If you’re anything like me (which I’m guessing you are since you found yourself here), then we have some work to do on our self tan game. Take it from the literal QUEEN of spray tan disasters (me) to outline exactly the do’s and dont’s to achieve the perfect, streak-less, glowy tan.
I’m gonna outline each and every single step for you so all your questions are answered and your skin is even toned. I promise, it’s not as hard to achieve as we may think, as long as you follow these easy steps:
- Wash your body REALLY WELL with a loofa!! *Not a washcloth (the loofa helps exfoliate).
- Take your time around your wrists, ankles, elbows, knees and feet. These places can’t be too washed, so really get in there.
- Shave (yes, everything)
- Shave again (I know you rushed the first time)
- Exfoliate (any drugstore body exfoliator will do the trick, it doesn’t have to be fancy). I use sleep aromatherapy body scrub because it does a great job at keeping my body moisturized after exfoliating. You can get it here for $16.50. (The packaging is slightly different now, but still works the same).
- Exfoliate until you don’t feel ANY of the little beads anymore
- Again, take your time exfoliating around your wrist, ankles, elbows, knees, feet and hands. The better exfoliated you are, the better your tan will be
- Get out of the shower and dry off completely
- Moisturize your ENTIRE body with whatever body lotion you use. I use the equate version of vaseline, looks like this & works really well:
- Use a decent self tanner and yes, that means this time I’m not approving your drugstore brand
- Two incredible options that are unbeatable are Loving Tan and Saint Tropez. They aren’t drugstore price, but they last forever and look phenomenal
- Here’s the one I would buy ($39.95):
- Next, you need a mitt to apply. Loving Tan sells a very good, reusable mitt. But if you want to save a little $$, I just use the Saint Tropez tanning mitt and it still works great. You get plenty uses out of it (depending on how rough you are on the mitt) and it sells here for $6.50 & it looks like this:
- I’ve also found the mitt lasts longer if you keep it in a spot that allows it to dry completely before your next use
- Put one pump on the mitt at a time and start with one limb at a time and finish it before moving on to a different body part
- Apply the mousse with gentle, circular motions that gradually get less gentle the more it dries and needs to be blended
- I ALWAYS blend a little excessively, even when the tan doesn’t look like its moving anymore
- Be cautious around the areas we took our time on before (wrists, ankles etc) because these areas will soak up more of the tan and don’t need as much. Using too much product in these areas is a ~NUMBER 1 IMPORTANT~ thing you will want to avoid
- Move on to the rest of your body, blending excessively as you go, until you’re all done
- I personally don’t tan my face. I stop at my jawline and leave a nice harsh line, but if you want to tan your face then go for it!
- Give your body a few minutes to dry before putting clothes on, and only put on loose fitting clothes. I typically just wear undies and a big tshirt
- Your body is still going to feel sticky, don’t let this stress you out! It’s totally normal
- I always tan before bed and sleep with it on and then wash it off in the morning. This way the tan has plenty of time to develop, and at the same time I don’t have to feel like a zombie trying to avoid touching everything all day
- Some people put towels down before sleeping in a self tan, although I don’t and I have never had any issues of getting self tan stains on my sheet
- AND YOU’RE A TANNED GODDESS NOW!
I hope this answered any and all questions you have about how to achieve the perfect self tan. These steps are exactly what I do every time I spray tan, and I have never had an issue with streaks or it looking blotchy. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to receive e-mail notifications for when I write a new post, and enjoy your tan!