Spring Racing is finally upon us, and with bright and bold colours on trend this year it’s important to carry this look through to your beauty routine. Nothing elevates a fashion look more than a golden natural tan. Unfortunately, unless you’ve been one of the lucky ones sunning yourself in Europe (not me) you’re going to need some extra help. Fake it till you make it… right?
For the perfect faux golden glow my current go-to brand would be Spray Aus. Their two-hour formula achieves the perfect natural looking tan. I find it just a touch lighter than other brands I’ve previously used, making it ideal for race day. For daytime events such as spring racing, it’s important to err on the side of caution and opt for something light, remembering you can always add more but it’s impossible to go back.
Almost as important as the tan itself is the preparation and aftercare. To regular spray-tanners these are common practice but can ultimately be the difference between looking like a golden goddess or someone who’s just rolled in a bag of Doritos.
- Book your appointment 1-2 days out from your event.
I find that if I can get in at least two showers it helps the colour to settle and achieve a more natural looking flawless tan.
- Thoroughly exfoliate skin.
I like to start this process a few days prior. Exfoliating ensures a more even tan with less build up or patches. For those who fake tan regularly this also helps to remove all previous tan from the skin.
- Test patch skin
If trying a new brand for the first time this is important to ensure there aren’t any adverse reactions. If you are prone to skin conditions, it’s best to contact a dermatologist prior to any spray tan. It’s also handy to opt for a solution that is all natural or organic. I find Eco Tan to be the best on the market for those with sensitive skin.
- Top up or use extenders to reach your desired colour.
As previously mentioned it’s far easier to darken a light tan than it is to go back.
Usually 2-4 hours is enough processing time for me. If after showering I feel I require more colour, I’ll use the Spray Aus Tan Extender (a moisturiser with a touch of colour that works as a gentle enhancer). I also routinely use the Spray Aus Tan Mist to extend the life of the tan on my face, as it tends to fade there first.
- Leave your tan on longer than required.
Remember that your tan is being seen in direct sunlight in the middle of the day, anything too over developed will look orange and obvious.
- Use moisturiser makeup or perfume prior to spray tanning.
This can leave you with patches and an uneven tan overall. Arrive with clean skin and avoid using deodorant if possible.
- Use soap or body wash when showering after a spray tan.
This will cause the tan to be removed in uneven patches. Avoid rubbing or exfoliating the skin as well and ensure you remove the solution in a gentle sweeping motion.
- Wear tight fitting clothing.
This can remove the tan in areas before it has a chance to develop. Aim for loose baggy dark clothes to avoid the solution transferring and staining.
Leave your skinny jeans and white tank at home
Finally post tan make sure to use a hydrating moisturiser to help nourish your skin and pro-log the life of your tan. I absolutely adore the Coconut Balm from THIS IS RAW, it is super hydrating and smells incredible.