Faking It: Top Tips To Prepare Your Skin Before Tanning

With Spring desperate to make an appearance it might be time to start thinking about flashing a bit more flesh – at the very least rolling up a sleeve or baring an ankle – and it’s fair to say a hint makes most of us look and feel better.

Ireland knows faking it is the way forward when it comes to achieving an all-over glow safely, with the country just behind Sweden as the second biggest market for tanning products, and as today (March 6) is National Spray Tan Day (yes it’s a real thing) the experts at Iconic Bronze have shared their top tips on how to prepare your skin to ensure you get the best results from your tan.

– Prepare the skin by shaving and/or waxing at least 24 hours before application to allow the skin to settle as this can cause irritation and leave you with an uneven tan if applied straight away. 

– If you have tan residue left from your last application, Iconic Bronze Luxury Tanning’s Self-Tan Eraser is designed to be a fast-working formula that is tough on tan yet gentle on even the most sensitive of skin. The effortless foaming cleanser will effectively remove self-tan in just 5-10 minutes without the harsh exfoliating we have all had to endure time and time again when it comes to removing faded tan. 

– Exfoliating can cause the skin to become very dry so ensure you moisturise well with an oil-free moisturiser to particularly dry areas – knees, elbows, hands and feet – to ensure an even tan and allow it to develop on the skin but not adhere to the drier patches and leave 24 hours before you apply your tan. 

– If you’re tanning at home, start by applying your preferred Iconic Bronze Luxury Tanning product with the brands double-sided velvet tanning mitt to clean dry skin starting at the ankles moving upwards in circular motions, leaving the face, hands and feet until last using only the residue product on the mitt to lightly apply to these remaining areas. Wear loose clothing while your tan develops, this ensures a perfectly even tan.

Shower off the guide colour the morning after, or after the recommended time period as specified by your Iconic Bronze Luxury Tanning product. Make sure to tap the skin dry and avoid any unnecessary rubbing with towels. In the days following your application/professional spray tan keep the skin hydrated to ensure your glow stays perfect for longer. 

To celebrate National Spray Tan day, Iconic Bronze Luxury Tanning are offering 15% off spray tans in affiliated salons across the country as well as 25% off the website until March 8.

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