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Tanning Tips

By April 28, 2023No Comments
Preparation is key when it comes to fake tanning so here’s a few tips for you to consider beforehand to ensure the end result is perfect.

1. Always exfoliate and remove hair prior to tanning

Whatever your hair removal method is, it’s always best to be silky smooth and hair-free before you fake tan. This procedure should be done 24/48 hours prior to tanning.

You want to create the smoothest canvas possible, which is why it’s also important to exfoliate beforehand. If you do it afterwards instead, you’re at risk of shaving away your tan as the blades tend to pick up any dead skin cells as well as hair.

Make sure you apply plenty of foam/moisture if shaving post tan and try shaving in the direction of hair growth as oppose to against hair growth to save your tan. Always perform a light shave post tan.

Try to avoid baths and opt for a shower so you don’t soak your glow away.

Tip: You need to blitz and erase away all evidence of your previous tan to ensure an even base so your Tanya Whitebits glow goes on beautifully and looks flawless. Failure to do so could result in patchy, darker areas.

Our Tan Eraser is great for prepping and exfoliating.2. Do not wear deodorant or perfume prior to tanning

An important prep step is to make sure your skin is clean and clear of deodorant. Deodorant can go green as it may react with the tan on contact, it may not stay green, but it’s not a good look. As for perfume, you should remove it prior and avoid applying it post-tan during development time.
Tip: If you are able to shower pre-tan, be brave and go for a cold or cool rinse to encourage pores all over the skin to close so your tan goes on seamlessly.
Tanya Whitebits products are water based so to ensure streak-free results do not use any oily, fragranced or products that contain alcohol in the shower as they may interfere with the tan.

3. Moisturise dry areas using our Barrier Cream which is compatible with Tanya Whitebits products

Unless you want to end up with ankles, knees and elbows two shades darker than the rest of your skin, dry areas must be moisturised pre-tan. Our Barrier Cream helps to prevent over absorption of tan over dry areas.
Tip: Focus on the following areas: elbows, knees, knuckles, between the fingers, inner wrists, ankles and toes.

4. Apply with our velvet mitt – it’s a game-changer!

A mitt protects the tan from absorbing into the hands but also helps evenly distribute the product.
Tip: After use, soak your mitt overnight in warm water and rinse in soapy water in the morning before hanging out to dry.
If you don’t wash your mitt it will become hard and crusty which will affect your tan application next time round.

5. Apply tan in front of a mirror

If you’re tanning solo, stand in front of a mirror to make sure you don’t miss any spots. Work methodically working from one body part at a time. When you think you’re done, twirl back and forth, checking the back of your knees and lift your arms above your head to ensure you didn’t miss the underside.
Tip: Apply minimal tan to hands and feet, use our blender brush to lightly glaze over these areas and use the back unused side of the velvet tanning mitt to buff away excess tan.

6. Consider tanning the face

This is not compulsory as it’s personal preference. However it’s worth noting that Tanya Whitebits products are paraben and alcohol free and also contain organic ingredients.
If you choose to tan this area, remember that less is more.
You can also mix our products with your normal face moisturiser. If using this method, sweep moisturiser over your skin, massaging in upward motions, and down the neck to the décolletage. Alternatively mix both moisturiser and tan and then apply to the face in the same manner – whichever you prefer. Face tan can be added with our velvet mitt and blended in with our brush.
If you choose not to tan this area, you may want to switch your shade of foundation to match your tanned body, making sure to blend down the neck for a seamless transition.
Tanya Whitebits products are water based so to ensure streak-free results do not use any oily, fragranced or products that contain alcohol in your moisturiser as they may interfere with the tan.
Tip: Make note that Tanya Whitebits works with your skin pigment, therefore any freckles/ages spots can be highlighted.

7. Moisturise daily and diligently

If you wish to maintain your Tanya Whitebits glow and ensure an even fade, moisturising with our Tan Enhancing Moisturiser is a must.

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