Naturally, I'm pretty pale, with a kind of blotchy undertone. When I've been out in the sun though, I do get slightly tan, although it never gets that deep and it never lasts that long. As we're fully into Autumn now, what little tan I did get while working over the summer has completely diminished. I know the argument; "embrace the natural you!" blah blah, but tbh, I am way more confident and comfortable when I am not a pale mess. I like to do an overall nice, natural tan in order to get a bit of glow back in my skin, without looking like a complete Dorito. For me personally, my method lasts about 4 days depending on if I shave/cleanse my body.
I start by taking a shower and shaving my legs/underarms, while also washing my body with a loofah to get rid of any excess tan left over. The body wash I love to use is the. I then take a deep conditioning moisturiser, like the body butter from the body shop, and use this all over my legs, my knees, and elbows, my ankles, as well as my chest, which is often a rougher texture than the rest of my body, and usually clings to the fake tan. I let that all dry and then get to tanning.
I don't know why, but often I get really sweaty when I'm fake tanning. Does this happen to anyone else? So I often try to do it with my windows open and take my time while applying the tan. I use le tan creme tan in shade dark, and an application mitt from Kmart which, even though it's cheap, works really well. I start toes upwards and use whatever's leftover on the mitt on my face and hands. When the first coat is done I let it dry completely and then reapply. I usually do it in the morning and let it develop throughout the day. That way it doesn't stain my sheets at night because it's all soaked in, and I can wash it off during my morning shower. I don't use and exfoliant in the following days to keep it looking fresh, and I've never had the issue of it streaking. Once I'm ready to be either pale again or to re-tan, I'll scrub it off with a loofah, shave, and start the process all over again.