Self tanner is one of those things you need to get just right. Otherwise, it can turn out sloppy, unflattering and just plain awful.
Unfortunately, too many of us make some big faux-pas when it comes to applying self tanner. So if you’re a fan of fake tans, below are some of the most common self tanner mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Using Your Bare Hands
One of the best ways to give away your fake tan is by using your bare hands during application. Not only will this method stain the palms of your hands, but it will also leave you with uneven patches of tanner.
Instead, opt for soft velour towels or tanning mitts to apply the tanner.
2. Skipping Out On Hydration
Daily moisturizing is an important part of a flawless faux tan. It’s also the way to keep it around for as long as possible. So, if you’re not consistently moisturizing, take this as a sign to start ASAP.
3. Exfoliating Or Shaving Right Before
We do not recommend shaving or exfoliating right before a self tan. This is because razors and exfoliators leave a fine film over your skin. This can cause the tan to turn out streaky.
Alternatively, exfoliate and shave a day or two before self-tanning.
4. Exfoliating Or Shaving Right After
Just like you shouldn’t exfoliate or shave right before a self tan, you also shouldn’t do so right after. This is because you run the risk of rubbing and shaving the tan off.
To make sure you don’t remove all of your hard work, wait about eight hours before exfoliating or shaving.
5. Applying Too Much
You don’t want to overdo it when applying self tanner. Remember, you can always go back and add more, but it’s more difficult to rid of a tan-gone-wrong.
This is also true for focus areas that aren’t naturally exposed to sunlight, such as your palms or inner arms.
To combat this, apply the self tanner slowly and gradually. See how you like it, and if you want to add more, then go for it.
6. Rushing Into Clothes
Don’t rush into your clothes right after a self tan. If you do so, you will most likely stain your clothes and rub off some of the color.
Instead, wait about 10 minutes after your application. Once the time is up, check all areas to make sure you’re fully dry.