The One Thing You Should Never Do When Applying Self Tanner

May 31, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

What’s not to love about self tanner? A beautiful bronze glow sans harmful UVA and UVB rays? Sign us up! But as anyone who has ever emerged from their bathroom with streaky orange skin knows all too well, self tanning products can be tricky to use.

Luckily, the more often you apply self tanner, the better your application skills become. But here’s the golden rule when it comes to self tanner–don’t use your fingers! Not only does a self-tanning mitt prevent awful orange palms, but it also ensures more even (i.e. not streaky) coverage.

Once you’ve invested in a trusty mitt, it’s important to remember that self tanning success actually begins in the shower–a few hours before you apply your bronzing product. If you self tan without exfoliating your skin, shaving and moisturizing beforehand, you leave the door wide open for your product to stick in all the wrong places and to look blotchy and uneven. Grab a moisturizing body scrub like Bella Schneider Beauty Pot of Gold Scrub, gently exfoliate your entire body and shave. Shaving right after using self tanner will wreak havoc on your glow. After your shower, moisturize your body with lotion and be sure to pay close attention to notoriously dry areas like your elbows, knees, feet and wrists.

The next important rule of thumb women usually forget? Wait! Be patient while your skin absorbs the moisture from your lotion and make sure your skin is dry before you apply your first application of self tanner. And, yes, first application–because layering your color (and waiting at least 15 minutes between layers) is key to achieving the hue for you.

For more beauty news and tips, check out 8 beauty trends that are going to be huge this summer and the 7 best drugstore self tanners.

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Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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