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Prepping for the Christmas Season with Flawless Self-Tanning


The festive season is just around the corner, and with it comes an array of Christmas parties and gatherings that demand our best looks. While the festive season may bring about many joys, achieving a radiant and sun-kissed glow should not be a source of stress.

Jules Von Hep, a renowned figure in the world of self-tanning, shares his invaluable insights on preparing for the Christmas party season with a flawless self-tanning routine. Emphasising that the secret to a truly flawless glow is all in the prep work.

Timing is crucial

Jules recommends starting your self-tanning journey at least 24 hours before your Christmas event. This time frame allows for proper skin preparation and ensures that your tan develops evenly.

Jules says: “The trick to a truly flawless glow is all in the prep! Shave or wax at least 24 hours prior to application and ensure skin is exfoliated with a dry brush, scrub, or acid.”

Exfoliation is key

For an even, natural-looking tan that lasts, exfoliation is a must.

“Exfoliating means the skin will have an even surface, so the final result will be even and, more importantly, it will fade evenly as a natural tan would,” says Jules.

You can achieve this through various methods like dry brushing, using a scrub, or opting for an exfoliating acid. Exfoliating your skin beforehand ensures that it has a smooth and even surface, making the self-tanning product adhere uniformly. Plus, it sets the stage for a tan that will fade evenly over time.

Remove make-up and deodorant

Before applying your self-tanner, make sure your skin is free from any make-up or deodorant. However, Jules advises against using cleansing oil to remove make-up, as it can act as a barrier to the tanning product’s penetration.

“Remove any make-up and deodorant prior to application, but don’t use a cleansing oil to remove make-up as this will act as a barrier to the tan’s penetration.”

Choose the right self-tanner

Selecting the right self-tanning product is essential to achieving the perfect glow. Consider your skin type and desired shade when making your choice. Whether you’re interested in tanning drops that work with your favourite moisturisers or a mousse that is the perfect tone for your skin, doing some research on what is right for you and your routine is important.


Prepping for the Christmas season with flawless self-tanning doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little bit of preparation, you can achieve a stunning, natural-looking tan that will have you feeling confident and radiant at all your holiday gatherings. Remember, the key to a flawless glow lies in the planning, so follow these tips and enjoy a luminous holiday season!

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