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Getting The Perfect Tan With Suzanne Walsh

Thursday, 3 May 2007


Out come the bikinis, out comes the pale, see -through skin! Let the Afternoon Show guide to fake tan inspire you towards a golden glow this summer. From Salon spray-tans to at home tanning, we have something for everyone, even if you're in a last-minute tanning dilemma.

The various types of tanning, what's new on the market.
Suzanne is adamant that there is a tan out there for everyone - from spray tan to mousse, gel, organic and instant, there are so many products out there for people to try. It's often through trial and error that you will find the one that's right for you.

Skin Type - Tan Suited

Dry Skin - Cream
Normal Skin - Mousse/Cream/Gel  
Oily Skin - Gel

Generally tans come in a range of shades, be sure to choose a tan to suit your skin colour i.e fair, medium, sallow. The end result will always depend on pre-application exfoliation and moisturisation.

The Do's & Don'ts of spraying tan at home
Putting tan on correctly is something we all aspire to know. In fact, very few people can ever get it right to the point that it looks like a real tan. Suzanne's expert tips will help us get it right.

. Completely cover all areas, furniture etc in the vicinity of spraying, especially any light coloured objects or furniture.
. Preferably stand in a shower or bath to facilitate easy clean up
. Try and use a room with good ventilation or extractor fan
. Wear dark, loose clothing after application and only use dark towels in spraying area.
. Don't over rub the tan blend well but gently

Pre- Treatment advice
. Prepare the skin at least 12 hours prior to application. Exfoliate thoroughly & if necessary use oil free moisturiser on dry areas such as knees, elbows, hands & feet. Moisturisers that contain oil can prevent the absorption of self tanning products.
. No body lotions, deodorants or perfumes should be used on the skin on the day of tanning. Our skin absorbs a certain amount of deodorants etc and when tan mixes with deodorant residue a green colour can result. This is a common complaint but easily avoided.
. Waxing & shaving should be completed at least 24hrs prior to treatment.
. If you're using a new tanning product for the first time carry out a patch test to ensure a reaction free tan.
. Use latex gloves when applying tan to rest of the body. Use the Self Tan remover if hands have darkened.
. To avoid dark patches around the elbows, ankles, knees, toes:
Don't forget to:
Moisturise these areas first
Use a mixture of tan and moisturiser
Exfoliate beforehand
Buff afterwards
. In order to avoid a patchy tan all over you must exfoliate- certain parts of the skin may be dehydrated and therefore tan will cling to drier skin.

During treatment- What to wear, how to protect the palms etc.
. Best to wear as little as possible for a full body tan a dark coloured g-string is ideal.
. A tanning mitt from the body shop is ideal to keep the palms tan free. Also moisturising your palms well about 10 min before tan application will allow the excess tan to wash off the palms once the tan application is complete. Latex gloves are also good and can be bought in local pharmacies.
. The tan will develop only to the colour you will naturally tan. If you want a darker tan, reapply the next day. However, the results will not be as dark as you might like if you have applied moisturiser all over the body, over-rubbed the tan, used too little tan, or showered less than 6 hours after application.
. St Tropez lotion needs 6-8 hours to develop, and then you shower. If you need to be able to tan-and-go, use the mousse or mist rather than the lotion
. Tan will not come off on clothes if you leave it to develop long enough. It will wash off sheets and all types of material (except Lycra) at a low wash
. Regardless of brand, all tans will stain all nails. St Tropez wipes will completely remove tan from nails however. Remember to get in around the cuticles and at the back of nails.

Tips for directly after tan application
. Avoid contact with water for at least 6 hrs.
. Leave your tan to develop overnight if possible or if recommended.
. Wear loose dark fitting clothes and be aware of bra strap marks.
. Avoid activity which may cause perspiration for 12 hours
. No swimming chlorine in the water will bleach the colour
. Avoid other beauty products and treatments until your tan has developed.
. Avoid touching the skin during development period as this may cause staining of the palms

After care
. When showering avoid body washes with a soap content as they strip the skin.
. Pat your skin dry rather than rub
. Apply loads of moisturiser if you want you can add your tanning to your body moisturiser this will help pro long your tan
. To avoid tan looking dirty as it wears off you must exfoliate. By the third or fourth day you should start exfoliating again, which helps the tan wear off more evenly, and also has the skin well-prepared for the next application. The drier your skin, the dirtier the tan will look as it wears off. This applies to every single brand of tan on the market.
. When applied correctly, St Tropez Lotion will last you 7-10 days, and St Tropez Mousse and Mist will last 3-5 days.
. The drier your skin, the quicker your tan will wear off, regardless of the brand used.

Common mistakes and how to solve them!
Streaky Tan - you must have
. Over-rubbed the tan when applying,
. Used moisturiser all over beforehand rather than only designated areas
. Neglected to exfoliate beforehand
. Come into contact with water
. Had something on the skin beforehand
. Not used enough tan
. Not buffed

St Tropez offer Step 4 - a waterproof, oil free, SPF 15, which you can wear over the tan. This is also PABA-free and will protect your tan so that it lasts longer while sunbathing. Also, the moisturiser contains L-Tyrosine which is a natural melanin stimulator, so it can be used all over the body 3 weeks before you go on holidays to help you tan more quickly and achieve a deeper tan.

For More Information
Spray Gun and tent:
Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gel €30 available nationwide
No.7 Sunless Tan starter kit €9.50 from Boots
L'Oreal "Glam Bronze" instant tan €17.95 available nationwide.
St. Tropez cleansing wipes €9.95 available from department stores nationwide


Suzanne has the perfect tan for you!