5 tanning hacks that will guarantee a great tan

Because there's nothing worse than a less-than perfect tan.

So everyone (hopefully) now knows that the only safe tan 
is a fake one here
in UV-pummelled
 New Zealand. But even if you consider yourself
 a seasoned pro
at perfecting that faux 
glow, there might just
 be an undiscovered #tanninghack that can take your technique next level.
Let's glow girls.
Step 1: Remove hair
Shave or wax two days before tanning to make sure your pores have a chance to close up.
They have the potential to
get clogged otherwise.
Tip: Plan your waxing appointments around your tan, bearing in mind that wax will whip off the freshly applied tan as it sits on the
top layer of the skin.
Step 2: Exfoliate
A smooth, clean canvas is a must 
for getting an even, streak-free result.
 For maximum impact, use exfoliating 
gloves and a good scrub, then work in circular motions to remove dry skin.
Tip: Do this process at least 12 hours
 before tanning. It gives the skin a chance 
to settle and creates a better surface for 
the tan to stick to. Trust us, try it.
Step 3: Apply
Make sure your skin is free of moisturiser, make-up and perfume before you start, and always use a tanning mitt. Not only does it help the tan go on evenly, but it also ensures you're left with squeaky-clean palms.
Pump out product on to the mitt, then start at your ankles, working your way up your body in sections – legs, arms, then torso. Use what's left on the mitt to do the backs of your hands and feet 
– this ensures the ideal, minimal amount is administered.
Tip: Beat the heat and pat in a small amount of talc-free baby powder
 to any sweaty areas after tanning. This will help your tan stay put and 
prevent it from moving with the moisture.
Step 4: Maintain
Moisturising is vital to making 
a tan go the distance, so be sure to slather yourself both morning and night.
Tip: Avoid lathering up on body 
wash in the shower as this can make your colour fade faster. Skip spa 
pools for the same reason.
Step 5: Face
Apply moisturiser around
your hairline and on your brows (especially if you're blonde) to avoid any staining. With your hands, swiftly work the
tan in like moisturiser, using
circular motions.
Tip: If you're a beginner, mix
a little bit of tan with your moisturiser for a very sheer effect.
  • Bondi Sands Ultra Dark Tanning Foam, $29.99, is renowned for being one
of the deepest, darkest tans on the market.
  • Merging tan technology with masks, St Tropez Express Facial Sheet Mask, $15.99, promises an even, subtle, streak-free finish.
  • Mix a couple of drops of Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster, $50, into your night cream before bed and wake up with a golden glow!
  • Infused with pearl particles, Shiseido Brilliant Bronze
Quick Self-Tanning
Gel, $49.50, adds
 a sheen to the 
bronze colour.
  • Apply Le Tan Express Bronzing Mousse, $22.99, then shower after 30 minutes for a bronze tan, one hour for a deeper shade or two hours for deep-olive coverage.
  • If you're after a shimmering, creamy body make-up that washes off at the end of the day,
 look out for J Bronze Shimmer Instant Illuminiser, $29.95.
  • To create the perfect canvas, buff and refine skin with a J Bronze Exfoliating Mitt, $14.95, before tanning.
  • Bondi Sands Back Applicator, $19.99, is just perfect for those hard-to-reach spots.