The Tan Commandments

A little faux tan makes the world a better place! It saves your skin from the damaging sun while giving you that (fake) feeling of being on holiday. Plus, it’s silences gym guilt as tanned limbs seem to create the optical illusion that you’re a few kilos lighter!

To avoid looking like a Cheezel (or Madam in the picture above), I spoke to St. Tropez’s International Expert, Sophie Evans, and shared my own tips for the perfect sun-kissed glow.


St. Tropez International Expert, Sophie Evans, suggests:

  1. Using a Body Polisher or Exfoliator every other day, not just before you have another tanning session.
  2. Every couple of weeks, detox your tan in a relaxing hot bath by removing all existing tan with a product like St. Tropez Tan Detox.
  3. Always apply fake tan liberally. You will be able to apply the tan quicker and guarantee all areas are covered. Never rub a tan into the skin but simply smooth gently onto the skin’s surface and allow the skin to absorb the product evenly.
  4. Hands and feed absorb self fan fast, so moisturise these areas well before applying fake tan.
  5. Always apply fake tan with tight fitting gloves. This will avoid palm staining and give you a fast sweeping application.


While I can’t claim to be an  International Expert, I do have a few sneak goes that make all the difference:

  1. Fake tan should only ever be two shades darker than your natural skin tone.
  2. Wax or shave the day before you tan. Not only will it take your tan off if you do it after, but if you don’t leave 24 hours in between you can get dark dots on the skin where tan collects at the follicle.
  3. To avoid smudging the bits you’ve already done, work from your feet upwards.
  4. Don’t forget the back of your hands! Remove your gloves once you’ve finished applying your tan and and use cotton wool pads to apply a small amount of product to the back of each hand.
  5. Once you’ve applied your tan, wait at least 8 hours before washing. Keep the water temperature at cool to warm, don’t scrub your skin and when drying, pat your skin rather than rub it.


What are your favourite fake tan products? Do you have any fake tan tips that you’ve discovered along the way?

Image: Mike Metelerkamp // Ps: More hilarious fake tan disaster photos are over here!
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