5 Steps To A Perfect Self Tanning Session
There’s no doubt about it: having a great tan makes you feel like a million bucks. On those days where you’re feeling a bit ‘bleh’, a glow-up can be just the thing you need to shake yourself out of it. Maybe it’s because it makes us feel like we’re on a tropical vacay!
That said, DIYing your tan can sometimes be a bit of a mission. As much as we wish we could just snap our fingers and get bronzed, the perfect tan requires time, preparation and contortion into awkward positions. If you don’t prepare properly or use the right products, you can find yourself with a blotchy, scaly tan or rocking an unsightly shade of neon orange.
The good news is, our range of natural tanning products are practically foolproof! They make it quick and easy to get a perfectly even, natural-looking tan Every. Single. Time. Read on for our 5 steps to a perfect tanning session.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
Okay, so exfoliating before you tan is self-tanning 101. It’s the most important step to ensure your tan turns out perfectly even and streak-free. And yet, so many forget of us forget to do it, or leave it until the day we tan! This is a serious no-no. It’s important to exfoliate at least 24 hours before you tan, as doing it the day of can prevent the solution sticking to the skin. It’s a great idea to get an exfoliating glove like our Exfoliating Mitt as this ensures you can really give yourself a good scrub and remove any tan-build up or dead skin cells. You should also avoid wearing moisturiser or shaving or waxing right before your tan.
Get your glove on
Orange hands are the tell-tale sign of fake tan! To avoid giving your secret away, pop on a good quality pair of gloves like our Bronzing Mitt Self Tan Applicator. Not only does it protect your hands and fingernails from stains, but it can also help you spread the product for a streak-free application. Made out of microfibre, it also has a waterproof barrier to ensure nothing gets between you and your flawless tan.
Choose the right product
With such a huge array of tanning products on the market these days, it’s important to pick the right one for your individual needs. Our Velocity Express Tan is perfect for girls in a hurry who want a fuss-free tan. Made with all natural ingredients in an instant drying formula, it guarantees a flawless, streak-free tan in as little as 1 hour. It’s also super customisable, as you can leave it on for one hour for a light tan, two hours for medium and three hours + for a rich, very dark tan.
However, if you’re brand new to tanning and just want to dip your toe in the water, you may want to try our Bronzing Custard. This gradual tanner is virtually impossible to stuff up and you can continue to build it up until you reach the perfect, natural-looking tan. For true tanning obsessives, you may want to consider investing in a spray gun and spray tan solution for a salon-quality tan at home.
Mistake-proof your tan
Even the most seasoned tanners make mistakes sometimes. It happens! By having a high quality tan removal mousse like our Tan Eraser at the ready, you can quickly remedy any tanning mishaps. You can also use it to effortlessly remove any old fake tan without scrubbing, to prepare your skin for your next tanning session!
Top it up
Who says your tan has to be temporary? With our tan extending products, you can rock a gorgeous bronze all-year round! Our Bronzing Custard doubles as an extender you can apply every second day to boost your tan. You can also use it a daily face moisturiser to give you a healthy-looking glow.
Our Glow+ Self Tan Drops can also be mixed into your serum, oil or face or body moisturiser to extend your tan Our bespoke Melanotone™ formula contains babchi oil for enhanced melanin production, guarana for baby soft skin and fruit enzymes, Australian quandong and kakadu plum for a bright complexion.
Ready to get your glow on? You can shop our entire range of natural tanning products here.