The Bronze Age
Looking for a J-Lo glow this summer? It's too hot to hit the beach so fake it the celeb way and get a salon spray tan
Summer's here, which can only mean one thing – indoor living or escaping to cooler climes! But who wants to jet off on holiday looking tired and sallow? In pursuit of being your bronzed best you don't need to expose your skin to the blistering temperatures and the dangerous UV rays why not opt for a sunless self-tan at a salon? Not only will you get that LA-style glow safely, it can make you feel healthier too.
It's an instant image-booster because it gives you a more glowing look and a glamorously toned-looking body. Making you look slimmer by giving your skin shadows and definition where you would usually have none, a tan also helps hide imperfections like stretch marks and pigmentation. So what are you waiting for? Read our faking-it guide to a beautiful faux glow.
The Rules Of Faking It
Exfoliate: This is the most vital step for keeping your tan even. Sloughing off dead skin cells just before you go for your treatment means the product gets to work on the freshest layers of your skin. It also sets the base for your tan to fade uniformly rather than in unsightly patches.
Cleanse: You should be scrupulously clean before a self-tan. It's good to get a Moroccan bath and a wax done the day before your spray tan. It ensures a smooth surface and there will be no risk of getting the patchy tan that can result when you have dead skin cells clinging on.
Moisturise: The most common cause of a patchy tan is dry skin, so being well moisturised is crucial to avoid tell-tale marks. The night before your treatment, apply plenty of moisturiser to your body, focusing on the dry, often ignored areas, such as hands, knees, elbows, ankles and feet.
Choose The Right Shade: Even celebs can get it wrong, so make sure you ask for the right colour. A natural, olive tan like Victoria Beckham's is a good example of how to glow rather than Lindsay Lohan's orange tinge.
Post-tan Maintenance: Spray tans will generally need four to six hours to develop. During that time you should refrain from getting your skin wet or you'll end up with streaks. Give your skin a 24-hour breather before taking a shower and don't forget to moisturise afterwards otherwise your dry skin will begin to peel off, causing your tan to fade prematurely. Then protect your glow with a tan-enhancing sunscreen post treatment.