The ultimate guide to avoiding a fake tan fail
Following Hughie Maughan's fake tan fail on Dancing With the Stars on Sunday, we've rounded up the top tips for creating a flawless tan that will leave everyone thinking you've spent a week in the sun.
It's no secret that Irish people love using fake tan. Thanks to our cloudy skies and low temperatures, it's not often that we get the chance to develop a natural tan, not to mention the damage the sun's rays can do to our skin.
With a plethora of fake tans available on the market, Irish people are spending more than ever on bronzing their skin. However, most people will have experienced a dreaded fake tan fail, whether it be waking up looking like an Oompa Loompa or having tan streaks that you can't get rid of.
In order to prevent any future tan disasters, the experts at Bellamianta Tan told Independent.ie their tips on how to apply a flawless tan.
"Ensure that your skin is healthy and ready before you apply tan by exfoliating daily for at least two to three weeks beforehand, and by sticking to instant tan only for the week before," advises Annette Heangey, brand manager at Bellamianta.
"Thoroughly moisturise your skin after exfoliating to keep it silky and smooth and don't forget to wax at least 48 hours before tanning or shave 24 hours before to allow the skin to recover and the pores to close."
"Don't apply body lotion or deodorant before tanning as it will interfere with the application, and avoid using oil based products, as they can leave traces on the skin that can cause streaking."
Bellamianta founders Lisa McDermott and Linda Stenson say that the trick to achieving a flawless tan is all in how you apply it.
"The trick is to tread lightly and we can all achieve that beautiful natural golden glow like you have spent a summer in Barbados."
"For the perfect glow, start by applying the tan from the ankles and move upwards in circular motions, leaving the face, hands and feet until last. Using only the residue product on the mitt, lightly apply the tan to the remaining areas."
"For particularly dry areas such as the hands and elbows, apply an oil free moisturiser 15 minutes prior to application, and wear loose clothing while your tan develops to ensure a perfectly even tan."
Annette explained the importance of how you spend the hours after you apply your tan, and recommends avoiding vigorous exercise to ensure an even result.
"Avoid vigorous exercise for up to six hours after applying your tan. Wash off the guide colour in two to four hours for a natural, medium tan, and four to six hours if you want a deeper tan."
"When showering, after you've left your tan on for a couple of hours, gently pat your skin dry with your towel, and avoid rigorous rubbing as it will scrub off the tan."
"After washing it off, lock in the tan with a really rich, oil-free moisturiser and continue to moisturise every day to keep the skin hydrated and help your tan to fade naturally."