Tanning Tips from James Read

Tan expert to the stars, James Read, popped in to Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols amidst his busy schedule to give an exclusive masterclass on at-home, professional tanning.

Located in the glamorous WOW Bar in the store, James applied his range of perfected tanning products to willing members of the audience, demonstrating the best way to achieve a professional looking tan and sharing his biggest secrets. His top tips were so handy that we just had to share them with you!

1. Back Application
We’ve all been there – standing in front of the mirror wearing nothing but tanning mitts, contorting into the most awkward of positions to try and cover that unreachable spot between our shoulder blades. Or better yet – dangling the mitts at our friend or partner with the pleading smile that says, “Can you do my back?” The answer to this dilemma is simple (and rather surprising!); use a mini paint roller! James says that the sponge of the roller is great for spreading your tan evenly, and the handle allows you to reach the centre of your back easily - who are we to argue?!

2. Tan + White Clothes = Disaster
It’s common knowledge that wearing white is a great way to accentuate your glowing tan, however the glaringly obvious flaw in this theory is that tan can easily rub or sweat on to your garments, creating eye-sore patches in areas that nobody wants to draw attention to. James has a great answer to preventing tan from sweating onto your clothes. He suggests applying talcum powder to affected areas such as the armpits, inside elbows and back of the knees. The powder will absorb any moisture before it reaches the fabric and as its white there is no risk of seeing it on your outfit.

3. Tan Removal
Tan can be stubborn and difficult to remove, causing problems when you want to reapply. Rather than forking out for expensive body scrubs at the spa, you can make your own from olive oil, lime and lemon juice and brown sugar. The sugar will give a great exfoliation, removing stubborn patches whilst the acidity of the citrus is known to be a great stain remover. Adding olive oil will leave your skin feeling silky soft and moisturised which is a great base for applying fresh tan!

Other handy hints:
1. After shaving or waxing wait 24 hours before applying tan
2. To avoid tan blocking your pores, rub an ice cube over your face to close them before applying tan
3. Apply a light moisturiser to areas that are known for dry skin such as wrists, knuckles, ankles and knees

We were in awe of how James’ products dried instantly without the irritating tackiness that many cheaper tanning products leave. Believe it or not, there was also no smell! This makes all of his products wearable whilst they are developing, without having to stay indoors looking like you’ve indulged in a mud treatment.

James Read tanning products are all available to buy at Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols, Manestys Lane, Liverpool ONE.