The Five Rules of Realistic Faux Tanning

The best sun kissed tans do happen overnight. Here's how!

With a bit of careful preparation, you'll have a glowing do-it-yourself tan in next to no time.

20 Nov 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

1. Put In The Preparation

Although I am the queen of slap and dash when it comes to faux tanning, when I do prioritise exfoliation, the results are far better. Only when your skin is free of dry, dead skin can the tanning pigment take hold. Otherwise, it just grabs the flaky skin and falls away, fast. If you want to halve the time it takes to prep your body, exfoliate in the shower with a body brush or exfoliating mitt. Once you emerge, pat – don’t rub – skin dry.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Natio Wellness Sugar Scrub

Natio Wellness Sugar Scrub, $18.95, available at David Jones.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Riffi Original Exfoliating Mitt

Riffi Original Exfoliating Mitt, $19.95, available at Adore Beauty.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Happy Skincare Spoonful of Sugar Exfoliating Scrub

Happy Skincare Spoonful of Sugar Exfoliating Scrub, $34.10, available at Nourished Life.

2. Be Patient

Once you’ve patted dry your skin, apply a decent dose of moisturiser. Creams are best as oils can sit on the surface of the skin and prevent tanning pigment from taking. Wait 5-10 minutes until the moisture has absorbed before applying tanner. Also, be aware that any AHA’s or active ingredients in skincare can compromise tanners, so ensure you use a basic moisturiser for tanning prep.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - 100% Pure Coconut Nourishing Body Cream

100% Pure Coconut Nourishing Body Cream, $24.95, available at Nourished Life.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, $58, available at Sephora.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Sukin Moisture Rich Body Créme

Sukin Moisture Rich Body Créme, $15.95, available at Adore Beauty.

3. Don’t Overlook The Small Stuff

Although bronzed limbs and glowing decolletages are most likely the goals, it’s the smaller areas such as ankles, between the fingers, elbows, ears, and knees that can sometimes prove the most overlooked – and problematic – eyesores! To ensure you don’t suffer from patchiness in these traditionally dry areas, always use a barrier cream first. This will prevent the tanner from taking hold. If you don’t have a barrier cream, get a tan remover and just rub away any excess tan (particularly between fingers, around the soles of your feet and the elbows).

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream 123

Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream 123, $9.95, available at Priceline.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - ModelCo Exfoliate & Tan Remove

ModelCo Exfoliate & Tan Remove, $13, available at Adore Beauty.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Black Chicken Remedies Muslin Face Cloth

Black Chicken Remedies Muslin Face Cloth, $12.95, available at Nourished Life.

4. Keep It Fresh

Layering a new tan over a three-day-old job is not the way to go as drier parts of the skin will show up as darker than others. If you want to sustain a tan over the course of a week, slowly build it up over a few days. This is quickly done by applying tanner in small doses every second morning – rather than attempting a dark tan on day one. Tanning mitts are a great measure to take to ensure each application is as even as the last.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Tarte Brazilliance PLUS+ Self Tanner

Tarte Brazilliance PLUS+ Self Tanner, $50, available at Sephora.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Uni Organics - Forever Tan Gradual Tan Moisturiser

Uni Organics – Forever Tan Gradual Tan Moisturiser, $34.95, available at Nourished Life.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - TanOrganic Self Tanning Glove

TanOrganic Self Tanning Glove, $19.95, available at Nourished Life.

5. Live Lite 

Your face should never appear as tanned as your limbs. Ever! And this is where so many women fall into faux tan fail territory. Either opt for a face tanner for the decolletage and above the neck or dilute it with your face moisturiser (as long as it doesn’t contain AHA’s of course!)

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Clarins W14 Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins W14 Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster, $40, available at David Jones.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Clinique Self Sun Face Tinted Lotion

Clinique Self Sun Face Tinted Lotion, $40, available at David Jones.

Five Rules of Realistic Tanning: SS17 - Tan-Luxe The Face Light/Medium

Tan-Luxe The Face Light/Medium, $74.95, available at Adore Beauty.

Do you master a top tan every time? Let us know your tips and tricks – and favourite tanners – too!


20 Nov 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

Thoughts