How to Achieve the Perfect Fake Tan for Your Vacation


As vacation season approaches, many of us dream of hitting the beach with a sun-kissed glow. But with increasing awareness about the dangers of UV radiation, more people are turning to fake tanning as a safer alternative to achieve that perfect bronzed look. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you get a flawless fake tan before your vacation.

Why Choose Fake Tanning?

Fake tanning offers several benefits over traditional sunbathing or tanning beds:

  • Healthier Skin: Avoids harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of skin cancer and premature aging.
  • Customizable Shade: Allows you to control the depth of your tan.
  • Instant Results: Provides a tan in hours rather than days.

Summer Vacation Ready: Achieve a Flawless Fake Tan

1. Preparation is Key

Before applying any tanning product, it's crucial to prep your skin properly:

  • Exfoliate: Use a gentle scrub or our In The Buff Exfoliating Mitt to remove dead skin cells, ensuring an even application.
  • Shave or Wax: Do this 24 hours before tanning to avoid irritation and ensure smooth skin.
  • Moisturize: Focus on dry areas like elbows, knees, and ankles to prevent the tan from clinging to these spots. Mistifier Oil-Free Moisturizer is our favorite.

2. Choosing the Right Product

We offer a variety of self-tanners products, so you can experiment to find the one that works best for your skin. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Self-Tanning Lotions: Easy to apply and good for beginners.
  • Mousses: Quick-drying and ideal for those who prefer a lighter texture.
  • Sprays: Perfect for hard-to-reach areas.

3. Application Techniques

Applying fake tan correctly can make all the difference:

  • Use a Tanning Mitt: This ensures an even application and prevents stained hands.
  • Work in Sections: Apply the product in circular motions, starting from the feet and working your way up.
  • Use Sparingly on Dry Areas: Apply a lighter amount on elbows, knees, and ankles to avoid dark patches.
  • Face Application: Use a product specifically designed for the face or mix a small amount of body tanner with your moisturizer.
  • Self-Tan Gradually: Build a tan slowly with daily application, reducing the risk of streaks.

4. Post-Application Care

After applying your fake tan, follow these tips to maintain your glow:

  • Avoid Water: Stay dry for at least 6-8 hours to let the tan develop fully.
  • Wear Loose Clothing: Prevents rubbing and smudging of the tan.
  • Moisturize Daily: Keeps your skin hydrated and prolongs the life of your tan.
  • Avoid Exfoliating: Don’t scrub your skin too hard, as this can cause the tan to fade unevenly.

5. Quick Fixes for Common Issues

Even with the best preparation, sometimes things can go wrong. Here’s how to handle common fake tanning problems:

  • Streaks: Buff gently with an exfoliating mitt or apply a small amount of tan to even out the color.
  • Dark Patches: Use a damp cloth with a bit of lemon juice to lighten overly dark areas.
  • Hands and Feet: If these areas turn out too dark, soak them in warm water with baking soda for a few minutes.

Tips To Make Your Self-Tan Last

To ensure your tan lasts throughout your vacation, follow these additional tips:

  • Avoid Chlorine: Prolonged exposure to chlorine in pools can cause your tan to fade faster.
  • Pat Dry: After showering or swimming, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing.
  • Reapply Gradually: Use a gradual tanning lotion every few days to maintain your color.

The Best Self-Tan For Summer Vacation

Achieving a perfect fake tan takes a bit of practice and patience, but with these tips and Fake Bake’s lineup of products, you can enjoy a beautiful, sun-kissed glow without the risks of sun damage. Get ready to shine on your vacation with confidence and a radiant glow!

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