With summer just around the corner, it’s time to break out the self-tanner and get a beautiful bronzed glow without worrying about damaging your skin in the sun. You should always remember to wear SPF everyday and reapply to keep your skin safe from the sun.
So, if you’re about to give yourself a tan for the first time or just want some extra tricks to add to your routine, read on for our 6 top tips for getting a flawless finish all by yourself.
Making sure your skin is properly prepared for tanning is one of the secrets to an even finish, which is why you should exfoliate 24 hours prior to tanning. By getting rid of dry and flaky skin you are creating a smooth and soft canvas for a layer of fresh tan. If you don’t exfoliate, the self-tanner will sink into dry skin, leaving dark patches that look unnatural. Don’t forget to pay extra attention to dry areas like your ankles, feet, knees and elbows. You can give them a good scrub by using the Byron Bay Bronze Bamboo & Sisal Exfoliating Mitt. This mitt is washable, reusable and won't disappoint!
After you’ve given your skin a thorough scrub, you then need to make sure it is well-hydrated by using moisturiser. This again helps give you an even tan and improves its depth. But you need to be careful about what moisturiser you use as oil heavy ones can affect how the tanner absorbs into your skin. Go for a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser and make sure to give extra focus to those commonly dry areas mentioned above.
Now it’s time to actually apply the self-tanner. There can be different processes depending on the type of tanner you are using, but the common goal is to make sure it is applied evenly for that smooth, effortless glow. Not sure where to start, you should try the Three Warriors Self-Tan Mousse. It's easy to apply and gives you instant, natural-looking colour.
To ensure you get a flawless and streak-free tan, use an applicator mitt. It will help evenly distribute and blend your tan and leave your hands stain-free. The Three Warriors Eco-Friendly Tanning Mitt is the perfect double sided tanning glove that allows you to control, with precision, your tanning application.
Let it dry
Once you’re happy with the application of the self-tanner, it’s time to sit back and relax. If you’ve using a developing tanner you need it give it time to properly dry before you put clothes on to prevent streaks or transfer. If you need your tan to dry quickly, you should try the CocoDRY Fake Tan Drying Powder & Kabuki Body Brush. This product is a fake tanning game changer that instantly dries and sets your tan!
Maintain your tan
Now that you’ve achieved a beautiful, bronzed glow, you want to keep yourself looking like a golden goddess for as long as possible. If you can exfoliate every 2 or 3 days and continue to regularly moisturise, you can help your tan last up to 10 days. Another trick is to apply an everyday gradual tanner over the top of your original tan to give it a little top up. We love using the Bondi Sands Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion because it is gentle on sensitive skin and fragrance free.
Remove all traces of your tan before reapplying
Once you’ve come to the end of your tan and are ready to reapply, you again need to properly prepare your skin. Alongside exfoliating and moisturising, you need to make sure all traces of your last tan are removed. The best way to do this is with a tan removing mitt or a remover mousse. We recommend using the Le Tan Uber Pro Remover as it gently breaks down and removes all traces of self-tan in just 5 minutes, it's so quick.
Even if you’re a tanning novice, these helpful tips are sure to get you on your way to becoming a seasoned self tanner in no time!