This was the brand name for a self-tanning lotion
created in the 1960's, to appeal
to a male audience. By extension, any tan that's "man tan" is fake. The expression is commonly
used to mean an artificial suntan in both the US and the UK.
1) She put on man tan the day before she went to the beach
so she wouldn't be fish-belly white her first day out.
2) UK usage:
"The £2.99 man tan on sale"
"No need to hit the beach
anymore. It's not usually men who get accused of faking it - but that may be about to change. Preening males can now look bronzed
to perfection - with the launch
of a cheap fake
tan aimed exclusively at them. It gives a gradual tan, so they don't go from Peter Crouch
to Peter Andre
" 'British men are more image-conscious
than ever,' said the manager of the supermarket
selling it. 'We hope it helps blokes achieve the glow they're after, without
the tell-tale streaks.' "
3) USA usage:
" As a native Californian trapped in New York, I’ve watched
my former consistently bronze glow fade to a somewhat gray shade
of pale. So…what’s a guy to do, you may be thinking? (...) I hit the city
streets in search of a sunless man tan. (... I chose) the spa’s 'organic spray' tan, which promises a natural looking tan using a unique combination of mineral salt bronzers, beets, sugarcane and the approved cosmetic tanning agent, DHA 20."