These are your tan commandments
While the practice of baking your body in the sun to achieve a tan is fast going out of fashion, the desire for a flawless golden glow remains. The solution? Fake it. Here’s our guide to getting and keeping your bronzed body.
1. Thou shalt start with a clean slate:
Open hair follicles will interfere with the smoothness of your tan, so schedule any hair removal at least 24 hours prior to give them time to close up.
2. Thou shalt ensure an even colour:
Buff away dry skin and remove any remnants of old product – Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub works a treat.
3. Thou shalt know what you’re working with:
Whether you go for a cream, spray or mousse formula, make sure you find the shade that works with your skin tone and know how often to apply.
4. Thou shalt not dye your hair inadvertently:
Apply a coat of moisturiser or petroleum jelly along your eyebrows and hairline to act as a protective barrier.
5. Thou shalt not have orange palms:
Get your mitts on a tanning glove, pronto! Massage tanning product in circular motions only, and go easy on areas that naturally tan slower – like your elbows.
7. Thou shalt keep your nails clean:
Once you’re finished, use a cleansing wipe to clean your fingernails and toenails.
8. Thou shalt moisturise:
After showering, apply Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Body Firming Emulsion to boost the glow and hydrate the skin.
9. Thou shalt contour:
Highlight your newly bronzed self by crafting a soft contour under the cheekbones, using Tom Ford’s The Ultimate Bronzer with a large fluffy brush. For extra oomph, simply extend along collarbones and shins.
10. Thou shalt maintain that glow:
Dab on a little Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel between applications for an instant touch of bronze.
J O N E S T I P
Avoid washing your hair during your first post-tanning shower, as the chemicals in shampoo and conditioner can strip away your new colour.
WORDS HANNAH GAY
PHOTOGRAPHY TĀNE COFFIN
Y O U R T A N E S S E N T I A L S
JO MALONE LONDON | Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub
SISLEY | Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care 60ml
LOVING TAN | 2 Hr Express Mousse Medium 120ml
BOBBI BROWN | All Over Bronzing Gel SPF 15
TOM FORD | The Ultimate Bronzer
ELLA BACHÉ | Great Tan Without Sun 130ML
GUERLAIN | Terracotta Heavenly Gradual Bronzing Mist
PHILOSOPHY | Amazing Grace Body Firming Emulsion 480ml
LOVING TAN | Deluxe Applicator Mitt
ESTEE LAUDER | Double Wear Long-Wear Makeup Remover Wipes