I have never done a post on fake tan before, but I get quite a lot of questions about my fake tan routine, and after partnering with an amazing brand for this blog post (although more on that later), I thought that now was the time to discuss all things fake tan. I haven’t done a 101 post in ages- click here for the last one!
I have been wearing fake tan for the past 2 years, and although I don’t wear it all of the time, I do wear fake tan most weeks. It always makes me feel so much more confident than my natural skin colour and I think it makes me look a lot healthier too.
I thought to make this post for all of the people who are maybe new to fake tan and want to try it, or for fake tan lovers who want some extra tips and tricks, or some product recommendations. Trying fake tan in the summer is a perfect time as an alternative to baking yourself in the sun, as it looks just as natural and is also a lot healthier for your skin. Your future self with thank you!
In this post, I am using “White to brown” products, which were kindly gifted to me by the lovely team. They are a fab business based in Leeds, and I am going to be working with them quite a lot over the next few months. I love their products, I love their work ethic and I love supporting online businesses like mine.
So- back to the tan. If you are new to tan, you need to figure out the best type to use. You have 3 main options:
I can’t give you the best type of fake tan to use and they are all good in their own ways, but I tend to use spray more than the others. That being said I tended to use the mousse a lot when I was younger!
Now onto the options that I can give some advice about- whether you want to use a clear or coloured tan. I used to wear coloured tan and I would definitely recommend a coloured tan if you are new to tanning. This is because you can clearly see where the fake tan has been applied, so you are less likely to go patchy and not leave huge gaps of paler skin. However, now I tend to use a clear tan because it doesn’t stain the sheets if I leave it on overnight, and also I think that the colour seems to show up less orange and more ‘an actual tan’, although that might just be the high quality of the products that I have been using.
I absolutely love the ‘white to brown self tanning water’ spray, because it has an oil based formula and really helps hydrate my dryer skin. I find that I go a lot less patchy than other fan tans that I have tried, my skin is more moisturised, the shade is amazing (it looks like a real tan and I often get compliments) and it also smells absolutely amazing. I hate the smell of fake tan, so having a fake tan that smells like coconuts is a winner from me.
Now that we have covered the type of tan you want to use, its onto the tanning routine itself. I start my tanning routine by exfoliating any leftover tan that I had on before, using either a sugar scrub or coconut oil for any stubborn areas. I also make sure to moisturise any dryer areas, such as my elbows and knees, so the tan doesn’t cling to them as much.
Then I use a tanning mitt to apply my tan in circular motions all over my body, being careful to make sure that I have applied it all over. I ALWAYS end up missing somewhere, usually my ankles and wrists for some reason. At the moment I am loving the white to brown mitt to apply my fake tan, and will be purchasing it from now on I am sure. It has such a fab texture (different to any other mitt that I have), double sided, and is also machine washable so perfect the environment too.
I used to find that my chest, hands and feet used to go so patchy until I found out the makeup brush trick. This is where you use a small buffing brush to apply your fake tan to these areas, and for some reason it means that it doesn’t go patchy at all. Its amazing and such a good tip for people who struggle with a patchy tan.
I usually do this whole fake tan routine on an evening, and then sleep with my tan on to develop overnight. The next morning I usually have a short shower to wash off the excess tan, and make it look more natural. Another top tip: if you can cope with it, try to have the coolest shower you can. Not only will it wake you up on a morning, but also it means that you tan doesn’t come off as your pores aren’t opening as much. I’m not sure if that is realistically the science behind it, but since doing it I have found that significantly less fake tan rubs off in the shower when it is cooler.
That is my main fake tan routine, but I thought to include my night out tan in this post too. When I am on a night out, I like to have a dark tan so I often use a wash off tan on my chest and shoulders. Not only does it make my skin more glowy, but it also adds more colour and makes my skin look healthier. I have been using the ‘white to brown wash off gel’, which is so helpful to get the effect that I want. I apply this with the makeup brush technique that I mentioned earlier, and then it just washes off at the end of the night.
So that is my whole fake tan routine and fave products at the moment. I hope that this post is useful, as it is something that I would have loved to read when I first got into fake tan a few years ago… looking back on photos there were a lot of disasters! Let me know if you have any tips and tricks as I am always up for trying more techniques and products. Heres to a summer of fake tan!
(Some items in this blog post were complimentary, but all opinions and photos are my own.)