Posted on August 26, 2015 in How To Apply, Tanning Tips & Advice, WHATS HOT with 0 Comments

Having gorgeous bronzed legs can help to transform any summer outfit, leaving you feeling confident and looking glamorous. However, your legs can often be one of the most difficult areas to tan but also one of the most important areas to get right! To master those perfect tanned legs, make sure to follow our easy step guide which will keep you wanting to show them off all year long!


 Summer Legs and Tanning

1) PREP:

When looking to tan your legs, it is important to bare in mind the preparation needed before you can start to apply. We recommend shaving and exfoliating 24 hours before you wish to tan.

Our celebrity tanning expert, Jules Heptonstall, explains why exfoliating is key when preparing for a tan, as as it removes dead skin cells and creates an even skin surface. This will result in a more uniform colour and allow the tan to fade more evenly.

To put this simply – exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate – especially around the knees, feet and ankles, which are famous giveaway areas. To do this, we recommend using St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Polish. Additionally, make sure to moisturise these areas immediately before tanning using our oil-free St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Moisturiser to stop the the tan from clinging to these extra dry areas.

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The next step is deciding what type of tan you want. Choose from our wide range of tanning products suitable for every skin type and occasion.

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Looking for a perfect sunless tan that will last for up to 7 days? Choose from a variety of products from our Self Tan range. Whether its our Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse for a quick development time, our classic Self Tan Core Mousse, or our Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil for our most luxurious tan yet.


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If you’re in a hurry and are in need of some colour, our Instant Tan Wash Off Lotions are a perfect solution to achieving an instant, no-commitment tan for up to 24 hours.


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Our Gradual Tan products are an excellent way to subtly build a gradual, sunkissed glow, whilst keeping your skin soft and moisturised.



Once you have decided, using an Applicator Mitt, apply your choice of tan in long sweeping upward motions using a consistent pressure. When applying the tanning product to your knees and feet, use the residual tan from the applicator mitt to blend in the excess product for a more natural finish. Remember, less is more for these areas.

Finally, allow to dry for approximately 5 minutes or until touch dry, before getting dressed. The type of tan you have chosen will determine your development time and whether it needs to be washed off.

For Self Tan products, allow your tan to develop over 4-8 hours for optimum results, before showering off the guide colour to reveal a natural looking, streak-free tan. For Instant and Gradual Tans, you do not need to wash off the product.


Summer Legs and Tanning


To maintain your tan for up to 3 days longer, moisturise daily to keep skin hydrated and exfoliate twice a week for an even fade. Also, try St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Tan Booster to help extend the life of your tan for up to 3 days longer.


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Feeling more confident? Head to our shop now and master the perfect pins!

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