The best way to apply self tan

Applying self tan can be a tricky business. A good self tan can be mega flattering, but it's also easy to get it wrong and end up with a streaky or teaky tan. Our guide to applying self tan should keep those bad tans at bay and leave you with a healthy glow.

How to apply self tan

Step one: Prepping

A good tan starts with a good base. Prep your skin before applying the self tan and you'll end up with a more even, longer lasting tan.

Before applying the tan, exfoliate your skin in the shower or bath. Concentrate on areas of dry skin, such as your elbows and knees. Then when you get out of the shower, moisturise your body with an easily-absorbed cream, again concentrating on dry areas like your elbows and knees.

Step two: Applying the tan

Wait at least an hour for the moisturiser to be absorbed. We recommend that you use a tanning mitt to avoid staining on your palms and nails. Apply a 50p coin size dollop to your skin and work in large circular motions with the mitt.

Start at your feet and work your way up, using large circular motions as you go. This will help to minimise the risk of missing a patch.

Apply tan only sparingly to dry areas of skin. Running the mitt lightly over the surface of the skin is usually enough.

Next apply a little extra tan to areas of the body where the sun would naturally hit - such as the shoulders and nose.

Step three: Finishing

Even if your self tan is fast drying, try to wait as long as possible before getting dressed. When you do, wear loose fitting clothes. The best time to apply self tan is late at night, so that it can dry overnight. Have a quick shower in the morning and gently rub your skin - this will wash away the excess and get rid of the give-away smell.

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