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We’ve all been there. That terrifying moment when bad fake tan happens to good people. You thought you explained your ideal skin shade was ‘lightly tanned but not orange,’ but somehow the spray tanner missed the memo. You exit the tanning booth with a sinking feeling and a sudden need to buy stocks in exfoliator. It looks a little like this:
I spoke to Jbronze professional tanning expert Stacey McPherson for her top tips to getting the best tan.
Her top 5 tips.
1. Consult with your tanner first so they can choose the correct DHA colour and right percentage for you. Let them know what the tan is for, how your skin normally reacts in the sun, and how long you have until you need to shower.
2. Your tanner should choose a shade to suit the undertones in your skin. Violet will counteract any orange or yellow undertones in the skin and are also good for hiding bruises! Violet bases are great for olive, Asian and darker skin tones and give a great natural/Mediterranean look. Green bases are great for everyone - fair, light, medium, olive and dark skin tones.
3. Workouts are not advised in the hours immediately after a tan. Your tan is still developing so any sweating or tight clothes will alter the developing process. If it has been 8 hours or more, the option is yours, but waiting a full day is recommended for a perfect tan. If the tan is for a special event or wedding, stay away from any strenuous exercise until afterwards to be on the safe side.