Some would say that one of the worst parts of summer being over is the lack of sunshine to give you the tan you really crave. As far as we're concerned, flawless glows are here to stay, with or without the sun. Yes, we'ret talking about the fabulous Fake Bake line, which is engineered to give you an instant tan without the risk of sun damage or tanlines. If you're new to self-tanning and you're not quite sure how to get your foot in the door, have no fear! We've got an easy peasy step by step guide to leave you like the streak-free and flawless bronze goddess you know you deserve to be.
Step 1 - Prep for your bake.
Grab a bottle of the Fake Bake Original Self-Tanning Lotion. Your kit should include a free pair of application gloves and a color guide. Plan to self-tan when you can shower the night you decide to tan as well as the morning after to rinse off.
To get the most even tan possible, you'll want to exfoliate prior to applying the tanning lotion. This removes dead skin cells, perfumes, body oils, deodorants and body moisturisers which will otherwise keep the skin from retaining any color. Pay special attention to your dry areas such as knees, elbows, hands, feet, and underarms.
Add lotion to your body once you've dried off from the shower. Rubbing everything in isn't totally necessary, as it will be blended in once you apply the self-tanning lotion afterwards.
Step 2: Applying your Fake Bake.
Put on your gloves and apply a small amount of tanning lotion to the tops of your legs, working your way down in a circular motion. Obviously make sure to cover everything you want to be tan, and to bend your knees during application. Don't back-track or go over places you've already applied lotion, or it will lift the tan you've already applied. Next, start at the neck and work your way down (don't forget your underarms, and to bend your elbows during application). The tanning lotion can be applied to the face, as well, however if you have sensitive skin, we recommend using the Fake Bake Tanning Water as an alternative.
When you're ready to apply tanning lotion to your hands, remove the gloves and apply a dime-size amount mixed with a lotion of your choice.
Step 3: After you bake.
Wait 20 minutes for the lotion to dry before getting dressed or going to bed.
For the next 8 hours, make sure to wear loose clothing ONLY, and to avoid water, bras and the gym. We recommend sleeping on an old towel that you don't mind getting stained.
After 8 hours have passed, wash off the Fake Bake in the shower with a gentle soap that won't strip you of your tan. Once you're finished, gently pat yourself dry (don't rub!).
If you're not as dark as you'd like repeat, the process each night until you're as golden as you please. To upkeep a bronze glow, repeat once every week.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.