Bronze beauty: home tanning tips!By Sophie
Tis' the season to be bronzed and delicious!
The British summer is back with her usual tricks; namely a spell of glorious sunshine followed by weeks of showers and grey skies.
But do not despair! The Student Guide is on hand to take you from pasty to tasty without the fear of nasty UV rays or a big beautician bill!
Follow our quick and easy guide, and don’t forget to moisturise!
- Cleanse: stick to natural products; anything too alkaline will not provide a good base for tanning.
- Exfoliate: the day before you apply your bronzer, get buffing! Be careful to exfoliate your entire body, as flaky skin attracts tanning products. A cheap buffing ball will be sufficient!
- Moisturise: for optimum moisturising conditions, keep your bathroom door and window shut when tanning. As you step out of the shower smooth an even layer of lotion over your skin, paying particular attention to knees, elbows, armpit area and ankles.
- Gloves: this is optional, as some people prefer to scrub their hands after application rather than use latex gloves during.
- Toes to nose: start with your feet and work your way upwards. When it’s time to do you face, do not apply any extra tanning product, instead sweep your hands over your face and neck for a subtle glow.
- White bits: when you have completed your application take five minutes to ensure you get a professional finish. Take a damp piece of cotton wool and sweep it over your knees, ankles and the crease between your arm and body.
- Hands on: either scrub your hands (being careful to avoid splashes) or remove your gloves, apply a small amount of tanning product to the back of one hand before running your hands around each other, paying particular attention to the wrist area.
- Glow: top up your facial tan with make-up and a flick of your bronzing brush.
- Upkeep: reapply your fake tan every 4-5 days, avoid long hot baths and maintain a light exfoliating regime to ensure an even fade.