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Fake Tanning Guide

Why Apply Fake Tan?

With the dangers of skin cancer and premature ageing from the sun’s harmful UV rays being at the forefront of most people minds, the usage of fake or faux tan has increased dramatically. Fortunately for us, fake tan products have come on leaps and bounds. Gone are the days of looking like ‘you’ve been tangoed’ Instead, recent formulae can create golden glows so deliciously real that it’s easy to convince others that the beautiful tan is your very own. Also, choosing to go for a fake tan means you save oodles of precious time. Rather than baking yourself in the sun for hours just to get bronzed you can spend more time strutting your stuff around town to show off your perfect tan. These days, achieving the best fake tan ever is both quick and easy.

Head here to read our guide on how to best prepare your skin before fake tanning.

Different Types of Fake Tan

The road to self-tanning can get a little confusing at times as there are so many products to choose from. Some self tanning products are semi-permanent and some wash off easily and you can choose between tinted and non-tinted. To save you from fake tan information overload, here is a quick guide to get you on the right track and decide which products are best for you.


Tanning mousse - Light and easy to apply, providing a streak free and even coverage.

Spray - Most tanning sprays are applied in beauty salons but there are some sprays available for you to apply at home. Just like mousses and lotions they can be easy to apply.

Lotion - Many tanning lotions contain extra moisturisers enabling you to tan and moisturise at the same time. The only down side is that they are a little harder to apply evenly.

Tinted Lotion - Tinted tanning lotions aid application as the colour means you can see exactly where you have applied the lotion and therefore highlights what areas you may have missed.

Wash Off

Bronzing powder - Growing in popularity, bronzing powders are often used as makeup on your face or body to give you a temporary sun kissed glow.

Tinted lotion - These fake tan lotions are a great way to either top up an existing tan or to create a beautiful tan in an instant. Use them on your face or body and wash them off easily at the end of the day.

3 Basic Steps to Achieving the best Fake Tan

The best way to self-tan is to follow PAM. PAM consists of three simple and easy to remember steps that help to create a healthy looking and flawless  semi-permanent fake tan. These are PREPARATION, APPLICATION and MAINTENANCE.

A fake tan will never, ever pass as a real tan if elbows, knees and heels appear three shades darker than the rest of your body. Patchy wrists, feet and hands can also give the game away big time. That’s why our Temple Spa Guide on ‘How to prepare your skin for a fake tan' will talk you through the whole self-tanning process and make sure you not only cover the basics but the ‘Tricky Bits’ too. This means you will be able to flaunt your beautifully tanned body with both confidence and style.

Products to help faux tan


    30 ml

    Instant Bronzing Gel

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    12 g


    Oh my gorgeous!

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    Bronzing Body Treatment Oil

    A cocktail party for the skin!

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