How To Get The PERFECT Self Tan Every Time
Self-tanner gives us the best of both worlds: a gorgeous glow minus the sun damage. However, getting the perfect self tan doesn’t come easy. And trust me- there IS a right way and a (very, very) wrong way to do self tanning. That’s why I created this easy, go-to guide for you!
This is probably why so many people stay away from it all together! I can assure you when done correctly, self-tanning can create a gorgeous, even-toned glow!
Allow us to go through all the best steps and products to get you glowing to the GODS y’all!
Best Products For The Perfect Self Tan
When I said there was a right way and a wrong way to get the perfect tan, I meant it. As much as I wish you could achieve the perfect tan from your Jergen’s lotion, you probably can’t.
Or, maybe you can and you’re a miracle worker! These are the products I use to get the most amazing tan not just once, but every single time. Consistency is key here, folks!
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Pre-Self Tan Must-Haves
First, you for sure need a good body exfoliator and tanning mitt. These are absolute non-negotiables.
Self Tan Eraser For Your Previous Tan
This self-tan eraser makes taking off your old tan super easy and is a key factor in how your next tan turns out.
If you are going to work from a previous self-tan, you definitely want to start by getting rid of allllll that old tanner.
This Himalayan Body Scrub is an absolute beauty must-have with or without self-tanner. If you don’t already incorporate one into your routine, let me tell you: you need it.
You can get a pack of two cheaper than buying one, and you’ll use a lot when exfoliating your whole body! I really can’t recommend this product enough.
This OLAY Body Lotion has been my ride or die body lotion for literal years. It is ABSOLUTELY worth buying in a pack of two.
Even if you don’t go with this specific body lotion, you definitely need to incorporate a body lotion that focuses on hydration and not scent (and by that I mean, skip the bath and body works lotion you’ve had under your sink since Christmas 3 years ago).
Self Tan Supplies
This part is super short: get a tanning mitt. Here’s the one I use:
Best Self Tanners
So, without a doubt, my favorite self-tanner of all time is Bondi Sands (and I’m not even sponsored, for real). I have a full cabinet of basically every self-tanner they offer. Here are my favorites:
This Self Tanning Foam in Dark is perfect if you have some time before you need to be a tanned goddess. I usually apply this tanner before bed or wear it for at least 8 hours before washing it off. It’s gorgeous!
This Self Tanning Foam in Ultra Dark is one step up from above and perfect for those who may already have some base color or pigment!
Now, if you just got an invite to a ~hot~ date a few hours ago, this is the tanner for you! This 1-hour express tan gives you a gorgeous glow after only 1 hour of wear!
Of course, if you have the time, I think the full 8 hours always gives the best results. But hey- sometimes you gotta work with what you’ve got, and that’s what this tanner was made for!
How To Get A Perfect Self Tan
Now let’s get into the steps! Here’s how it’s going to go:
1. Wash your body
2. Erase your old self-tan
3. Body scrub EVERYWHERE! This is especially important around your wrists, ankles, and knees
4. After your shower, put your body lotion on first making sure your knees, wrists, and ankles are extra hydrated
5. Wait 15-20 minutes so your body has time to absorb the lotion and cool off from the shower
6. Only work with one pump of product at a time! This is SUPER important!
7. Pump one pump of the tanning foam and work it into a section of your body until it’s fully blended before moving onto a second area
8. Leave on for the instructed amount of time
9. When you shower off your tan, use only your hands to gently wash your body. Using a loofah or washcloth will cause the tan to become splotchy!
10. During the entire duration of the tan, use body lotion after each shower to keep the tan healthy and even
And there you go, folks! Leave me a comment letting me know what is ESSENTIAL in your tan routine or your favorite tanning products!
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