BeautyJason Koppel

Whether you’re going on holiday in the next couple of days and wanting to look brown even before you hit the beach or you’re looking forward to plenty of nights out with your friends over the summer, a beautiful golden tan is more than achievable with our seven false tan secrets.

  1. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

You’ve probably heard this a million times before, but we’re going to say it anyway; exfoliate your body before you apply false tan. This is such a simple step to miss but it’s one of the best ways to achieve a beautiful golden tan. Dead skin especially around the knees, ankles and elbows can make fake tan look flaky and unnatural. An exfoliator such as Samantha Faiers Glow by Samantha Exfoliator Pre Tan Polish will help you to buff away dead skin and reveal a fresh layer to apply an even and streak-free tan to.

  1. Shower in Cool Water

Have you ever noticed that when you apply fake tan after shaving you’re left with dark spots all over your legs? This is because warm water opens the pores, which is great for shaving but when it comes to applying tan, a bad idea. To prevent this from happening, turn down the temperature to cool or cold, if you can stand it, and allow your pores to close before you apply tan. The Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Energising 5 Piece Set might make this step a little less daunting. Just imagine you’re in a luxury spa and it is all part of the treatment.

  1. Use a Water Based Moisturiser

Oil based moisturisers can prevent fake tan from sticking to the skin so instead, use a light water based moisturiser on the knees, elbows and ankles before applying fake tan. This will help your tan look flawless. Try Dove’s DermaSpa Youthful Vitality Body Lotion.

  1. Pop on a Tanning Mitt

Avoid the danger of orange palms by using a tanning mitt rather than your hands to blend out false tan. Tanning mitts such as the Sunkissed double sided application mitt offers a super soft mitt that will help you to apply your false tan of choice with ease.

  1. Use a Gradual Tan

For those who have light skin, a gradual false tan that develops over time will help to make your tan look golden, completely natural and streak free.  Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk is a dual action gradual false tan that has been formulated to leave your skin feeling hydrated and nourished.

  1. Use an Instant Tan

If you have medium to dark skin, or if you want to achieve a golden tan in minutes, an instant tanning lotion or mist might be the best option for you. The Bondi Sands

Self Tanning Mist Dark is ideal for medium to dark skin tones and will leave you with an effortless tan every time.

  1. Switch Up Your Make-Up

It’s important to remember to change your make-up once you are golden brown as your new skin colour might not compliment your every-day make-up look. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new shade of lipstick or a bright eyeshadow pallet. At TJ Hughes we have a whole collection dedicated to make-up and beauty, so no-one would blame you for having a little look through. Did we mention most make-up and beauty products are up to 70% off the RRP!