A TEEN has revealed exactly how she gets the perfect tan on a budget – without getting her hands and feet patchy.
Fleur Hobson, 16, decided to share her fake tan routine on social media after her friends suggested she post a tutorial, and her tips have taken social media by storm.
The teen from Huddersfield posted a picture on Twitter of her perfectly tanned hands with the caption “thought i’d share my fake tan routine cos im bored and it might help some people out xxx” , along with a detailed thread of her entire routine before and after tanning.
Fleur said she moisturises every single day to keep the skin hydrated so the tan stays on longer, and recommended people use Vaseline moisturisers.
She wrote: “Before you apply your fake tan these are things you MUST do it’ll change your life: whilst you have tan on you need to moisturise every single day (i do it after showering) it makes your tan last longer and makes it 100x easier to remove tan, these are the best ones! (cheap)”
Fleur stressed the importance of removing old tan by exfoliating the skin the night before and uses an exfoliating glove from Home Bargains.
She also recommended using a body scrub with the glove and rubbing the product into the skin in circular motions, applying quite a bit of pressure.
Fleur then shaves her legs and goes back with her exfoliating glove to scrub off any remaining tan that hasn’t been removed.
In one of the most important steps, Fleur applies moisturiser to her skin and sleeps in it to allow her pores to close, so tan doesn’t collect inside the pores creating “black dots” all over the skin after tanning.
She said: “Once you’re out the shower lather yourself in moisturiser and sleep in it, this gives your pores time to close so you don’t get those black dots, if you tan directly after a hot shower/shave you’ll get black dots everywhere and no one wants that believe me.”
On the day you’re going to tan, Fleur recommends washing the moisturiser off with shower gel and cold water so the pores stay closed.
She then pats her skin dry and applies a thick cream to her elbows, knees, belly button, armpit creases, feet and hands and any other areas where the tan would collect, using The Body Shop’s mango body butter.
The 16-year-old said: “the next day before you’re going to tan wash the moisturiser off with COLD water and shower gel, it has to be cold so your pores don’t open up! pat dry and using a heavy moisturiser moisturise your elbows, knees, belly button, armpit creases, feet and hands! i love this one”
She lets the moisturiser soak in for 10 minutes and applies a face mask in the meantime.
Fleur then proceeds to tan her skin, using St Moriz tan in medium for her hands and feet and “dark” for the rest of her body.
The reason Fleur uses different colours is so that the tan doesn’t appear more prominent on her feet and hands, a common problem with tanning, and helps everything look more even.
She wrote: “finally the tanning!! I use St Moriz DARK & MEDIUM (so cheap but the best) I’ve tried Bondi, loving tan, St Tropez, etc and nothing beats it, apply DARK with a tanning mit everywhere but face feet and hands. Bondi Sands tanning mits are the best and they’re machine washable!
Fleur uses a bronzer brush to apply the tan to her hands and feet, blending the product in circular motions.
She added: “use MEDIUM on your feet and hands with a dense bronzer brush and again blend in circular motions, hands and feet always cling to the tan more so it is key to use a lighter shade! then after that use the same brush and the DARK shade on your face and blend again with the brush!”
Fleur leaves the tan for at least 8 hours before washing it off and patting dry, and sometimes applies Garnier tanning moisturiser on any part of her body that hasn’t come out tanned enough.
She wrote: “leave the tan on for 8 hours for best results, I do it whilst I’m asleep or if I have a day off I lounge around in a baggy t-shirt and loose flared leggings so they don’t mess the tan up, when you wake up wash it off with lukewarm NOT hot water otherwise it’ll come off loads.
“Pat yourself dry with a towel and moisturise everywhere, i use the Garnier tanning moisturiser on my legs or everywhere depending on if my tan came out dark enough or not but the vaseline ones are always the best!”
Her Twitter tanning tutorial has since gone viral, gaining over 102K likes and 14.5K retweets with hundreds of users praising her for sharing her tips.
Speaking about the secret to a perfect tan, Fleur, a college student, said: “The secret to perfect tan is moisturiser! I tan every week.
“The reason your hands and feet get patchy more than anything else is because you constantly are washing your hands so it tends to come off faster.
“My friends told me to do a tanning tutorial so I did it!
“I’m happy my thread when viral because I know it’ll help a lot of people and that makes me happy!”
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