3 Easy Steps To Get A Perfect Fake Tan

By Melissa Snyte
 

Do you love glowing tan skin but hate spending your time and money at the salon getting a professionally done spray tan or lying in the tanning bed? If so, then you should keep reading because we are telling you the steps that you need to take to get the perfect fake tan. The process may seem easy but there are many ways that you can end up looking splotchy, uneven in tone, or end up with the wrong color altogether. However if you know a few simple tips you can avoid all of that and flaunt you flawless tan skin!

Step 1: Start By Exfoliating Your Skin

When Victoria’s Secret models are asked how they get their perfect sun kissed skin for the runway one thing that they always talk about is exfoliating before getting a tan. This step may seem unnecessary but if you want an even, long lasting tan you must exfoliate your skin. The surface of our skin is in a constant process of renewal. Our body perpetually primes new skin cells that push up the surface of our skin and take the place of old, damaged skin cells. So what happens to the old skin cells? The old skin cells are pushed out and sloughed off, however sometimes the old skin cells remain on the surface of our skin. When you exfoliate you are removing these skin cells and clearing away the surface of your skin.

Start By Exfoliating Your Skin

Exfoliating your skin before you apply fake tan does two extremely important things; it makes your tan apply more evenly and it helps the tan last a lot longer. Your fake tan will be able to apply more uniformly and provide your skin with a more even and natural finish because you will have cleared away dead skin cells that make the surface of your skin uneven. It also helps the fake tan last longer because the chemical reaction that causes the darkening effect will be attached to the new skin cells that have a longer life span on your body. If the tan is applied to old skin cells that are on the verge of being removed from the skin the tan will shed with the old skin cells.

Step 2: Don’t Rush

Many people make the mistake of or not giving their tan time to develop or rushing when they put their tan on altogether. They see the immediate result after their tan and if it isn’t what they want they panic. You should read the directions that come with your face tan and ensure that you give your tan the appropriate time to develop before you freak out. If you panic and apply another coat before the tan develops you could end up with a tan that is way darker and far more dramatic than you initially wanted it to be. You also shouldn’t rush when you are applying the product.

Perfect Fake Tan Products

If you slap the tan on and don’t put any effort into achieving a quality tan, you most likely will not end up with the finish that you want in the end. Set aside a good chunk of time for your tanning process. You can take a relaxing night or day in at home and make an event out of it. Take the time to exfoliate and prime your skin and apply your product with care. Another tip is to allot time for error if you are putting on your fake tan for a special event. Don’t put your fake tan on the morning before your prom or wedding. Do it a day or two before just in case it doesn’t turn out the way that you want it to.

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Step 3: Use A Quality Product

One of the most important that you need to do is to make sure that you are using a quality product. Many people want to go a few shades darker than their skin tone but after using the fake tan they find that they haven’t gone as dark as they want. This is because tanning products use the additive DHA to darken the skin. The potency and percentage of DHA in the product determines the result. If the product doesn’t contain much DHA it probably won’t be that effective or provide you with a noticeable change in skin tone. If you are using a product that is not effective and is not made with quality ingredients you will not achieve a quality result.

If you want the best result you should find a product that gives you the finish, color, and tone that you want. You can find this out by a process of trial and error testing out different brands and colors that they make. However a less expensive and time consuming method is just to do some research. You can find pictures and reviews online that give you an idea of how the product works and whether or not it is effective. But you should also keep in mind that reviews are objective and you should regard them as such.

Melissa Snyte

Melissa Snyte has been part of TheBeautyInsiders for over 6 years. She hold a degree MA( English) from Oxford University. She found her love with beauty industry and began contributing her ideas in this filed. She also holds BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance. In her free time she enjoys painting and doing gardening.