Should You Moisturise Before or After Tanning?

This is part of our complete guide on how to apply fake tan.

Moisturising before fake tan application lays the groundwork for an even and natural-looking tan while post-tanning moisturising is the secret weapon to extending the life of your sun-kissed radiance. With Beau Bronzage’s exceptional tanning products and the right moisturising routine, you can confidently achieve that coveted glow without compromising the health of your skin. Embrace the beauty of a flawless tan and let Beau Bronzage guide you on how to apply a fake tan for the best results.

The Importance of Moisturising

Before delving into the specifics of when to moisturise, let’s highlight the significance of keeping your skin well-hydrated. Moisturising plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health and elasticity of your skin, which is essential for a smooth and even tan. In the world of fake tanning, the importance of moisturising cannot be overstated. We believe that achieving a flawless tan is a combination of preparation, application and aftercare. Moisturising before tanning creates the perfect canvas for an even application while moisturising after a fake tan ensures the longevity and vibrancy of your tan.

Should You Moisturise Before Tanning?

Yes, Moisturising before applying fake tan is a key preparatory step that sets the stage for a seamless application and ensures your tan develops evenly. Dry, dehydrated skin can lead to uneven absorption of the tanning product, resulting in streaks and an unnatural appearance. We recommend moisturising daily for at least a week leading up to your fake tanning session to prepare your skin for optimal tanning results. This timeline ensures the overall condition of your skin improves, enhancing the tan’s longevity.

Moisturising before applying fake tan prevents the product from sticking to the dry patches on your skin. Opt for a moisturiser that is free from harsh chemicals and fragrances, as these can potentially strip away the tan. Apply the moisturiser generously, focusing on areas that tend to be drier, such as elbows, knees and ankles. This stops the fake tan from adhering more intensely to these areas and turning darker than the rest of your skin. But make sure that you apply moisturiser 2-3 hours before you tan, as any leftover moisture can make the fake tan streaky. Here are more tips for achieving the perfect tan:

  • Exfoliate Beforehand – To ensure an even application, exfoliate your skin a day or two before tanning. This helps remove dead skin cells and creates a smooth surface for the self-tanner.
  • Choose the Right Product – Pick a lightweight, water-based formula to ensure that your skin absorbs it effortlessly. This not only prepares your skin for an even tan but also enhances the longevity of the resulting glow.
  • Apply with Care – Take your time when applying the self-tanner, making sure to blend thoroughly for a seamless finish. Use a tanning mitt to avoid staining your hands.
  • Avoid Water and Sweat – Refrain from activities that could cause sweating or contact with water immediately after tanning to allow the product to set properly.

Does Moisturiser Help Tan Longevity?

Our skin is in a constant state of renewal. When the outermost layer of skin sheds, it takes the colour imparted by the fake tan with it. Dry or dehydrated skin tends to shed dead skin cells more rapidly than well-hydrated skin. When your skin is properly moisturised, it becomes more supple and less prone to flaking. By maintaining adequate moisture levels in your skin, you can slow down the shedding of dead skin cells, subsequently extending the life of your tan.

Should I Moisturise After Fake Tan?

Absolutely. After investing time and effort into achieving the perfect tan, it’s essential to maintain it. We have more aftercare tips in our blog. Post-tanning moisturising is a non-negotiable step in your skincare routine to preserve and enhance your glow. You should wait at least 4-6 hours after applying your fake tan before moisturising to allow the tan to fully develop. For best results, some experts recommend waiting until the next day.

Choosing a moisturiser specifically formulated for use after a fake tan application ensures that you’re giving your skin the care it needs. Remember, well-moisturised skin not only extends the life of your tan but also prevents the development of dry patches that can mar the overall appearance of your sun-kissed complexion.

Beau Bronzage: Your Guide to the Perfect Sun-kissed Glow

Moisturising is a crucial step in achieving and maintaining a beautiful tan with Beau Bronzage. The answer to the question “Should I moisturise before or after self-tanning?” is both. Moisturising before tanning creates the perfect base for an even application, while post-tanning moisturising ensures your glow lasts longer. With the right products and a little care, you can confidently embrace a radiant, sun-kissed complexion without compromising the health of your skin. Beau Bronzage has you covered every step of the way on your journey to a flawless tan. View our line of self-tanner products and moisturisers, and contact us today to get started achieving your best glow.

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