Monday, September 15, 2008

Beauty Queen :: Au Courant

British Newspaper The Guardian Life & style section exclusively report Everything you need to know about fake tanning.

Pam (English blonde, fair-skinned) uses Au Courant Instant Sunless Tanning Mousse (£24.99 HQ Hair): 'I prefer the colour on me to the St Tropez colour.' she says. 'It's easy to put on, dries fast and doesn't streak - I always use surgical gloves. I tissue off a bit on the knees, elbows and heels to make sure I don't get the dark patches there.'

Beauty Queen
Beauty Everything you need to know about fake tanning
Kathy Morgan

Is it vital to exfoliate before you apply fake tan?

Catherine Jackson

Yes - it makes all the difference between a botched job and a smooth finish. Exfoliating takes off the skin's dead cells and naturally makes your skin smoother and boosts circulation. If you don't, it means streaks, splodges and tell-tale orange patches.

I don't like fake tan on my face as I find it emphasises enlarged pores. What should I do?

Georgina Spencer

This is one of the big downsides of self tans, even if open pores are not your problem. If you use it all through the summer, it tends to get ingrained in the pores, even with regular exfoliation. All sunless tanners use DHA (dihydroxyacetone) - which can have a drying effect on the skin - to temporarily colour skin. Some also use erythulose, which is known to be more moisturising than DHA. One of the most important things to remember with self-tan or bronzing make-up is that the skin needs to start squeaky clean and moisturised. Then you have the choice of dozens of bronzing alternatives. If you are young you can get away with a tinted gel or a liquid bronzer with pearlised finish for a bit of colour. If you are older, shimmer gets into the pores and wrinkles, so choose a matte bronzer applied to the apple of the cheeks with a brush. This season, the blushers are subtler, nearer to your own skin tone. Avoid the dark terracotta ones (unless you are dark-skinned). Try Dior's Bronze Luminizer brushed on the cheekbones and bridge of the nose.

Fake tans seem to have very different shades. Could you give me a list of dark, medium and light ones?

There are now literally hundreds of brands out there. All of them use exactly the same chemicals and amino acids to fake your tan. Some have added anti-oxidants, vitamins and moisturisers to protect and enhance. Everyone has slightly different skin tones and skin types so it all becomes very subjective. Clarins and Lancôme always come high up in the popularity stakes. In terms of spray-tan booths, some are better than others. But whatever you do, don't try a new brand just before your wedding or holiday. It's a recipe for disaster.

The Sunday Times :: Au Courant

British Newspaper

Streaky legs? Blotchy elbows? Orange palms? Not any more – the trick to self-tanning is meticulous application. Here’s our guide to a great all-over glow

Self-tanning phobes are too willing to blame bronzing products for the creosote-like streaks that develop on hands and feet. The reality is, however, that they probably haven’t spent enough time applying it. You can’t expect to slap on the fake tan in 30 seconds (or, worse, after a round of mojitos) and expect to wake up with Gisele-like, honey-coloured skin.

The key to a flawless fake tan is an artful application, being meticulous about the areas where the product tends to stick. Our guide is put together from years of professional tanning advice, and while it may look laborious, any girl worth her Eres bikini will tell you that it’s time well spent.

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Streaky legs? BlotchyA back applicator for hard-to-reach areas - try Au Courant Sponge on a Stick, from HQ UK

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