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Fake Tan Tips to Make Your Summer!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Summer is now quite literally around the corner and recently at the Defacto Offices in Glasgow we have been getting a bit of sun!

Great news but that means less clothing and more skin. Some of you might be suffering from a pale completion after being bundled up since autumn began and that means you might want to try your hand at fake tan.

If you’re a seasoned pro this just might be a bit of light reading but if you’re a novice then this list will guarantee you the best tan you can get yourself. So keep on reading, here are 10 handy tips to get your summer tan glowing.



Exfoliation is a key to success when tanning; it will remove the dead skin cells and create a smooth surface to begin your tan. Avoid body scrubs with oil in them however as they can create a filmy surface over your skin, something that your tan might not take to. Be sure to pay extra attention to your dry areas, like elbows and knees.


If you’re going on holiday and want a started layer of tan so you don’t walk onto the beach like a milk bottle. It’s likely you’ll also want to wax. Ensure your waxing is done 24 hours BEFORE getting your tan done, this allows the skin to calm down and heal from any injury it may have sustained. DO NOT get a wax done after your tan, it would rip of the layer of tan and totally defeat the purpose.



Don’t moisturise the day of your tanning session, some even say not to moisturise your face. Don’t use any deodorant or perfume either. These things may have oils and interfere with the tan.


If you’re doing it at home try blasting your un-tanned skin with cold water, this will close the pores and prevent them from blocking.

Aloe Vera


Use an aloe Vera solution or even a moisturiser (as long as its not oil based) to apply on dry areas that the pigment will stick to more like; hands, elbows, knees, feet and even your nails. This will prevent patchiness.

Colour Match

Get a good brand that specialises in tan and don’t go too dark on the first application. Incase it doesn’t work out as well as you’d hoped.

Types of tan


It’s all about personal preference. Tanning types include; spray, gel, mousse, lotions and oils. All with their own positives and negatives. Find the right one for you.



You have to use an applicator mitt to apply the product to ensure an even finish. Use sweeping motions not circular ones to get a more even distribution. Start at your ankles and work your way up your body, sweeping once over areas you’ve used aloe vera on. Trust us once on those areas is enough!

Face tanning


Try mixing tan with your moisturiser before applying it gently. This will soften the tan formula and create a more natural look for your face, as well as minimising breakouts.

Advanced tanning

You might want to use your tan to highlight your body shapes. Almost like body contouring. For example, buffing a little extra underneath your collarbones or between the thighs.

Give these a try and tell us if you get a more even tan! If you’d rather just book in somewhere to get a tan done, you can have a look on our listing website HERE for salons near you!

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