How to Apply Self-Tanner Like a Pro

There's something undeniably attractive about sun-kissed skin. Healthy glowing skin makes every outfit and accessory "pop".

But what happens when you don't have time to get a tan or live somewhere the sun doesn't shine all year long?

Introducing: self-tanner!

Not only is self-tanner a healthier way to achieve gorgeous tanned skin but, when done right, it delivers that perfect, sun-kissed look every time.

With this guide, you can say goodbye to orange, streaky tans and say hello to beautiful, glowing skin!

Types of Self-Tanner

From sprays and mists to lotions and oils, there are several types of self-tanners to choose from.

Each product has its own pros and cons. Ultimately, it's about personal preference, but here's a short breakdown of the different types of self-tanning products.

Instant Tan

Instant tanning products are applied using a mitt and circular motions to prevent streaks. Some are left on to achieve tanned skin within a few hours while others are applied and then the excess is rinsed off.

The latter gives you more control over the final color.

Gradual Tan

Gradual tanning products are applied over an extended period of time, gradually tinting your skin more and more with every application.

Some people prefer this method since there's less pressure to get it right the first time. Gradual tanners come in several types including moisturizers, body washes, lotions, and more.

Tanning Mists

Tanning mists offer a larger margin of error when it comes to application. That's because they deliver a less concentrated dose with every spray and cover a larger area more evenly.

Self-tanning spray is easy to apply since you basically aim, point, and spray until you achieve the desired skin tone.

Tanning mists that double as tanning oils are applied and then followed with a few minutes of sun-worship. For some users, this defeats the purpose of using self-tanner to avoid harmful UV rays.

How to Apply Self-Tanner

Different self-tanners require different techniques for applying, however, there are a few rules to live by when it comes to achieving that artificial, yet gorgeous, sun-kissed glow.

  1. Exfoliate your skin before applying. This helps your skin better absorb the product.
  2. Never apply self-tanner to wet skin.
  3. Apply to individual sections (arms, legs, torso) before moving on to the next. (Pro tip: Wash your hands between each section to avoid orange palms.)
  4. Use small, circular motions for an even application.
  5. Blend the self-tanner at your ankles and wrists for a more natural look.
  6. Dilute the product near your knees, elbows, and ankles. These areas tend to absorb the tanner more quickly. Dilute the product by using a damp towel or moisturizing lotion.
  7. Let your skin dry after for at least 15-minutes before getting dressed. Avoid wearing tight clothing or sweating for the next several hours.

Discover the Benefits of Self-Tanner

Every woman wants healthy, glowing skin but not every woman can (or should) spend hours in the sun.

Self-tanner is a healthy and convenient way to achieve sun-kissed skin that compliments every beautiful curve. Self-tanners have gotten a bad rap over the years for looking streaky, orange, and artificial.

But not anymore!

With these tips, you can choose the best self-tanning product for your skin type and learn to apply it like a pro.

Now it's time to shop for beautiful and trendy clothes to compliment your gorgeous glowing skin!

At A-List Boutique, we've got you covered with everything from new arrivals and sale items to exclusive offers and accessories.

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