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Everything You Need to Know About Faux Tan

Fake tans always come in handy when you want a sun-kissed look, but the question is how to choose the perfect shade for your skin type? There is a lot of fake tans available in the market for different skin type. Choosing which tan will compliment your natural skin color is the real struggle. Before we jump into the basics of fake tan let's take a look at what is made of.

DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is the main ingredient found in fake tan. It was discovered by German scientists in late 1920. Researchers discovered that if the DHA is poured onto the body, it colored the surface of the skin brown. No one knew that it would forever transform the face of modern cosmetics. Later in the 1950s researchers discovered that it only colored the outer layer of the skin. It was completely harmless and non-toxic. It was then approved to be used in the cosmetic industry. This is how fake tan found its way into the beauty industry and became popular over the years.

If the product contains a lot of DHA then the resulting color would be a dark brown. If you are looking for a subtle tan then look for the product that has less quantity of DHA. The higher the level of DHA, the darker the tan would be. You can also layer up your tan to get the perfect tan that you want. Fake tan takes its time to develop. It can take up to 7-8 hours to develop the color onto your skin. It is a little difficult to get rid of fake tan. Normal soap would not be enough to remove fake tan. A normal fake tan fades away after 10-12 days of wearing it on the skin. A fake tan will fade away on its own due to the body's natural detoxifying process. In this process, dead skin cells gently fade away, and new cell formation on the skin. A fake tan will also fade away with the removal of dead skin cells. As dead skin cells are replaced and new ones are formed, the skin will go back to its natural color easily.

How to Apply Fake Tan At-Home?

Skin Preparations/Exfoliation

Not investing enough time grooming their skin for a tan is the greatest mistake people make. To extract dead skin cells, begin by exfoliating so that the tan can blend and be more uniformly absorbed. You need your skin to be ready if you want your self-tanning to last longer. If the skin is not exfoliated properly then self-tan will fade away on its own. To maintain an even basis, you need to buff away all proof of your previous tan so that your current tan goes on smoothly and looks perfect.

Waxing/ Moisturizer

Shave or wax any excess hair at least 24 hours in advance. Any open pores presence can lead to a patchy and uneven finish. Another key reason for pre-tan shaving is that you are at risk of shaving off your tan if you do so afterward since the blades tend to suck off any dead skin cells as well as hair. You should keep skin moisturized and nourished for even spread of tan. Dry skin is the most common source of patchy tan, so it's important to moisturize yourself before self-tan. However, moisturize at least 24 hours before applying the desired tanning lotion, since the moisturizer serves as a buffer, stopping the tanning formula from touching the skin.


When applying your chosen self-tanner, work from the feet up to maintain even coverage in an upward circular motion. This way, you cannot risk smudging any substance already on your body. Use any extra product on your mitt first before applying any more products to create a sun-kissed look.

Allow the Color to Develop

Make sure that your reed all the instruction given on the self-tanner to achieve maximum results. Do not take shower immediately after self-tan, give it some time to develop properly. Wait till the time mentioned on the instructional men of the self-tanning product. Shower with lukewarm water. Then, instead of rubbing, make sure you pat yourself dry. Make sure to moisturize with your favorite cream every day to keep your skin hydrated and lock in your pigment to extend your tan.

How to Choose Tan Best Suited to Your Skin?

Finding the best fake tan for yourself can be very challenging sometimes. It all comes down to practice and knowing the basics. As a beginner, go for mist as they tend to adapt to your skin color easily. They are a bit lighter than cream tan, which makes them easier to work with. If you have sensitive skin look for a hydrating and moisturizing self-tanner. Choose the right base color for yourself, if in doubt always consult a specialist before making any decision.

What to Do if You Make a Mistake?

Grab a cream made with glycolic acid if your tan is uneven and needs a quick fix. Glycolic acid tends to strip your tan easily. Sit in a hot oil bath and soak if you think it’s too dark. Clean the skin with an old towel in an upward motion. It would lift the top tan coat. If needed, repeat the next day.

Fake Tan After-Care

Your tan will appear more radiant if your skin is well hydrated and moisturized. Oil breaks the tan down, so go for a hyaluronic-based body moisturizer and avoid retinol or other skincare and enzymatic body and skincare products. After the spray tanning solution is added, do not shower for at least 6 to 8 hours. . If you are a beginner, using a solution with a reference color is a good idea. Standing in front of a mirror while applying is the easiest way to apply self-tanning. It will make sure you don't miss any spots and everything is perfectly filled in.

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