Fake Tan Perfection - Your Guide to Being a Bronzed Bikini Beauty

By Summer Fisher

Forget tanning beds or endless days on the beach. The perfect faux tan is within reach. Want gorgeous, honey-hued skin minus the UV factor? Here's what you need to know.

Firstly choose a gradual tanner that has a light formula. This will enable you to get a good application technique and keep blotches to a minimum. In the days following application don't forget to use a gradual tan moisturiser to keep your tan looking it's best for longer.


Preparation is the key to perfection

A little extra work will go a long way to giving you an even and glowing look. Exfoliation is vial as dead dkin cells tend to attract fake tan creating a blotchy look. Try The Body Collection Fabulous Fake Pre Tan Body Scrub. Forgot to buy exfoliator? No problem, grab a wash cloth and some body wash and mix in some sea salt if you have any to create a silky smooth surface.

Pay special attention to knees, feet and elbows and if necessary rub some extra moisturiser into these spots to prevent a concentration of fake tan. To prolong your tan be certain to moisturise daily as dry flaky skin leads to a tan that fades super fast.

Self-tanners can stain hair, making it appear darker, so if you prefer the even hair free look, it's best to shave, wax or epilate before self-tanning. If you wax or epilate, it's best to do this the day before applying fake tan, to allow time for the skin to settle down.

Different Types of Tan

There are 7 types of tanners here's the best of each:

• Tinted - L'oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gel Tinted & Shimmering
• Natural - Aviva Sunless tanning Gel with Skin Rejuvenation System
• Body Cream - St Tropez Ultimate Tan Intensifier
• Gradual - Cliniqu Self Sun Touch of Bronze Moisturising Body Lotion
• Spray Garnier Ambre Solaire Express Bronzer Self Tanning Spray
• Mousse - Neutrogena Sun Fresh Sunless Foam
• Wipes - Swisspers Body Self Tan Wipes

Face Facts

Let's face it, a glowing sun kissed complexion is the icing on the cake in the faux tan world, so lets look at how to best take advantage of self tanners for the face.

A great product to include in your tanning regime is the new Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Tanning Moisturiser for face, $9.95. The combination of cocoa butter, vitamin E and SPF 15 will keep you looking super hot without the damage caused by harsh UV rays.

Summer Fisher is an Australian designer, stylist and former model who has her own swimwear and clothing line "Busy Summer". She enjoys sharing her knowledge about fashion, modeling, health & beauty and designing for the fashion conscious woman who wants a high fashion look at an affordable price. Find out more about her and her label at http://www.busysummer.com

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