We’ve all been a little lost when it comes to self-tanning at one point or another. For newbies to the tanning game, it’s a whole new regime they’re stepping into and it can understandably feel a little intimidating.
So, we thought we would provide 10 helpful tips and tricks to help you out. You can now stop stressing and just start glowing.
1. Preparation is Key:
If there’s one thing that can make or break a good tan, it’s the prep that goes into it beforehand. We recommend using a natural body exfoliant to clear away any dead skin cells and smooth out your skin, this will give you the perfect base to apply your tan.
Steer clear of any oil-based products as these tend to leave residue on your skin and will make your application process a lot more difficult. It may even make your tan look streaky.
Pro Tip! Avoid scrubs that contain microplastics as these are really harmful to the environment. Instead, choose a product which uses organic ingredients such as salt, nutshells or coffee beans. They get the job done and are much more eco-friendly!
2. To Shave or Not To Shave:
This step is completely optional and you should by no means feel pressured to shave before a tan, so do what makes you comfortable!
For those of you who like shaving prior to getting your glow on, you should do so at least 12 hours beforehand. If waxing is more your thing, make sure it’s done at least 1-2 days before. This will prevent any sensitivity on the skin and will make for a much more enjoyable experience once you start using your sunless tan.
3. The Fun Part:
Now it’s time for the main event! You can choose between many different types of tanning products that fit your lifestyle, such as lotions, mists, mousses and gradual tanners.
While most people generally go for a mousse, products such as our Radiant Self Tanning Lotion can offer an equally effective result. Lotions tend to be a lot more moisturising and calmer on the skin, so it’s a great substitute if you’re looking for another option.
- When it comes to applying your tan with tanning mousses, look no further than Eclipse Tanning Mousse (Medium) It’s best to apply this after a shower. Simply pat yourself dry then apply!
- If the traditional self-tanner isn’t your cup of tea, don’t fret, a gradual tanner is another option for you. Glow Gradual Tanning Moisturiser is a wonderful alternative and is easy to use for those who may be new to self tanning.
To get the best coverage it’s also essential to use a tanning mitt or glove. Similarly to using a makeup brush when applying foundation, it will ensure your tan is applied evenly and smoothly. Rinse off your tan thoroughly once it has set for the suggested amount of time. If any tanning bronzer is left on your skin, it could end up looking streaky or patchy.
Pro Tip! Work through the larger portions of your body first when applying, then use the remaining product on smaller spots such as your ankles, elbows, knees and face with care. This will avoid any darkness building up in those areas and will match the rest of your body’s tan.
4. A Handy Tip:
We’ve all suffered from a severe case of Oompa Loompa hands before. Those orange fingers can really detract from a good tan and can earn you a few snide comments from people you know.
Here’s a little trick to give your hands a more natural look when tanning; mix together body cream and your self-tanner together when applying them. Not only will this prevent that orange hue from showing up, but it will also moisturise your skin in the process!
Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly after applying. This will prevent your tan from setting further into your hands and mismatching their colour to the rest of your body.
5. Get Your Glow On:
A great way to make your tan pop even more after applying is to use shimmer sticks and highlighters.
There are some great body shimmers on the market that pair really well with self tanner, simply applying some on your legs, shoulders and chest can make such a huge difference!
This can also work as a subtle contour, applying highlight to your legs will give the effect that they are more elongated, if that’s the desired look you want to achieve.
6. Stay Hydrated:
This one is pretty self-explanatory but is nonetheless one of the most important tips on this list.
Keep your water intake up throughout the course of your tan and moisturise daily. Aside from this being really beneficial for your body, it will keep your tan looking fresh and healthy.
Hydration is a key step in self-tanning maintenance.
7. I’d Like To Keep It On Please:
For those who want to hold onto your glow just that little bit longer, a tan extender will be your new best friend.
Luckily, gradual tanners can also serve the dual purpose of building up coverage and prolonging the lifespan of your tan! So there’s no need to stock up on excess products.
It’s best to use a tan extender or tanning moisturiser every other day so that it yields the best results and has your skin looking and smelling amazing.
8. Finding Your Shade:
A good colour match is vital when looking for a sunless tanning product.
It’s a good idea to do a small patch test on your hand or your arm first before applying to your entire body, just to see how the colour responds to your skin tone.
Those of you with fairer skin might want to lean more towards a light to a medium toned self-tanner to achieve the most natural look. Anything darker will make the tan look fake and possibly a bit harsh.
9. Matching Your Face:
There tends to be mixed reactions when it comes to using self tanner on your face. The skin on your face is a lot more sensitive than on your body and many people lean towards a product specifically catered for face tanning such as a spray or mist.
For an alternative method to using a tanning mousse, you can use a bronzing powder to add some colour to your face or purchase a separate foundation for when you’re tanned and need to match your neck and body. The Illume Tanning Mist ($38.95) from Luna Bronze is an option we encourage for this because it acts as both a setting spray for your makeup and a tanning spray to even out your complexion.
Pro Tip! If you are someone who tans your face, it’s always a good idea to moisturise your hairline, as it will stop your tan from building up in that area and creating a harsh, patchy look.
10. Exfoliate (Again):
Exfoliating is the best way to bookend your tanning journey.
Begin exfoliating as soon as your tan starts to fade, but not before. The duration of your tan should be focused on maintenance and hydration, but as soon as any signs of flakiness or fade start to appear, that’s when you should start scrubbing.
This will allow your tan to come off gently and will keep your skin healthy for the next application.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful, and are now well on your way to get that perfect sunless tan.
For more info on how to get the most out of your tanning experience and to see what other amazing products Luna Bronze has to offer, check out lunabronzetanning.com for more.