I am not surprised at all that the blog I did last week on self tanning was one of the most popular that I have ever published. So many of my friends are afraid of self tanning and for good reason. When it goes wrong it goes SO very wrong. Fear not, there are simple ways to prepare and great products to try.
WARNING - the FakeBake product I am recommending below is a very serious stain because it really works on the skin, please use gloves, no kidding.
Flawless Self-tanning: Step-by-step Guide and Our Pick for the Perfect Bronze Glow
Since winter is officially behind us, it’s time to get your skin ready to nail all those tank tops and sun dresses. Achieving a flawless faux glow at home can be challenging if you’re not sure about which self-tanning formula to use and how to use it. But we’ve got you covered with choosing the best product and a step-by-step guide for getting a seamless, sun-kissed skin from head to toe.
Step 1: Scrub and Smooth
A proper self-tanning starts with a clean, well-exfoliated skin because the product can sink into dry and rough skin, leaving unnatural dark or orange patches. Always prepare your skin by sloughing away the dead skin buildup if you want an even and long-lasting tan. Spend a little more time exfoliating drier, thicker area like knees, elbows, and ankles. Dry your skin thoroughly after exfoliation and apply an oil-free moisturizer, focusing on your dry spots. It’s also important to get your waxing, shaving, and manicure at least 24 hours before the treatment as they can remove the self-tanner. A smooth and clear canvas will help to prevent patchiness.
Step 2: Choose Your Formula
The next step is choosing your tanning product. It can be confusing with so many formulas available on the market. Fret not! Here’s our pick to help you get the perfect faux glow.
Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face & BodyHere’s why it should be your go-to tanning product:
Step 3: Application
Now that you have picked a perfect tanning product, the next step is to make sure the application goes smoothly. Apply the product in sections, starting at your legs, then torso, arms, followed by your face (save hands and feet for last). Dispense enough product and massage smoothly into your skin in circular motions. To ensure even application and prevent stained palms, it is essential to use tanning mitts, like:
Golden Star Beauty Self-Tanning Mitt Kit
This exfoliating and tanning kit includes:
The last step while applying your self-tanner is to give your skin time to dry for at least ten minutes or stand in front of a fan, slowly rotating for five minutes. That's how long color takes to set. Wear loose clothing and avoid sweating for the next three hours, and you’re good to glow.
Step 4: Maintain It
Now that you’ve got yourself bronzed, the trick is keeping it even and long-lasting. Apply a light tanning lotion every few days to reinforce your tan and prevent it from fading too quickly. Use a moisturizer every day after showering and pat your skin dry with a towel after bathing to prevent rubbing off your tan. Keep exfoliating lightly every few days to keep the tan fade evenly.