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The TAN Commandments

Now that summer is coming to an end, you don't have to lose that perfect summer glow. Spray tanning and self-tanners have come a long way over the years (trust us!) Now, lines like Vita Liberata even include ingredients to improve the health of your skin and to fight the signs of aging! Follow these TAN COMMANDMENTS to help achieve and maintain the perfect faux tan year round.


Thou Shalt Eat Your Greens

Eating green leafy vegetables including kale, spinach and rocket, which are high in lysine, antioxidants and vitamin A, will improve and extend your tan, leaving skin glowing & nourished.

Thou Shalt Exfoliate

A clean, smooth base for tanning will help you achieve an even tan result, that lasts longer and fades naturally. Use an exfoliator that contains no essential oils and avoid moisturizing shower creams as these can impact the effectiveness of your tan.

Thou Shalt Not Moisturise Pre-Tanning

Moisturizing in the 24 hours prior to tanning can create a barrier to self tan, cause streaks and reduce the depth of your tan result. So choose a tanning formula with ingredients like aloe vera and raspberry extract to instantly hydrate and condition skin.

Thou Shalt Not Over-Tan Dry Skin

Apply tan sparingly to the hands, elbows, knees and feet as these areas can often look over-tanned. After your application, take a damp cloth and wipe around the heel of the wrist and ankles, the sides of the hands and feet and gently across the knees and elbows, for the most natural-looking finish.

Thou Shalt Stay Natural

Don’t be tempted to go too dark, choose a shade that suits your skin tone that will leave people thinking ‘has she, or hasn’t see?’. You want a natural-looking glow that works all year round – you can always ramp up the color around vacation times!

Thou Shalt Hydrate Post-Tanning

Moisturizing twice daily following your tan application will boost your tan, keep the color even and ensure a natural fade. But avoid lotions with perfumes, alcohols and essential oils as these will strip the tan, making it fade faster.

Thou Shalt Use a Tan Mitt or Makeup Brush to Apply

Always use a self-tan applicator for a streak-free, even result. Stained palms are a tell-tale self-tan sign so don’t be tempted to apply tinted products directly to skin! For daily tan moisturizer, wash the palms of your hands thoroughly after application.

Thou Shalt Treat Skin Well

Why compromise on skincare for color? So choose the perfect tanner that will also care for your skin, with natural and organic formulas that contain no parabens, perfumes, alcohols or toxins. Added anti-aging extracts like ginkgo biloba will leave skin feeling soft, smooth and plumped, as well as naturally golden.

Thou Shalt Live In The Moment

Great weather outside? Apply your tan and go with forumulas that dry instantly! So forget applying the night before, wearing loose clothing, or feeling sticky...

Thou Shalt Protect Skin

With a genuinely viable alternative to sun exposure that offers natural-looking color and a skincare treatment in one, there is no reason for risking skin damage from UV rays. Always wear a high-protection sunscreen, even when you have applied self tan.

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