In relation to self-tanning, perfecting a golden glow from a bottle poses a myriad of fake pas. From missed bits to darker knuckles, it is no surprise so many people shrink back from even trying to offer it a go. However self-tanning merchandise have come a great distance from biscuit smells and orange hues – at Tropic, we have developed a variety that is laden with nourishing substances, equivalent to coconut oil and mango butter, to maintain pores and skin hydrated and wholesome. 

However, for the self-tanning novices amongst us, we requested award-winning resident tanner at W Resort’s Away Spa, James Harknett, for his prime recommendations on attaining a professional-looking golden glow.


“In relation to prepping the pores and skin earlier than and through self-tan, it’s greatest to keep away from lively substances like retinoids and acids which may disrupt the top consequence. DHA (the tanning agent), works by binding with the outer layer of cells of the dermis, so mild exfoliation with an Exfoliating Mitt is ideal at resetting the pores and skin prepared for self-tan. Focus on areas like elbows, knees and toes, which are usually rougher. Concentrate on areas the place bras sit too – underwear can lure and construct up the lifeless pores and skin, inflicting the tan to look darker on these areas.

Earlier than self-tanning, it’s very important to moisturise – with out it, you may find yourself uneven and stripy. However, solely moisturise the thinner, dryer elements of pores and skin like knees, elbows, arms and toes. Apply a skinny layer over the brows and across the hairline in case you are blonde.”


“In case you’re new to self-tanning, go for a product with a information color (like Solar Drench In a single day Tanning Mousse), so you’ll be able to see the place you have utilized. The primary place to start out is the legs. Utilizing a Tanning Mitt, drag your tan from the tops of the thigh downwards. It’s value lifting your leg as much as the aspect of the tub or a closed bathroom seat to open the creases of the knee cap, avoiding white circles while you sit down. Disperse much less product in direction of the heels and toes, because the dryer pores and skin collects and over-absorbs.

Subsequent is the torso. Drag your tanning mitt from the highest of the shoulder down in direction of the wrist for that even and pure fade to the hand. Work in sections for a contoured impact. In case you don’t have a again applicator, or don’t really feel you’ll be able to stretch the arms again, ask somebody at residence to mitt the again for you. Use the remnants of tan left on the mitt for the arms. In case you’re searching for a extra intense glow, re-apply the following day, or top-up with a gradual tan just like the Summer season Pores and skin Gradual Tanning Lotion. That additional software will be contoured down the legs, making the legs look visibly toned.”


“In case you’re tanning on a heat evening at residence, blast your tan immediately with some cool air to assist set and dry it. To make sure the tan stays on for longer and for a fair fade, hydration is a should. Apply a hydrating method (just like the Whipped Physique Velvet Intensely Wealthy Buttermelt) generously on the chest and the place bikini straps and bras can rub away on the tan. The substances assist preserve your color and hold it locked on the pores and skin for longer. “

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