Need-to-know tanning tips for a flawless false tan

Follow these steps and your tan will be forever flawless

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Fake tan is a bit like marmite. You either love it so much you never leave the house without it, or you're terrified of it going wrong and therefore steer well clear of the stuff. 

But gone are the days of the dodgy orange tan - with all the brand-new formulas available on the high-street mean that if you get the prep right, there's absolutely no reason to be scared of fake tan. 

So whether you're a seasoned tanner or false tan novice, there are some things we could all learn about fake tan application to ensure the most perfect, streak-free tan of your LIFE. 

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Pick your exfoliator wisely

We've heard it a million times, but the key to a great tan is all about exfoliation. However - what you might not have known, is that what you CHOOSE to exfoliate is really important, especially if you're doing it the day of application. 

Choose an oil free scrub like Vita Liberata's Super Fine Skin Polish (£12.50) If you use an oil-based product, the residue will stay on your skin and could make the tan streak or not develop fully.

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Make sure you take care of hair removal first

All hair removal - waxing, epilating, shaving - should be done at least 24hrs before hand. If you shave straight before, the tan will sink down into the hair folicle and leave your skin looking dotty. Also NEVER shave or wax after as it's whip your tan right off with the hair. 

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Don't moisturise your whole body before hand

This is when you need to get a little savvy. All tanning experts will tell you never to moisturise before tanning, as it leaves a residue on the skin that the tan can't penetrate. However, for really dry areas like your elbows, ankles and knees - a small amount of moisturiser will help the fake tan from darkening TOO much here. 

Choose your tan wisely

If you've got dry skin, lotions are great - as they often contain moisturising propeties within, so they won't dry out your skin any more. If you're in a rush, mousses are fab - as they dry super fast. Airbrush sprays are the closest you'll get to a proper spray tan, but can be tricky to cover all areas - so you might need to rope in a friend. 

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How to tan your hands and feet

Your hands and feet can often be the tell-tale signs of a dodgy fake tan - but we've come up with a foolproof way of getting it right. First of all, make a claw shape with your hand and use a mitt to sweep the excess tan over your hand and down your fingers. Then, grab a hand cream or moisturiser and apply a pea sized amount to your palm and rub in. The moisturiser slightly dilutes the tan and disperses it fully - making sure you don't get any dodgy orange knuckles. Winner. 

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