Many people prefer to get their gear off at a beauty salon for a professional spray tan, but did you know it’s not as hard as you thought to get your tan looking pro in the comfort of your own home?
These are my 5 key steps for at home tanning…
1. Choose a product
There are many formulas you can choose from such as spray, gel, cream, and my personal favourite, mousse. Choose what works for you, but I like mousse because It’s quick drying and gives the most even, non-streaky coverage in my experience. You also want to go for a green or olive based product. A green base will give you the most natural looking colour. Steer clear of orange based colours…need I say more!
2. Groom and Exfoliate
Shaving or waxing should be done the day before you apply your tan so that your skin wont be too sensitive from the hair removal. After you’ve groomed, exfoliate your whole body using a body polish or scrub. It’s important to remove the dead skin so that the tan goes on evenly and doesn’t catch on any dry patches. Pay close attention to your ankles, knees and elbows. You should also avoid oil based body scrubs as the oil can create a barrier on the skin preventing the tan from adhering properly.
I STRONGLY I recommend using a tanning mitt. You can get one in the tanning section of most stores and it will last you through many applications! Once I started using a tanning mitt I never looked back. A mitt will protect your hand from getting covered in product and gives the most even application. I apply my tan from my legs, working up my body and finishing with my arms and then face. I use a couple pumps of mousse per body part, but you can use more or less as needed. Only use a very small amount, or just what’s left on the mitt, for your ankles, knees, elbows and hands. Once you’ve applied your tan, wait the appropriate amount of time as stated on the product before you shower and be careful in this time not to let any liquids drip on you or you might end up with drip marks. I usually like to tan before bed so I can put on some loose fitting PJ’s and sleep while it’s developing.
4. Tanning your face
There are a number of face tanners on the market, but I just use my regular body tan. I don’t add any more product for my face, I just use whatever is left over on the mitt.
5. Caring for your tan
Once you wash off your guide colour and are left with your gorgeous glowing tan, you need to then care for it. Moisturise daily using either a regular body cream or a tan extender cream. Just avoid any oil based creams or fragranced creams as the alcohol in fragrance can affect your tan.
MY FAVOURITE TAN – My favourite tanning mousse for colour, application, longevity and scent is the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in ‘Dark’ and the Bondi Sands Tanning Mitt. I purchase both at Priceline stores but they are also available online from Bondi Sands.
Do you have any tips to share?
What’s your go to tanning product?