Everything you need to know about tanning

Author: Danielle Cauchi  

Find out how to master your fake tan with this helpful guide to tanning!


Achieving the perfect tan no longer requires hours in the harsh sun, as fake tanning brands like Bondi Sands have created the best fake tan available. Whether it’s a gradual tan or a 1-hour express tan that you are after, you can now create this bronzed appearance from the comfort of your home. Tanning is a beauty trend and Cosmetic Capital offers a wide range of affordable options. If you are searching for other areas of self care, then Skincare and Hair Care might be categories worth browsing through. Fanola offers Italian made blonde hair toners that are world class, while NYX have created Lipsticks that are cult favourites in Australia.


How do you use fake tan?

Giving yourself a glowing tan anytime of the year is something we all need. Whether it’s for a special occasion, or just an excuse to feel like you’ve been in the summer when it’s the middle of winter, a fake tan gives your skin a healthier look.

But applying a fake tan at home can be tricky. Follow these steps to make sure you have a golden, glowing tan, not patchy or orange!


  1. Exfoliate and remove hair

Before even thinking of opening that new Bondi Sands tan product, you need to exfoliate your skin. This is a non-negotiable, as you risk an uneven finish if you skip this step.

The night before you tan, exfoliate with a body scrub to remove dead skin cells and create a very smooth base.

If you forget to do this step (it happens), then quickly use a buffing brush before you tan.

Whatever you do, don’t skip exfoliating. Trust us!

You also will need to remove unwanted hair the day before you tan. Wax or use hair-removal creams at least a day before you tan, as your skin needs some time to recover before you apply the tan. Otherwise you will see patchy results.


  1. Moisturise before you tan

Dry skin can be a dead giveaway on a fake tan, especially on your elbows and knees. To avoid this, moisturise everywhere, with special attention to dry areas, at least half an hour before you tan.


  1. Prepare your tanning mitt

In case you thought otherwise, don’t tan by hand. Always have a good tanning mitt and back applicator ready before you start tanning.

With your tanning mitt on your other hand, squeeze or pump your Bondi Sands tan, St. Tropez tan or other tanning brand product onto the mitt.

Scrunch your hand in the mitt up into a fist once you have applied the product to the mitt. This will spread the product evenly over the mitt.


  1. Apply in circular motions

Focus on one body part at a time and apply the fake tan in circular motions. Make sure you reach every inch of the body part you’re working on, including the underside of arms and legs.

Build up the colour so that it’s even. You can use the product’s tanning guide for assistance if there is one included.

But remember to be quick! Instant tan will dry quickly, so you need to be fast.

Make sure everywhere is rubbed in properly and buff out any overlapping parts. You can use a kabuki brush to blend out any noticeable streaks.


  1. Let it dry

After you’ve fully applied your tan, leave it to dry per the instructions. You may need to wash it off if you’re using a tanning lotion, but make sure the colour has developed for long enough before doing that.


  1. Moisturise to extend the life of the tan

Continue to moisturise each day if you’ve applied a gradual tan. This will extend the life of the tan for as long as possible.

You should also avoid hot showers when you have a fake tan, as this will dehydrate the skin. Short, cooler showers will help lock in moisture and colour.


How to remove fake tan

When the time comes to remove a fake tan after it’s run its course, or you’ve made a fatal mistake and need to get rid of it FAST, then look no further than Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser. This bottle of magic will remove your tan in five minutes!

But if you are looking for other ways to remove your tan, try these tricks below.

But whatever you do, don’t panic scrub! This won’t work and will just damage your skin.


  1. Body scrubs and bath oil

A body scrub with a tiny amount of bath or massage oil will help break down the colour element in the fake tan.

Repeat this process 2-3 times for an even, all-over fade of the tan.


  1. Swimming in a pool

Chlorine works wonders for removing a tan. Head down to a public swimming pool and let the water work its magic. You might just be a bit patchy in public!

Take a pair of exfoliating gloves to the showers afterwards and work in circular motions to remove the tan.

You can also go to the steam room or sauna, which are both effective in softening the tan.


How long does spray tan last?

A spray tan usually can last up to 10 days depending on the shade. Lighter shades may last up to five days, medium shades may last up to eight days and darker shades may last up to 10 days.

The length of your tan is also determined by your after-tan skincare. If you moisturise your skin regularly, the tan will last longer. Avoiding hot showers will also increase the length of the tan.


Can you tan with sunscreen on?

If you are looking to get a natural tan, you can still achieve this while wearing sunscreen. Although the tan may not be as dark as not using sunscreen, it is significantly safer to wear sunscreen.

In fact, you should wear sunscreen every day, as no amount of deliberate tanning is considered safe.

If you are looking for a darker tan, we recommend a fake tan from Bondi Sands, Le Tan, St. Tropez or other brands to safely tan your skin.


How to prepare for a spray tan

To prepare for a spray tan, you need to exfoliate your skin. This should be done the night before with a body scrub.

If you forget to exfoliate the night before, use a buffing brush just before you tan to exfoliate.

You also will need to remove any unwanted hair the day before your spray tan. Waxing or hair-removal cream can remove the first layer of the skin cells, so you want to allow a day for the skin to recover before tanning. Otherwise your tan may come out patchy.

You should also moisturise all dry areas, such as elbows and knees, at least 30 minutes before your spray tan. These areas can also go patchy, so it’s vital to do this as your last step before your spray tan.


What are the best fake tanning brands?

Finding the best fake tanning products is easy at Cosmetic Capital. Shop the biggest brands in self-tanning, such as from Bondi Sands, Le Tan, St. Tropez and more.

Bondi Sands has a worldwide following for their quick tan solutions, as well as their cult favourite Self Tan Eraser, back applicator and tanning mitt.

The Bondi Sands Tanning Foam, Liquid Gold and Gradual Tanning Foam range are also best-sellers at Cosmetic Capital.


Shop more Skincare at Cosmetic Capital, such as Day Creams, Night Creams and Serums. Buy now, pay later with Afterpay and zipPay.

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