Saturday, 28 April 2018

My Fake Tanning Routine



I am sure that if you have followed and read my blog for some time, you will know that I am a huge tan of fake tan. Some call it sunless tanner to try and make it sound posh, but let’s just be honest and say that it is fake tan.  I have a family history of skin cancer, so I do not take my chances when it comes to the sun. Even though I don’t think anything looks more stunning than a natural and deep tan, I don’t think that baking yourself in the sun is ever a good idea, which is why I always reach for my fake tan. I have been doing it for years now and I just love how I feel and look when I have a good layer of tan on. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many things that I dislike about fake tan, but I really think that the good points vastly outweigh the bad.

I know that it is all down to personal preference, but with so many different tanning lotions, mousses and sprays available now, I don’t see why people would still want to damage their skin. Over the years, I have tried out so many different fake tanners and trust me when I say that I have had some tanning disasters. One of the biggest things when trying to get a nice and even fake tan application, is to prep your skin first. It is the same with anything, you want a nice manicure, you have to prep the nails first. You want your makeup to look good, then you go in with a primer first the same applies for your fake tan. So, I thought I would share with you my fake tanning routine…

F I R S T
When I am wanting to start from scratch and get off all of the remainder fake tan, I will always start with a soak in the bath. By having a lay in a nice hot bath, it will start to loosen up the tanner that is still on the skin, without having to scrub too much. Then, I will let the water out of the bath and get into the shower. This way, all of the tanner will come off the body and I will be able to see what is still left over clearly without having a tan tinted bath.

S E C O N D
When I am in the shower, I will then go in and scrub my skin. I like to use a pair of exfoliating gloves because I find that they get the job done and aren’t too abrasive on the skin. I find that most of the tanner on the skin just comes straight off under the water with my gloves, but where it needs a little more of a push, I use my Soap and Glory body scrub. Then, once all of my tanner is off, I will shave everywhere to start the prep for the next round of tan.

T H I R D
Once I am out of the shower, I will dry myself and then go in with my moisturiser. I always use the Vaseline body moisturiser, I find that it just works well with my skin. I don’t moisturise everywhere because the moisturiser acts like a barrier to the tan and will stop it from developing as deep in these areas. So, I apply the Vaseline just to the areas of the skin that are dryer, for me this is my feet, shins, elbows and my hands. I will then leave this to soak in for a while before I go in with my tanner.

F O U R T H
Once, my moisturiser has soaked into my skin for quite a while, it is time to go in with my fake tan. My two go to fake tanners at the moment are either the Loving Tan Ultra Dark or the Bondi Sands tanner in Ultra Dark. I think both of these are great tanners and work really well. I will just go in and apply this really lightly all over my body. Once, I have one light layer on, I will pop my dressing down on and lay on my bed to allow it to soak in. Once, I am feeling near enough dry, I will go in with an additional layer, just where I need it, which for me is on my chest. When I am applying my tanner, I like to use the St Tropez mitt and for my face I apply it using a Morphe E1 brush.

F I F T H
When all of my tanner is applied, I will then go and pop some tight pyjamas on, this just helps when I am in bed and stops it from transferring onto my sheets as much. I will also go over my fingernails and toe nails with a wet wipe to stop the product from discolouring and staining my nails. I will then get into bed and try to move as little as possible, so I don’t get strange marks in my tan. But, when I am asleep, I trash like I am possessed, so this is much easier said than done!

S I X T H
In the morning the first thing that I will do is rinse off the tanner in the shower. I always feel like everything is coming off and I am going to be pale again, but you are left with a very natural layer of tan on the skin. When I get out of the shower, I will pat my body dry. I always refrain from rubbing because I don’t want it to take my tan off. I will also go in and moisturise my skin because I find this really locks in the colour.

S E V E N T H
To maintain my fake tan throughout the week, I will go in with moisturiser all over, every single day and I find that it really prolongs your tan. Also with moisturising every day, when the tan does gradually come off into the shower, I find it comes off much more evenly, so you don’t have patchy skin. I will also top up certain areas such as my hands and face that get washed and exfoliated more than other areas of the skin.

So, there you have it, my full take tanning routine. When I am not fake tanned, I just don’t feel like myself. It is so much safer on your skin that baking in the sun or frying yourself under a sun bed. I think it does take a while to nail your tanning routine to find something that works for you, but when you do it is definitely worth it. I will link down below to some of my favourite tanning products, in case you want to check them out.



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18 comments

  1. I'm so guilty for always having a tan tinted bath!! But I agree, it definitely helps get the remains off before applying a new layer. I'll have to try the vaseline body moisturiser as I have such dry skin x

    Gemma Louise

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    1. Honestly, it is incredible and so cheap!

      Danielle xx
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  2. I fake tan weekly and at the moment am obsessed with Loving Tan bu love Bondi Sands too! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I love both of those sunless tanners, they are incredible quality!

      Danielle xx
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  3. I'm always so scared to fake tan but hearing your routine has definitely made it sound a lot less scary haha!xx

    Lucy | www.lucy-cole.co.uk

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    1. It is super easy. Just start light and get deeper as you get more confident!

      Danielle xx
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  4. I am always afraid to look orange ! I use the Clarins drop for my face however and I love it !
    https://thefrenchiestblog.wordpress.com

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    1. I haven't heard of those before, I might have to try them out!

      Danielle xx
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  5. I agree with you not taking your chances with the sun 100% - I'm sorry your family has a history of skin cancer x Obviously, I think, personally, I'm already tan enough naturally but I love the sound of your routine and never knew that all over body moisturiser could prolong it! Gonna pass that tip on to my best mate, who fake tans weekly!
    Marina Rosie x
    https://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. It stops it from breaking up and looking patchy, it really helps!

      Danielle xx
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  6. Always wanted to try this!! Would love it if you checked out my new beauty post

    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love
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    1. Thank you for reading sweetie!

      Danielle xx

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  7. I'm kinda scared of getting fake tan, thinking that I will look orange. These are great tips.

    Nina's Style Blog

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    1. Just start off gradual, you cannot go wrong that way!

      Danielle xx
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  8. I haven't tried tanning products before, I usually get a nice tan in summer and get 2-3 shades darker, living in Cyprus and spending time at the beach has its benefits! x

    Yiota
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    1. You lucky devil, I wish I lived in Cyrpus!

      Danielle xx

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  9. I've always been scared to approach fake tan, everything I tried seems to have that biscuity smell and I've been too conscious to wear it again haha xD but your tan is beautiful, I need to try your method! Gorgeous blog too! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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    1. They do have a slight biscuity smell, but if you shower it off properly, you would never know!

      Danielle xx

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