Tanning – should you be faking it or keeping it real?

With the warm weather finally here, you may well have been thinking about whether to go for a fake tan or top up your real one.

Those expecting to be out and about on modelling jobs in the sunshine are likely to have given it additional thought – and you may also have been weighing it up if you are thinking of taking a new set of seasonal photographs for your e-portfolio.

So, here are the DOs and DON’Ts from Models Direct when it comes to deciding whether to fake it or keep it real:

If you have been booked for a modelling assignment, DO ensure you check with your agent before getting a fake tan. The client will be unhappy if you turn up looking overly (and possibly unnaturally) tanned and they haven’t requested for it.

If you are in doubt about whether or not you should get a fake tan before a modelling job and, for some reason an answer cannot be given, DON’T get a fake tan. If in doubt, it is always better to look natural.

If you are getting a fake tan, DO make sure you follow the preparation tips you have been given, including ensuring you have exfoliated and moisturised regularly in the days before.

DO give special attention to the dry parts of your body before a fake tan – these include the knuckles and elbows etc that take in a lot of colour.

Those opting for a fake tan should always ensure they DO a colour match. If you don’t want to look unnaturally orange, you need to find a shade that suits you and looks realistic.

If you are tanning yourself DO make sure you wear gloves or use a special mitt. This will protect your hands from excess colour and ensure a more even finish.

DO rinse carefully after a fake tan and DON’T rub yourself dry with a towel afterwards as this might take off some of the colour. Pat your skin gently and lightly instead.

If you are opting for a real tan, then DO take care in the sun. Make sure you only stay outside for short stints at a time and that you DO everything necessary to protect your skin from long-term damage.

Even if you are hoping to achieve a real tan, DO still wear a sun protection product with an SPF of at least 30 in it – and DO top it up regularly.

Those hoping to achieve a natural tan DO need to change the position they are in out in the sun regularly.

They DO also need to take lots of breaks in the shade; keep out of the sun between 12pm and 3pm and DO drink regularly to stay hydrated.