The key to a smooth, streak-free tan is clean exfoliated skin. In order for your self tanner to work, the skin must absorb the tanning ingredients. Dead skin absorb more product and get darker, while skin with moisturizers and other oils on it will absorb less and not tan as well. So a good body scrub and clean skin is a must!
Gloves are recommended - with a sun-tan, the palms of your hand and the bottom of your feet do not get tanned. With a self tanner - a tan will develop wherever the lotion is applied - even the palms of your hands! We always recommend you use a natural self tanner - you are using a self tanner as a safe, natural alternative to sun-tanning and tanning-beds - why replace that with a lotion containing harmful, synthetic chemicals?
Gently smooth a generous amount of product over your entire body, starting at your feet and making your way up your legs in long, even strokes. Avoid aggressively rubbing product into your skin, as this tends to make your tan uneven. Its better to over apply than under apply, because it is the areas that get missed that create the streaky look. Don't worry if you go over the same area more than once. Because your elbows and knees usually have drier skin, use less tanning lotion in those areas.
Allow to tanner to dry for allotted time indicated on the bottle before putting on clothing or lying in bed. Some products may stain fabric if lotion not allowed to dry completely. Try not to exercise or get wet for the rest of the day.
Tanned effect visible within 3-4 hours - if you have light skin, you may see the effect even sooner. Full strength is usually achieved in around 6 hours. If you want a darker tan, reapply to build up to the desired intensity.
Most tanners start to fade after 4-5 days. This duration varies based on the amount of Eurythrulose in the tanner. Once this starts to occur, reapply to maintain your tan.
You have a couple of options for self-tanning your face. You can simply mix a bit of body self-tanning lotion into your regular face moisturizer for an even glow, or you can use a tanner made for your face. Similar to the body lotion, don't rub aggressively as this leads to an uneven tan. Its also better to over apply than under apply.
A self tanner does NOT provide any UV protection from the sun. Since you are using self tanner to protect yourself from skin cancer and the early aging effects caused by the sun, a good, natural, broad spectrum sunscreen is a must! Check out our selection of safe, natural sunscreens here.