14 Steps to Apply a Self-Tanner or Self-Tanning Lotion Properly

Self-tanning is a safe and effective alternative to natural tanning. There are lots of self-tanners available in the market from which you can choose the most suitable one for you. But proper application of these self-tanning products can be a bit tricky.  Let us help you out by breaking down the entire method into 14 easy steps:

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1. Get Ready

Well, the whole affair of applying self-tanning lotion is a bit time consuming. Hence, make sure that you have at least 2-3 hours in your hand. If you expect to finish the task by 45 to60 minutes, you are absolutely wrong. Rather, take your time and get ready for it.

2. Exfoliate Skin

Choose a granular scrub that can exfoliate your skin gently. Getting rid of the uppermost dead cell layer will help you get an even tan throughout your body.

3. Shave Properly

A silky soft skin makes the process of self-tanning much easy. So, get rid of those unwanted hair prior to applying the lotion.

4. Have a Bath

It is important to take a bath right before going through a self-tanning procedure. However, you should use plain or lukewarm water for this purpose instead of too hot or too cold ones.

5. Apply Moisturizer

A dry skin can lead to ugly splotches on your skin after the application of the self-tanning lotion. Therefore, it is recommended that you apply a tan moisturizer, especially on the ‘trouble areas’ like elbows, knees, feet, etc.

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6. Dry the Skin Off

The moisturizer will make your skin softer to facilitate the tanning. But you need to dry your skin off completely before starting the actual task. So, wait for some time so that the moisturizer gets absorbed by your skin totally.

7. Protect Hairline and Brows

Some self-tanners can stain the hair strands badly. Therefore, you should apply a bit of chapstick or petroleum jelly to your eye brows as well as the hairline before starting the process.

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8. Put On Latex Gloves

Always wear a pair of latex gloves so that your palms do not get colored. If you are skipping this step, make sure that you do not rub the tanning lotion on your skin for long time.

9. Apply Uniformly

A uniform application of the tanner is highly necessary for getting a smooth, even tan. For this, you must rub the lotion gently with your fingers in circular motions.

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10. Apply on Face, Neck and Ears

Start with applying the tanner on your face. It is the easiest part of the task. Then, follow by the neck and the ears. If you wish, you can make use of a Q-Tip and a small cotton ball for this purpose.

11. Apply on Your Back

Next comes your backside, which needs to be covered by the self-tanning lotion quite carefully. If applying the lotion onto your back becomes tough for you, opt for a spray one for this purpose.

12. Apply on Arms and Feet

Finally, apply the self-tanning lotion to your arms and feet. However, it is recommended that you leave the areas like underarms, heels, toes and edges of feet as these do not get tanned usually.

13. Tone Down Darker Areas

Now, make use of an alcohol-based toner and wipe off the splotches developed on your skin throughout the process. It will lighten the darker areas and give a smooth finish.

14. Wait for the Final Look

Wait for at least 60 minutes before putting on clothes. Also, you should not bath or use any skin care product for minimum 8 hours.

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