eBeauty: Tanning at home like a pro

By Kaye Robinson Keeley

Kaye Robinson Keeley is A Yorkshire lass now happily married and living in Dublin.

Having always had a passion for beauty and Art she enrolled in Barnsley college for 2 yrs to become a VTCT Nail Technician. she is now 16yrs a nail professional, with her own business here in Dublin for the last 7 yrs.

She provides all aspects of Nail technology for her home Salon and corporate salon clients. kaye is completing her independent teaching diploma and will be able to certify and pass on her knowledge and her passion for all things beauty very soon!

Even a home-tanning pro knows that to have that perfect summer glow you need to make sure your prepping is in order.

If you want your tan to last and you don’t want a blotchy result then follow these simple instructions. Happy tanning! 

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What you will need:

  1. Tanning Mitt
  2. Tanning solution
  3. Moisturiser
  4. Exfoliating scrub

Step 1:   Exfoliation

Use a wash cloth to exfoliate the skin prior to applying a tan. Spend more time exfoliating the skin around the elbows, knees and ankles where the skin is thicker and tends to get dryer.

Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and improve application.

Step 2: Cleanse and Dry

Thoroughly clean and dry your skin before application.

Ensure to remove any deodorant or perfume residue before you apply, a colder shower will  help by closing the pores so the tan will apply seamlessly.

After drying your skin Use a tan primer as a barrier or use moisturiser on dry areas such as elbows knees, inner wrists, ankles and toes.

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Step 3: Application

Apply a small amount of tan onto your mitt then using your tanning mitt massage the tan into your skin in a circular motion. Do sections of your body at a time.

Face and neck - Apply tan to the forehead cheeks and chin, buff the product into the skin up to the hairline, over the jaw and behind the ears. Work any excess product around the front and back of the neck.

Chest and back - Gently buff the product covering the chest and stomach then starting on the back, start from the left shoulder smoothing the tan over the back in a downward sweeping motion.

Repeat on the right. If tanning alone improvise using a wooden spoon and elastic band. The long handle will help spread the tan with ease.

Arms - Apply in downward strokes from the shoulder to the wrist, rotate the arm and work from front to back.

Legs - Smooth the product down from the hip to ankle then go around the back of the thighs and calves.

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Step 4: Blending

Dilute the tan using a small amount of body lotion and tan onto the mitt, mix together and apply over knees, ankles and elbows then extend the excess from your wrists to your hands and ankles to your feet.

This will give a more natural looking tan.

Step 5: Drying Time

Wear loose clothing as the tan dries, preferably darker clothes to prevent staining. Drying usually takes around 30 mins depending on the brand.

Step 6: Moisturise

If you wish to maintain your glow and ensure and even fade moisturising is a must. Fake tan needs hydrating so use it daily to ensure good results.

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