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How To: 5 steps to your perfect tan

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You can get that sun-kissed look without risking your skin. But, for best results, follow these steps.

  1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate. For the week before, target trouble spots like elbows, knees and ankles then moisturize to keep skin supple.
  2. Ensure you do all of your hair removal (waxing, shaving, etc) at least 24 hours prior to application, to avoid skin irritation.
  3. Before application, have a short shower, then dry off completely. Skip the moisturizer, deodorant and fragrance to avoid skin staining.
  4. Choose the right shade. If you are fair-skinned and want to go dark, do a couple of applications of a light-to-medium shade, at night, sectioning your body into areas: face, neck, shoulders, arms, torso, legs and back. Use surgical gloves or a mitt to avoid stained palms, then blow dry.
  5. The next morning, shower, pat skin dry and moisturise with a body cream free from any exfoliating agents like AHAs or BHAs

JONES Beauty Director Danielle Jackson’s top picks:

  1. Clarins' Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. Just mix 3 drops with your body moisturiser for your very own customised fake tan! Shop now.
  2. Ella Bache’s Great Spray tan. With skin softening and moisturising ingredients it leaves the skin hydrated, streak-free and looking natural. Shop now.
  3. Loving Tan’s Deluxe Bronzing Mousse. Natural looking, sexy tan within minutes! Salon inspired, it gives you immediate colour while it develops into a deeper, darker tan. Shop now.
  4. St. Tropez’s Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing. You choose how deep your tan is by choosing when you shower. For a light, sun kissed glow, leave for just one hour; leave on for up to three hours for a deep, dark bronze. Shop now. 
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