My Tanning Routine

Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE to fake tan. The darker the better! But I know tanning isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to master. We’ve all been there; orange hands, streaky legs and patchy arms. After years of practice I’ve picked up some tips and tricks to get the best tan and I thought I’d share these with you to get us all looking like bronzed goddesses.


To get the perfect tan, your prep needs to start two days before your wanting to be tanned for. The day before you actually apply the tan is where the most important step towards the perfect fake tan happens….EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE. If I still have some fake tan on from when I previously applied it I use the Bondi Sands tan eraser first then exfoliate with a mitt, otherwise I will use the same mitt and any exfoliator I have ( I recommend the soap and glory one – it smells amazing!)

This is also the time when you need to shave and moisturise. I’d then recommend going to bed with a thick moisturiser on like one of the body shop body butters.


Now it’s the fun part, our skin is prepped and we are ready to tan. I’d suggest wearing a tanning mitt and I always put latex type gloves underneath as the tan tends to seep through the mitt which leads to those dreaded orange hands. I usually put an extra bit of moisturiser on dry bits of skin like my elbows, knees and ankles to stop the tan clinging to these areas. My tan of choice at the moment is the Bondi Sands ultra dark; it’s gives the most amazing colour with olive undertones. I start with my legs and work my way up, making sure I don’t miss any patches. The ultra dark has a great base colour so you can see exactly where you’re applying it and it’s near enough impossible to miss anywhere. I usually use about 2-3 pumps of the product per limb. I have no issues using this on my face, it doesn’t tend to break me out, but I’d maybe test this out first if you haven’t used it before.To get an even darker colour I wait about 30 minutes after applying the tan and apply a second layer.

I then put some old PJ’s on (I’d also suggest putting socks and a hoody on to cover as much as your body as possible to stop the tan transferring onto your bed sheets) and sleep in the tan to get the best colour.

Don’t panic when you wake up in the morning and you may be a little darker than expecting, just pop in the shower to reveal the most perfect tan.

I sometimes use my exfoliating mitt gently on my elbows, knees etc to remove any excess tan, I then pat my skim dry when out of the shower and moisturise.


Once you have your perfect tan you want to keep it for as long as possible. It’s important to gently exfoliate every other day to get rid of the dry, patchy bits of tan. Also make sure you moisture everyday. If I’m going on a night out and want a slightly darker tan, or I feel as though my tan is fading slightly I will use this fake bake tan on top.

And it’s that simple, you should now have the perfect tan. I tend to go through this process once a week as a bit of prep is needed and the Bondi Sands tan lasts well as long as the above steps are followed.

I’ve tried to link any products used but if you want any more information or want to talk anything fake tan related, please feel free to drop me an email.

With love, Vicky xoxo

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