How to: Prep your face for a tan
When prepping your face for a tan it's important to firstly address dry or uneven skin as this problem will make your tan streak as the product can’t be absorbed evenly into the skin, and secondly tightening pores so that the tan can't settle in them and make them look larger, or potentially clog them and make you break-out.
We believe eliminating dry or uneven skin tone is all about hydration and exfoliation, and changing the skins temperature is the easiest and most immediate way to tighten pores while applying your tan.
Below are some of our recommended options for dealing with these two common problems.
The Facial - Professional or DIY
Eliminate any build-up of dead skin cells or congestion of the pores by exfoliating and toughly cleaning you skin. Facials either professional or at home are a great way to help your skin stay hydrated and properly absorb any products you are using.
We have included an easy home facial below for you to try.
The Cold Compact - Lara's go-to
Use a cold compact or ice cubes in a slightly dampened wash cloth. Apply to your face and keep in a continuous motion so you can withstand the freezing sensation for longer.
The Vegetable - Cucumber
Cucumber isn’t just for under your eyes it’s great for your whole face. Slice a cucumber and freeze - when they are completely frozen rub over the face while they defrost. It will help hydrate, reduce any puffiness and inflammation whilst tightening your pours.
The Tea Bag - Caffeine
Get caffeinated tea bags, soak them in water, freeze them. Do the same as above with the cucumber and rub the tea bags over the face as they melt. Caffeine is an easy way to firm the skin and give it a little pick me up.
The Natural Hero - LEMON!
Rub lemon over your face a couple of times a week to help naturally reduce pore size. Lemon has a natural cleansing ability to help eliminate bacteria and also contains natural enzymes that tighten and firm the face. It’s a great one to purify and brighten skin.
However if you find your skin is a little sensitive use a moisturiser before hand and wash off after 10 mins after to make sure the citrus burst doesn’t make your skin breakout.
The Routine Option - Toner
A good toner is a great way to tighten your pours over time. It’s all about cleaning the skin and not allowing any bacteria or dirt to cause congestion and make the pores bigger.
Quick Home facial:
Steam your face by filling a bowl with boiling water, squeeze half of lemon and a few drops of concentrated tee-tree oil and using a towel over you face to steam for 10-15 minutes.
Mix equal parts of baking soda and water into a fine paste and gently massage over your skin and wash off.
Put 6-8 basil leaves in a bowl of boiling water, wait until the water cools down then apply the leaves to your face and leave for 10-20minutes. The natural antibacterial properties of basil will leave the skin soothed and naturally tightened.
Moisturise well with a light water based product and allow it time to soak into your skin.