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7 Things to Avoid When Applying Self-Tanner

Have you fallen in love with self-tanner? Many people have, too. It’s a great way to give your skin a glamorous glow, make you look slimmer and radiant and even turn up the brightness of your smile, in addition to being super convenient. It’s perfect for a beautiful everyday look or a special event.

With all these praises you would think there’s nothing but great news when it comes to self-tanning, but unfortunately, when there are pros, there are also cons. Not knowing exactly how to prepare, apply, and care for your self-tan can give you a streaky look —the one that no one wants. Here are the seven deadly sins of self-tanning (stay away from these, and you’ll be fine).

1) Not Exfoliating

Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and smooths out the surface so that when the tanning solution is applied, the results are a uniform color and a beautiful tan.

2) Forgetting to Close Your Pores

After exfoliating, it is critical to close your pores with some cold water. That keeps the tanning solution from getting deep into your pores and blocking them.

3) Not Keeping an Eye on the Clock

Timing is an essential part of the self-tanning process. Depending on the product, you might need to take a shower after a certain amount of time, since the solution will continue to darken your skin. If you lose track of time, you might end up with a darker skin tone than you wanted.

Avoid When Applying Self-Tanner4) Forgetting to Moisturize Dry Skin Areas

Dry skin patches have a hard time absorbing tanning solutions. If you fail to moisturize these areas, you risk getting an uneven tan.

5) Neglecting the Use of a Mitt

A mitt is essential when you’re applying your tan. They prevent streaks and keep the palms of your hands from turning an unnatural and unflattering color.

6) Using Body Oil

Whether it is moisturizing body oil or another type of oil-based skin product, the use of any kind of oil on your skin before applying a self-tanner, will break down the solution and cause an uneven color.

7) Burning Out on the First Try

The first time you try anything you are most likely not going to do it correctly. It’s perfectly reasonable and doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it a second time. On the contrary, you should! That’s how you get to master anything.


Now that you know what to avoid to get the best self-tanning results, get yourself the best self-tanner out there! What’s your favorite self-tanner?