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Keep it Natural: How to get the most natural looking tan.

Keep it Natural: How to get the most natural looking tan.

Here are our ten easy steps to a natural and long lasting tan:

Step One: Get everything else out of the way

If you need to shave, wax, get a manicure or a hair treatment do so before you start the self-tanning process, as all these treatments can remove or discolour your tan. 

Step Two: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is one of the most important steps when self-tanning. Dead or dry skin cells can leave dark patches from where the tan can’t be properly absorbed into the new skin. Use a loofah, exfoliating glove or dry brush before you get in the shower to shake off any dead skin cells. Then use a gentle cleanser with the same loofer, exfoliating glove or a body scrub to buff the skin, focusing particularly on your driest areas which include the knees, elbows, ankles and heels. For your face you could use a glycolic or salicylic acid to remove the dead skin as strong exfoliation can often be too harsh for your face. 

Step Three: Dry off

Dry your skin off and make sure there is no water residue left, also if you have just had a hot shower wait until your body has returned to room temperature before doing anything else. 

Step Four: Moisturise

Hydrating your skin will allow your tan a more even application and make it last longer. Moisturise with a light weight water based cream and wait ten minutes for it to soak in. Double check there are no dry areas that need extra attention, if there are we recommend adding extra moisturiser to these areas and buffing lightly with a towel so there is no excess build up around those areas. For your face make sure you apply moisturiser around your nostrils or any other areas with folds or creases like the chin or around the mouth. 

TIP:  If you have particularly dry skin moisturise before getting in the shower, this will help soften your skin for the exfoliating process. But remember to still re-apply the moisturiser after exfoliating. 

Step Five: Apply the tan to the body

Using a Tanning Application Mitt smoothly apply small amounts of the Instant Tan Mousse in a circular motion starting from your ankles and work your way up to your shoulders, saving your arms and hands for last. This will eliminate the risk of any weird lines from bending over. 

Step Six: Apply the tan to the face

For your face apply a small about to the areas where you would naturally tan the most, generally speaking the forehead, the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and chin then blend outwards. Be extra careful around the nose and above the top lip—these areas pick up more colour because they tend to be drier.

Step Seven: Pay attention to detail

Using what's left on your fingers, feather the tanner out into your hairline and past the jawbone. This will make your tan look natural by avoiding any distinct marks or obvious colour mis-matches around those areas. 

Step Eight: Let it all soak in 

Allow your tan to dry before dressing, sweating or going in water. Also avoid applying any perfumes, deodorants or creams if you can.

Step Nine: Buff away 

If you do have any marks or streaks squeeze half a lemon over the area and leave for 2-5 minutes before buffing with a towel.

Step Ten: Upkeep

To make your tan last use gentle cleaners, frequently moisturise so your skin is hydrated and avoid any beauty products that can dissolve colour like retinol creams. You can also use the Gradual Tanning Lotion to extend the life of your tan and top up before your next application.

When you're ready for a refresh simply start this process again. 

Make your own exfoliating body scrub

1/2 cup ground coffee - coffee is rich in antioxidants and helps tighten and improve the elasticity of the skin.

1/2 cup coconut palm sugar - acts as an exfoliant in this scrub and is fine enough not to irritate or tear the skin.

1/4 cup of natural yogurt -  a natural moisturiser that is super hydrating and brightens dull skin.

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon - a great natural antibacterial.

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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