1. Wax any areas where you don’t want hair at least one hour before starting the application.
For women, this can mean the legs, underarms, and bikini area. For guys, this can be the face and chest.
2. Exfoliate the skin before applying it. You should choose a good exfoliating cream for your skin.
It’s fine to do it the day before, but you’ll get the best results by removing dead skin cells about an hour or two before applying.
There are a ton of body scrubs and exfoliation products that you can use for this step.
Obviously, you’ll want to do this in the shower or bathtub. Your chosen product will work best on clean, fresh skin.
3. Make sure your skin is dry after shaving and exfoliation. You must also remove all moisture from the air . Water is the enemy of self-tanning products for the first hour or two after application!
4. Apply some Vaseline to your eyebrows before you start. This will prevent the suntan lotion from changing your color.
It’s not the end of the world if it happens to you, but if you put these products on your brows repeatedly, they might start to change color.
5. Another beauty tip: A note about applying moisturizer before applying self-tanner.
We’re not big fans of applying moisturizer to our skin beforehand, but we know a lot of people who are.
It really comes down to a personal decision and what works best for YOUR skin. Try it both ways and go with what suits you best!
6. Wear the gloves and start applying the product so that it is first on the face. Simply use a light layer and try to make short, circular movements. Be sure to use it on your ears, behind your ears, and on your neck (basically every area you can see).
7. Then apply the product on the legs and feet. Be careful when applying it to the feet – use a very small amount and make sure to mix it well.
8. Next apply your tanning product to your stomach, chest, shoulders and arms. Again, be careful with your hands.
Most people just put some on top and avoid the palms altogether.
9. Finally, apply the product to the back using a strap, wand, or brush. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s simple once you get the hang of it.
10. Once you’ve applied the self-tanner to all of your exposed skin, take a tissue and gently wipe your wrists, tops of your feet, elbows, and knees.
We’re not cleaning it up, we’re just removing some color from the areas that might get a little weird with the self-tanner. Trust us, this trick will do wonders…
11. Then wash your hands well, especially if you didn’t wear gloves. I can’t stress this enough. Your hands will be fine at that point, and after 4 hours they will be all dark. Wash them several times to be safe!
12. Use a hair dryer if you have one and dry all the areas where you have applied the self-tanner. Just a few seconds in each area will be enough to speed up the drying process.