How important is preparing your skin before tanning?

Prepping your skin before application is essential and there are a few steps to this:

  1. Exfoliate 24 hours before to remove any dryness and dead skin cells and especially focus on dry areas like elbows and knees. This creates a smooth surface for even application.
  2. Shave at least 24 hours before application so that skin has calmed and there is no inflammation.
  3. Moisturise any parts of the skin that are dryer than elsewhere and anywhere you don’t want colour to build up. On the body this is elbows, knees, behind knees, knuckles on fingers and toes (I only skim these areas with tan). On the face, put a bit of moisturiser over your brows to avoid potential discolouration.

Which tanning products are best for beginners?

If you’re a beginner to self-tan using a product that gradually builds will suit you better. A tanning moisturiser, like Chanel Soleil Identite, is great as they’re designed to be used daily until your desired colour is achieved, then you simply reapply two to three times a week to prolong your tan. Chanel’s offering also helpfully comes in two shades for different skin tones and is enriched with fine coppery pearlescent pigments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Once you have your desired all over tan, you can then accentuate parts of your face with a cream bronzer. I would sweep over the areas of the face the sun normally hits, so your forehead, the bridge of your nose, cheeks and jawline, to give your face a more natural bronzed depth. Deep all over tans are usually best left to the professionals but a more subtle full-body glow can be easily achieved at home with regular application of self-tanning moisturisers.

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