Are You Making These Fake Tan Fails?

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While spending hours out in the bright summer sun, working on our tan is a task we love to take on, we can’t help using a product (or two) to “enhance” it. We choose to blame the gorgeous summer fashions for tempting us to fake a just-got-back-from-a-beach-vacay tan. But in order to show off that natural-ish summer glow, allow us to walk you through some top beauty tips we’ve gathered over the years.

The first rule of getting your tan right is to exfoliate your skin right before you start using any kind of tanning product - even if it’s just a ‘tan-enhancing moisturiser’. The reason we insist on this step is because it creates a clear, smooth canvas for your (upcoming) golden complexion. To create a homemade exfoliator that scrubs and at the same time smoothens your skin, mix sea salt and greek yogurt in a small bowl. The salt acts as the exfoliator, while the yogurt helps give your skin a much-needed glow. If you’re unwilling to get your hands dirty then there are several products you can order online. The first on our list would be The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Squeaky-Clan Scrub £7. This skin-clearing facial scrub combines micro-fine exfoliants with bursting beads to help unclog pores without over-drying, and your skin instantly feels soft, smooth and super clean.

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Another product we can recommend is Aveda’s Beautifying Radiance Polish £30.60 as it is a skin-refining exfoliator that works to buff away dead, dull skin cells for a luxurious spa-like experience. Its delicious smelling formula contains a blend of nourishing safflower and olive oils that encourage cell renewal, revealing silky smooth skin from head to toe that is ready to be evenly bronzed.

Another major rule that is conveniently ignored - sticking to the time mentioned on the product. For example when using California Tan Sunless Color Perfecting Complex Instant Sunless Spray £18.95, you’re required to spray it evenly on your body and wait for 4 hours before bathing, to allow the colour to develop. To ensure you steer clear of streaks, patchy skin or other worse skin reactions, take the instruction manual of the product seriously and set an alarm on your smartphone.

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There are several reports that suggest aloe vera based products are super useful in blending the colour. Based on our past experiences, Aloe Pura’s Organic Aloe Vera Gel £4.79 can be used to moisturise your skin after you’re done (fake) tanning. Its non-greasy and easily absorbed formula cools, soothes and moisturises dry and sensitive skin. Final words of advise - keep your cool. Tanning at home isn't always as easy as the advertisements claim it is; it takes time and a lot of effort.

Flaunting pale skin is something that none of us want in the summer - it just doesn't go with out mini skirts and short shorts. So follow our guide and top beauty tips and we can assure you, you’ll never find yourself making a tan fail again.

Now that you're up-to-date about fake tanning fails, read about the 3 smokin' summer looks you can do in under 10 minutes here.

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