Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Best Fake Tan Everrr!

Before - Straight After - Fully Developed
Check out my nobbly knees :|
I love fake tan! 

It's amazing how much it can boost your confidence & make you feel a million times better. I know not many people are a fan of the fakeies, but as long as it's natural looking then I personally feel there is nothing wrong with it! There are so many brands of fake tan to choose from, it can get a wee bit confusing. I've been fake tanning for what seems like the longest time, I've tried a huge variety & I've finally found THE ONE! The amazing SIENNA X! First & foremost the best thing about this tan is....wait for it..........there is more than one shade!!! It makes a change to find a tanning brand which doesn't have one bottle that is 'suited' for everyone, no matter how pale or how dark you are - I'm sure all you fellow pale ladies can agree with me on the fact that it can be super hard to find a tanning brand which doesn't make you look like an Oompa Lumpa!


Some of you fake tan newbies may be wondering how you get the golden colour & if it's safe to use on your skin. DHA (Dihydroxyacetone - good luck trying to pronounce that!) is the main ingredient in tanning products. A Sienna X assistant once told me that it involves a reaction between DHA, skin proteins & oxygen. The sugar in the DHA reacts with the amino acids on our skin & oxygen turning our skin brown. To make this much more easier imagine if you take a bite out of an apple +  leave it on the side for a few hours = it starts to turn brown - fake tan works in a very similar way. DHA has been used in cosmetics for almost 30 years, it is not absorbed through the skin into the body & has no known toxicity. Sienna X contains aloe vera, sweet almond oil & cocoa butter along with an anti-cellulite formula. If that wasn't enough it is also alcohol, paraben & cruelty free - I know right?!
Sienna X comes in a variety of shades ranging from 6% - 16% (light-dark) Although don't be scared of these percentages as a trained consultant will most likely be able to tell you your shade just by looking at you! I normally opt for an 8% as it's the most natural looking & complimentary to my skin tone.

Here are my top tips I do before tanning:

 Shave/wax 24-48 hours beforehand as your skin can be a tiny bit more sensitive if this is done on the same day
Exfoliate the night before to lift any dead skin cells
 Remove deodorant as you may find you have green underarms (how attractive?) but once you wash obviously it will go it can just act as a barrier
 Remove make up, perfume & any moisturiser as these too can also act as a barrier. You won't need to use your own moisturiser on your knees, elbows, feet & hands as your therapist will give you some barrier cream to apply to these areas as there is a possibility of tan build-up. 
 Wear loose, dark clothing as you don't want any strap marks - especially if it's for a special occasion where you're wearing something strapless i.e prom/bride/bridesmaid
 If you rarely moisturise your body - GET MOISTURISING! Fake tan can be quite drying to the skin so you don't want the tan to cling to any dryness which can give that patchy, alligator effect!

When you have a spray tan I will give you the heads up that it can be a little bit tepid but once the tan is applied you then have the machine nozzle to dry you with which is lovely & warm! :) The tan takes around 8 hours to develop so I would highly recommend having this of an evening so when you're asleep it can really get to work without anything which may ruin your tan & it also doesn't interfere with your everyday business. Sienna X also doesn't stain your bedsheets woohoo! 

Most of you will know this, but those of you who don't - water is not your friend! You want to avoid this at all costs as any splashes will cause the tan to run thus resulting in a very patchy tan. When you first wake up the tan will be much darker than it is when you wash it off, this is just the guide colour so that spray tanners can see where they are applying the tan - you'll then see when you have a shower it all running off you which is very much a moment where you're like 'Nooo come back!' It's recommend that you shower instead of bath (if you can) when wanting to prolong a tan as the heat from a really hot bath can cause the tan to fade, also to pat yourself dry instead of really rubbing yourself dry because again this can do the same. You also want to carry on moisturising daily & I always exfoliate on day 3 just to prolong the tan that bit more! Yes I'm a tanaholic & proud :)

Ooohh another tip - when the tan cannot be prolonged anymore & a scrub just doesn't do the job have the hottest bath you can handle, scrub again (those exfoliating gloves that you can get for £1 are really good) & when you get out really rub your skin with a towel - the heat will help lift those dead skin cells a lot easier & quicker!
Sienna X spray tan is on average £20.00 depending on where you go & a retail bottle to self tan at home is around £15.00

Wow what a long post! If you read it all thank you ever so much - I just have so much information & tips I love sharing with you all! Let me know if you would like a follow up post with my favourite self tan at home products.

Do you ever fake tan?
What's your favourite brand to use?
Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/12564/0/fake-tan-tips.html#ogGIPgBh0Zlh5vtl.99
Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/12564/0/fake-tan-tips.html#ogGIPgBh0Zlh5vtl.99
Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/12564/0/fake-tan-tips.html#ogGIPgBh0Zlh5vtl.99
Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/12564/0/fake-tan-tips.html#ogGIPgBh0Zlh5vtl.99
Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/12564/0/fake-tan-tips.html#ogGIPgBh0Zlh5vtl.99
Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/12564/0/fake-tan-tips.html#ogGIPgBh0Zlh5vtl.99
Patchy, dry skin just won’t respond well to a faux glow.

Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/12564/0/fake-tan-tips.html#ogGIPgBh0Zlh5vtl.99
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8 comments

  1. Im obsessed with fake tanning too! My St. Tropez is running low, so many have to try this!

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    1. Even though st tropez is amazing I much prefer Sienna x, it's cheap too! The results of a at home fake tan is the same as the spray tan, the bottle lasts you forever too! Xxxxxx

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  2. I think I need to get myself this Sienna Tan!! A self-bottle that I can do at some sounds ideal, especially as I'm getting into tanning again now it's past Christmas as you will see from my Feb faves (sneak preview) hehe xxxxxx

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    1. Oooo yeah now it's time to get those pastey legs out you've gotta get some tan on them :p xxxxxxxx

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  3. This is fab!
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  4. I just started with fake tan since I am reeeally pale! I use the Dove self tanning body lotion and this is great for beginners. xx

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    1. Gradual tanning products are amazing for beginner as you can never go wrong! Just make sure to wash your hands after or use some gloves hehe :) xxxxx

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