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I don't usually come on this section, but need Your Royal Gorgeousnesses advice.
I got back from California 3 weeks ago with a lovely deep tan but it's basically all gone now.
DH is taking me away for our anniversary for a week on 2 Oct to a Mystery Location - all I know is that it's several time zones east of here and hot. So, I'd quite like to top up my tan a bit before I get the bikini back out, but have never had a spray tan before.
I've given up using fake tan on my legs as no matter how much I exfoliate and moisturise, I end up with orange and white stripes and it looks horrible.
Sooo, would you recommend a spray tan? How much is it, how many will I need, do I need to do anything special in terms of moisturising etc, do I keep knickers and bra on, and any other info much appreciated.
Cost varies, £15/20 ish if you get someone to come to the house, £20-40 in a salon.
You get given paper knickers to wear, baps out so you get no strap marks. You could leave a bra on if you really wanted to, but would probably have to bin it afterwards.
One visit will be enough, but it won't last more than a week. Fantasy Tan is the best one IMO. St Tropez is dark but wears off in patches. Fantasty Tan has a range of shades to choose from and a more 'luminescent' finish and wears evenly.
I would shave/exfoliate/moisturise the night before then shower in the morning and don't moisturise again. The tanning person will put moisturiser on your elbows for you and give you sticky foot protectors so you don't get the tan on the soles of your feet.
If you can get someone mobile it's better as then you don't have to get dressed afterwards. Don't shower for 24 hours (or at the least overnight).
What Emsyj said but to add, I like Fake Bake - you can choose between light, medium or dark and it too has a 'luminosity' that stops it looking flat. It will look streaky and terrifying whilst it dries! It always does and looks very very very dark! But I promise it will be glowing and even once you shower off the residue (12 hrs later, as above).
One final tip re: the exfoliation etc - don't use deodorant on the day you're having it done. It will go green under your armpits if you do! Or, and if you're anything like me, lift your arms up when she's doing your boobs!
If yoyu go to a salon - wear flip flops. Don't wear socks in the day as you don't want ridges around your ankles while having the tan and if you do go to the salon wear loose clothes - t-shirt and joggers as you won't wear a bra afterwards as it will rub off too much and leave you with a bra mark.
Don't worry about it coming off on your sheets - I've always had St Tropez and find it washes out of teh sheets fine as it's just a vegetable-based water dye as I understand. -
I've only had a few but all v good advice. I have always had St Tropez and the last two times it's faded rather than gone patchy so looked very natural. I do moisturise a lot though. It's not ideal to swim after iirc? Depending on where you're going could be a consideration?
Unfortunately none of my local salons (Marlow or Henley) do the fantasy tan, but I've booked a san tropez for the late afternoon before we go away as the lady said not to get it done at 10am which was my first choice. She was Russian so I didn't quite get what she was saying but seemed to be saying I "vud be muddy"