Self SunlessTanning Application Do’s and Dont’s For Men and Women With All Skin Types

April 24, 2009

Tanning Application Do’s and Dont’s For Men and Women With All Skin Types

Before you start the fake tanning application process, find a self tanning cream or mousse that works best for you – try it on a part of your body no one will see, so that you can see how the colour comes up. Once you have chosen one to use on your whole body, make sure you exfoliate before you begin, using a loofah or some kind of body scrub. This will make the colour go on much smoother and more naturally. Dry your skin thoroughly afterwards and decide where you are going to apply the tanner. You might want to prep by applying some moisturiser to areas where the skin is a bit tougher than the rest of your body, like knees and elbows. This skin can look funny when tanning cream is applied so the moisturiser should give you a more even look.

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– Exfoliate Entire Body First concentrating on ankles, toes, fingers, elbows & knees

– Dry off completely

– Apply a small amount of product to avoid streaking. (Better to reapply than to over apply)

– After applying to the sensitive areas (ankles, toes, fingers etc…), lightly brush over with a towel to remove excess product.

– For the face, use a self tanner that is made for the face (Face products tend to have a lighter texture than ones for the body)

– Wear loose, dark clothing afterwards

*In case you mess up, have a tint remover for hair accessible, they work well for quick removal

*If tanning for a certain event (ie. wedding, vacation, etc.), plan your tanning schedule backwards from that date to be sure your sun-kissed look will be perfected in time!

– Don’t wait for the day before a big event to try self tanning. Each person reacts differently and turns a different color

– Avoid exfoliating with scrubs that contain essential oils. They might leave a film on your skin.

– Don’t mix lotion with your self-tanner

– Don’t forget your ears

– Don’t exfoliate for 1 week after applying

– Don’t workout the day of application

– Don’t shower 6-8 hours after applying

Self Tan Application

1. Immediately apply the Self Tanner to large smooth areas of the body or face.

2. Stay away from joints, crevices and folds which need to be applied with the triangle sponge.

3. Wash you hands with soap, water and the exfoliating product.

4. Apply small amounts of the Self Tanner to the thinner end of the triangle sponge.

5. Lightly feather the Self Tanner to your joints, crevices and folds of the skin feathering lightly onto the smoother areas.

6. Face: Use the triangle sponge to feather up to the lower eyelash line, down to the upper eye socket, hairline, eyebrows, and sides of nose, corners of the mouth and under the jaw line.

*It is better to apply less self tanner than to heavy of an application that may take days to lighten.


1. Wait 3-4 hours for the color to develop

2. Keep applying until the desired color is achieved waiting 3-4 hours between each application

3. Best to do procedure at night or on a day with no outside activities that may interfere with the color development or application schedule.

Touch ups: The body is usually done every 3-4 days; face may be touched up daily depending on desired color. If using a glycolic, AHA or retinoid product you will need to touch up more often due to the exfoliation process from these ingredients.

Avoid: Self Tanner coming in contact with clothing, carpets, fabrics, and man made materials i.e. plastic during application or immediately afterward. Avoid getting into eyes discontinue if irritation or rash appear.

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