Everybody knows that self tanners are the safest way to get a golden glow, as anyone who’s ever experienced a #tanning fail will tell you, it’s essential to use them the right way to achieve the ultimate results. While everyone loves to flaunt tanned skin, getting the perfect tan isn’t always an easy feat.
Besides being the safest way to get a tan, self-tanners mean you don’t have to schedule an appointment, get naked in front of strangers, or risk staining your clothes and bed linens which can happen with spray tanning.
Thanks to developments in the at-home tanning world, and plenty of trial and error from tanning enthusiasts, there are now an abundance of tips and tricks to help you get a perfect tan at home, every time. If you’re looking to get a perfect tan but you’re not sure how to do it, keep reading.
Here are the five best tips for self-tanning you need to know
#1 – Skin preparation
Healthy and hydrated skin is a must for self-tanning at home. Therefore, preparing your skin is essential before tanning. Not only does proper preparation help ensure you get a dark and smooth colour, it also helps sustain it longer.
If you shave or wax, it’s wise to do it one day before the tan. You should also exfoliate your skin 24 hours prior to tanning to make sure you have eradiated as much dead skin as possible in the outer layer of your skin. Exfoliated skin helps the self-tanner stick to the skin and give you a better glow.
In the meantime, you should also keep your skin moisturised by using body lotion, especially on the driest problem areas like ankles, joints, elbows, or hands. Keep moisturising your skin until the day of the tanning session, but not on the same day.
Because lotions may act as a barrier between your skin and the tanning product (possibly leading to an uneven tan) it’s best to avoid applying lotion right before the self-tanner.
#2 – Gather proper tools
In order to achieve a perfect tan at home, you need to get the right bits and pieces. First and foremost, you need a high-grade self-tanning product that works for your skin.
There are many different types of self-tanners available today, whether it’s mousse, oil, lotion-style or serum. Choose the type of tan based on your skin type and the kind of tan you want. While lotions are easy to apply, mousse may give you a longer-lasting tan.
Besides that, get yourself a tanning mitt. Tanning mitts help to apply the product easily and evenly. They also prevent your hands from getting stained in the process. If you don’t have a tanning mitt, you can also use other alternatives of a mitt, like a rubber glove or a sock!
#3 – Apply the product generously
Plenty of people make the mistake of applying too little product because of the fear of going overboard and ending up with an unnaturally dark or orange tan. However, lack of product can often lead to a tan with patches and stripes, giving you an uneven look.
According to experts, it’s best to use a generous amount of product and make an effort to spread it evenly all over your skin. Even if you use more than required, your skin can only absorb a certain amount of the tanning agent to give you a glow. The rest will wash off. However, using too little may give you a streaky tan.
#4 – Be prepared for mistakes
It’s common to make mistakes when tanning at home. But, even if you make a mistake, there is no need to jump instantly in the shower and wash everything off. Simply keep a tissue or cleansing wipe close by to remove any excess product or clean up any areas that are not supposed to tan.
In the event that the tan has fully developed and you’d like to tidy it up or remove it, you can apply baby oil to the area and then exfoliate after 10 minutes. Hair removal cream applied on a Q-tip might also come in handy to remove unwanted tan.
#5 – After care
While most people think that the tanning process itself is the most crucial, they forget the importance of after-care. For best results, it’s really important to care for your tan afterward to maintain the colour and help it last longer. Keeping your skin hydrated by using a body lotion will prolong the tan and make sure you glow for days.
Take away message
Getting the best looking tan at home might seem tricky or even daunting for the uninitiated, but this isn’t the case if you do it properly. Following the above tricks and tips will help you get the ultimate glow at home!