self tan

12 Essential Tips for Achieving a Natural-Looking Self Tan

How to self tan:

If you’re looking for the sun-kissed glow without the harmful effects of UV rays, a self tan is the way to go. Forget the days of fake-looking tans; with these tips, you can achieve a natural-looking tan that rivals the real thing. Say goodbye to streaks and orange palms and hello to a flawless, sun-kissed complexion.

1. Exfoliate for an even application:

Before applying self-tanner, use an exfoliate on your skin to remove dry and flaky patches. Regularly use a body scrub, paying extra attention to areas like knees, elbows, and ankles. Avoid oil-based products as they can create a barrier that prevents the tanning formula from being absorbed effectively. We recommend our Exfoliate & Glow Body Scrub

since it promotes collagen production and new skin cell growth.

2. Shave before applying:

If you shave, do so before applying self-tanner to ensure an even application. Shaving helps remove dead skin cells, ensuring a smooth canvas for your tan.

3. Apply to dry skin:

Make sure your skin is completely dry before applying self-tanner. If using a regular formula, wait a few minutes after showering to ensure your skin is dry. This will help achieve an even application.

4. Reapply self tan to areas that fade quickly:

Certain areas, such as hands and feet, tend to fade faster than others due to daily activities. To avoid mismatched skin tones, reapply self-tanner to these areas every few days. If you use a luxury product like our PerfectTan Caring Self-Tan Mousse, the Erythrulose in that product also reacts with amino acids in your skin, providing a longer-lasting, natural deep color and even fading.

5. Use a tanning mitt:

The secret to an airbrushed finish lies in using a tanning mitt. This tool helps buff the product seamlessly into your skin, ensuring a streak-free and natural-looking tan. It also prevents your hands from turning orange. Make sure your mitt is 100% viscose fiber. If its not, your tans might get progressively streakier. We currently off a tanning mitt as a standalone product or as part of our PerfectTan Tool Box.

6. Keep your skin moisturized:

Moisturize dry spots like knees, ankles, elbows, knuckles, and toes before applying self-tanner. This helps prevent dark blotches and ensures an even application. Consider using our kabuki brush to work in the hydration effectively.

7. Use a tan-safe moisturizer after:

After applying self-tanner, maintain your tan’s longevity by using a moisturizer specifically formulated to prolong the tan’s life. Regularly apply this moisturizer to keep your skin supple, soft, and beautifully bronzed.

8. Don’t neglect your hands and feet:

To avoid an uneven tan, remember to apply a small amount of self-tanner to the tops of your hands and feet. Use a cleansing wipe to clean any excess product from your palms, nails, or under your feet.

9. Be cautious with face application:

When applying self-tanner to your face, use a product like our PerfectTan Caring Self-Tan Face Drops. They help avoid an unnatural or overdone look and are a popular choice for achieving a natural facial tan.

10. Apply an adequate amount of self tanner:

Using too little self-tanner can result in streaks. It’s better to apply slightly more than you think you need to ensure an even and seamless tan. Aim for about one tablespoon of product at a time and blend thoroughly in a circular motion. Using a tanning mitt can help prevent streaks and keep your palms stain-free.

11. Correct mistakes with a tan eraser:

If you make a mistake during application, don’t panic. Use a taner eraser to correct any botched areas. Simply apply the eraser, leave it for five minutes, then rinse off in the shower using a washcloth or loofah.

12. Allow the self tan to dry completely:

To avoid transferring your tan onto clothing or furniture, make sure the self-tanner is completely dry before getting dressed. Double the suggested drying time provided in the product’s directions and opt for clothes you don’t mind staining. Additionally, be mindful of sitting on furniture until your tan has fully dried to prevent any unwanted marks.

By following these self-tanning tips, you can achieve a natural-looking glow that will have everyone fooled. Embrace a healthy and radiant tan without the harmful effects of the sun, and enjoy the confidence that comes with a flawless complexion.