So what if the summer is coming to an end? A healthy glow is something we can find at the bottom of a bottle … and so can you with Spabreaks.com’s 10th Anniversary Fake Bake giveaway … and to make sure you look perfectly sun-kissed, we asked New Hall Hotel’s Senior Spa Therapist, Charlotte Holloway, for her advice when it comes to a fake tan!
What should you look for in a fake tan product?
It’s all about achieving a natural look as though you have just got back from your holiday, so we advise looking for products with an olive pigment to them to avoid going orange … they often look very dark when they are in the bottle or when they are first applied, but once you wash them off the result with be the right kind of glowing!
What should you do to prepare your skin?
Whether you are tanning at home or at a spa make sure you exfoliate beforehand and don’t apply any moisturisers or deodorants as they can as a barrier to the tanning agent.
What’s the best way to apply it?
We always recommend using a mitt, especially if it’s a cream. It gives an even surface and coverage to the colour.
How should you maintain it?
Moisturise after a fake tan to maintain it, but be careful to avoid products that have a lot of perfume ingredients as they tend to contain alcohol which dehydrates the skin and can make the tan crack.
What should you do if it goes wrong?
There are a number of removers available out there now, which you can buy and we also sell – so if it’s a bit much you can remove it! We also recommend using an exfoliation mitt, which can get rid of it quite quickly!
How often should you re-apply fake tan?
If you are having a professional tan we recommend reapplying it no more than every two weeks as to keep it looking natural you want it to remove itself rather than building it too much. It’s very dependent on the individual though as a lot of people prefer a deeper colour. I would recommend doing it every couple of weeks with a home product as well, as if it builds up too much on key areas such as elbows and ankles, that’s when it starts to look fake.
If you are having it done professionally is there anything you recommend doing beforehand?
We supply disposable knickers but a lot of people don’t like them, so we recommend bringing dark underwear and baggy clothing. Hair removal and waxing should be done a couple of weeks before tanning as well. And if you want to be a little more luxurious with your preparation you could always book yourself in for an exfoliating scrub before!
What about afterwards?
It’s a good idea to have a professional tan at the end of a spa day as you can’t use the pool and facilities for a period of time afterwards without washing it off. I would recommend the same thing at home – put it on at the end of the day, let it work overnight and wash it off in the morning!
To Visit New Hall Hotel go to Spabreaks.com or contact the team on: 0800 043 6600.
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