Is it just us or is there something that screams summer when hands are feet are perfectly tanned? Especially when combined with a pop of coral polish or shiny new Havaiana’s, there’s definite tropical beach vibes we love even if it is just a Tesco run and not a white sand stroll (hey, a girl can daydream!). Hands and feet are notoriously tricky spots to get right when self-tanning, and admittedly one of the toughest to get right. Nothing a little practice and a couple of seasoned hacks can’t sort right out. Our guide step-by-step guide to flawlessly tanned hands and feet mean your days of tie-dye tanned knuckles and palms are well behind you!
Step 1: Micro-Exfoliate
Yes, yes we know, you’ve heard the exfoliate bit a thousand times before, but when it comes to hands and feet you really need to take a couple of minutes to do a more precise job – trust us it’ll pay off no end. Knuckles are where you want to concentrate on and an old soft toothbrush can be just the ticket here, either lathered up with a little shower gel (a pea sized blob is all you need) or if trying to lift off old tan residue then a little toothpaste can work wonders. Follow with a good hand wash using St. Moriz Advanced pro exfoliating skin primer in the place of hand soap. Salon & dermatologically tested, the small exfoliating beads are specially designed to even out skin surface and create the optimal base for even tan application.
Step 2: Condition Skin
It’s safe to say most of us would have a hand moisturizer floating around somewhere in the end of our handbags (or is it just us with bottomless pit handbags?!) so our hands are generally quite a well moisturised area of the body, it’s feet that tend to loose out a little here. Our feet are often a neglected area particularly in the winter months, so a little TLC before flip-flop season hits, is badly needed. The thing is not all moisturisers are created equally, and as lovely as a scented desk drawer or handbag hand cream might be, they often contain oils that work against even tanning and lift pigment. An oil free priming moisturiser such as St. Moriz Advanced Pro Tan Enhancer is rich in Vitamin E for soft, smooth skin but contains no oils, so perfect for creating an even canvas. Concentrate on knuckles and heels here, as they’re naturally drier.
Step 3: Protect Palms
One of the most dreaded fake tan mishaps are deeply darkened palms of hands, and perhaps less noticeably soles of feet. Palms can be a particular problem area if you choose not to use a tanning mitt, big mistake! Tanning mitts are cost effective and can be chucked in the washing machine for a clean-up, to maximise their value. Vaseline acts as a super effective (not to mention cost-effective) barrier cream for palms. Apply an even coating to palms before tan application and wipe, not wash, away afterwards. Don’t forget to pay particular attention in-between fingers and on fingertips – two minutes well spent!
Step 4: Use a Makeup Brush
Now we’re not talking your favourite natural hair bronzing brush, but by all means invest in a synthetic hair flat-head brush for tan application on hands and feet. Synthetic brushes are generally that little bit cheaper, and don’t have a cuticle which means they’re perfect for applying cream products as they wont trap the product. The beauty of using a makeup brush for hand and feet tan application is you’ve much more control over this smaller area. Pump a tiny amount of an easily blendable self-tanner, such as St Moriz Advanced Pro 5-in-1 tanning mouse onto your brush and buff in circular motions to a seamless coverage, which is exactly what we’re after. And there you have it, a few minutes prep and a tweaked application technique and flawlessly tanned hands and feet are all yours for that tropical beach stroll – or Saturday morning Tesco run!