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Streaky, fast-fading fake tan is the bane of any glow-getter’s life. Like, seriously, no one wants that – it is not a lewk. There are three main things that’ll make your fake tan look flawless AND help it go the distance. So, if you want your tan to be more Love Island glow and less Trump tragic, get your notebook at the ready, because we’ve got some tips for you…


Prepping your skin before is TANtamount to making sure the bottled stuff looks lush. Make sure you shave and exfoliate at least eight hours before you plan to tan, to make sure skin is as smooth ’n’ fresh as poss, and that it’s had time to calm down. Scrub away those dead skin cells with Superdrug Vitamin E Sugar Oil Body Scrub and then moisturise with a light lotion. You don’t want to use anything too heavy, as it’ll stop the tan from absorbing properly into the skin. The Superdrug Oat and Coconut Body Lotion is the perfect consistency. Rub it in all over and pay extra attention to dry bits, such as elbows, knees and hands.

Vitamin E Superdrug Vitamin E Sugar Oil Body Scrub 300ml £4.99 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Oat & Coconut Body Lotion 200ml £3.99 Buy Now

Choosing tan

Picking your bottle bake is probs the most important part of the process. You want something that works with your skin type, so make sure you know that first before diving in. For those of you with dry skin, a rich lotion like Solait Tinted Bronzing Lotion is just what you need. You’ll get your glow, but it’ll keep your skin nice and hydrated at the same time. If your skin is more on the oily side, go for a lighter formula like a mousse or spray. Tanologist Self-Tan Mousse is our pick of the bunch – smell it and you’ll see why!

No matter what tan you go for, you should always apply it using a mitt and buff the product into your skin with circular motions. This will ensure an even, streak-free finish – nailed it!

Solait Solait Tinted Bronzing Lotion Medium to Dark 200ml £4.99 Buy Now
Tanologist Tanologist Self-Tan Mousse Medium 200ml £9.99 Buy Now
Solait Solait Tanning Mitt £3.49 Buy Now


Now for the upkeep. If you want your tan to last, the best thing you can do is switch out your normal moisturiser for something with a gradual tint in it. Treat yourself to an overnight tan with Solait's Overnight Tan Mask for an instant sun kissed glow. Add a touch of Revolution Molten Body Glow Bronze to legs, arms and collar bones – this will enhance your glow and give your tan the wow factor. As for your hands, make sure you wash them whenever you apply fake tan or tinted lotion, but go over them with the Solait Tan Wipes to keep them looking even. Use in circular motions (just like a mitt) to avoid any streaks or patchiness.

Solait Solait Overnight Tanning Face Mask 50ml £4.99 Buy Now
Revolution Revolution Molten Body Glow Bronze £15.00 Buy Now
Solait Solait Wear Off Tanning Wipes 25 pack £2.99 Buy Now