Faking it – the good, the bad and the orangey!
Tue, 26 October 2010 4:09PM
It isn’t just during racing, bridal season or whenever summer decides to tease us, as a makeup artist I come across a lot of fake tans – the good, the bad and the orangey!
Fake tanning isn’t just about slapping on tanning lotion, rubbing it in and hoping you look somewhere between Gisele and Jennifer! To achieve a flawless tan there’s a whole lot of do’s, don’ts and definitely-need-to-know’s. Whether you choose a salon spray tan or DIY job at home, ensure you don’t end up looking like a walking, talking carrot or cause harm to your skin. Most good salons will always advise you of the performance of the fake tan, however it’s always good to have an understanding yourself and provide as much information as you can that may affect your tanning experience.
Before you tan, DIY or salon:
• ALWAYS do a patch test prior to use, especially if you have never used self tanning products before or if you have sensitive skin.
• Do not use any other self tanning products at least one week prior to application, even if you’re tempted to top-up.
• Do not wax or shave at least 24 hours prior to treatment.
• Exfoliate well prior to application paying particular attention to the elbows, knees and heels and ensure you have no open cuts, wounds or grazes.
If you are going to the salon, your beauty therapist needs to know:
• If you are pregnant or breast feeding, let them know of any allergies or if you have any skin disorders or respiratory problems such as asthma.
• If you have had any recent laser or cosmetic treatment i.e. botox, skin peels, surgery or microdermabrasion.
• If you have recently had any body piercings or tattoos.
• If you have never used self tanning products before.
• If you are wearing contact lenses.
• Ask your therapist if she has any protective covers for the soles of your feet so you don’t get discolouration.
Immediately after your spray tan:
• Wear loose clothing – allow a few minutes for the tan to absorb before dressing.
• Keep skin completely dry, avoid water contact and moisturising products or treatments during tan development.
• Allow tan to develop for at least six to eight hours or overnight.
• Avoid activities that make you perspire.
After your tan has developed:
• Rinse off any remaining colour with warm/hot water. Once the water runs clear, gently wash with a mild soap.
• Avoid products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) as they can strip colour.
• Be aware that chlorine in swimming pools can fade your tan.
Most importantly always wear SPF over your tan to protect yourself from harmful UV rays; just because you’re a bronzed goddess it doesn’t mean you are UV protected.
Posted by: Nicola Burford