do your tummy area first up to the bust using light upward movements. Do the same on your back and even better, get someone to do it for you.

* Use the same technique on the arms as on the legs, so if you normally tan you hands, then start from the hands up to the elbows but be careful not to overload product on your elbows. Then from your elbows up to the top of your shoulders, do the same on the other arm.

* Now for your face and neck area, apply product in an upward and outward motion, starting from the neck and working your way up the jaw line and donít forget to apply product to the very top of your hairline to avoid having a line, itís easier if you just apply the product to the very first part of where your hairline begins, you can always wash your hair after.

* Finally, allow product to dry for a few minutes, and then use a little moisturiser on areas such as the elbows, knees and around the ankle area to dilute any excess product to avoid patchiness.

* Allow your fake tan product to dry out thoroughly and I mean really thoroughly before getting dressed, ideally in loose fitting clothes. Not allowing the product to dry out properly is a big contributing factor to fake tan disasters, although you can buy products that dry out rather quickly.

After this, if you still donít have the confidence to do a fake tan then why not try some self tanning body moisturisers, which you apply in the same way as your daily moisturiser. This type of product does not have an instant tanning effect but gradually tans with everyday use. Using this type of product means you moisturise and tan at the same time, you still have to wash your hands after use.

Well, I hope your glowing now and donít forget to use a sun protection factor.

Always refer to the manufacturers instructions for any fake tan products you purchase.