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Because of the dangers associated with sun tanning, more women than ever are turning to fake-tans to get their dose of bronze. While we have the sun safety aspect covered, fake tanning has its risks of its own. After all, you are literally painting your skin a different colour – there’s bound to be some error.
We spoke to Kim Oliver, the head of Education at LDN:SKINS Professional Spray Tanning. Here she reveals the tanning mistakes that everyone makes.
1. Giving yourself a fresh new mani after tanning.
“Don’t apply your tan, then decide to do your nails, because your nail polish remover will end up leaving great big circles of white on your fingertips.
“This can be an easy mistake to make, because with a lot of tans, especially the consumer-ready ones you buy from the supermarket, they go on like a moisturiser – so you can’t actually see where it is. That’s a hard one for the professionals to fix, because we can’t really match the colour once it’s developed.”
2. Putting too much on.
“Don’t think that you’re not going dark enough, then put more on – that’s when you go that orange colour, because your body can only absorb so much.
“So when go out to the sunlight, or into a night club and you have your photograph taken, you’ll look almost fluorescent – that highlighter orange shade. If you want to darken your tan, do it over a few days, not all at once.”
3. Haphazardly applying Vaseline.
“There’s lots of girls that apply Vaseline to their hair and their eyebrows so the tan doesn’t catch. Problem is, they aren’t particularly careful. They’re probably thinking, “Well if I can’t see it as I’m putting it on, it will be fine.” Thing is, with Vaseline being a barrier, nothing gets through. So the eyebrows end up with a lovely white halo around them, and the botched hairline makes the tan look like a mask. Not a good look."
4. Tan mistaken for erm… moisturiser.
“You should always make sure that it’s your moisturising lotion on your bedside table, not your tanning lotion... I’ll leave that one to your imagination... I had a friend ring me in the middle of the night and ask me what she should do. Not a lot I could do, unfortunately! Because with tans, wherever it is applied, it will tan! It’s the acids reacting. So certain appendages became very dark, as did her breasts. Obviously my friend was mortified, and the husband, well he nearly died.”