Preparation is key for making your self-tan stick! It only takes a few preparation steps that can make a big difference to your natural-looking glow.
If you need to use hair removal products or shave, make sure it is 24 hours before applying your self-tanning lotion. This will stop your self-tanner from seeping into your fresh pores and also allow any irritation to settle and heal properly, creating a smooth surface for application. Shaving too close to tanning time can leave your tan looking speckly.
Exfoliating ensures you remove all the dead and flaky skin that may cause your tan to look uneven and patchy, and will only dull your glow. Exfoliate with our Body Exfoliator or Dry Body Brush to ensure a smooth and even canvas for your tan to work on. Like hair removal, this is best done 24hrs prior to self- tanning, however if you’re strapped for time at least wait a few hours after exfoliating and having a shower for your skin to completely dry.
Prevent Color Grabbing
You don’t need to apply any oils or lotions after your shower in preparation for your tanning application. You want to apply your tanning lotion to clean skin. Moisturising your entire body can cause your tan to have streaks or uneven blotches. However, on thicker, drier areas such as elbows, knees, ankles, the palms of the hands, knuckles and soles of the feet you should apply a light layer of moisturiser to ensure even absorption and no harsh lines.
Now that you’ve done all that preparation it’s time to apply your tan. We suggest you set yourself up with a full length mirror and some good lighting to make sure you can see where you’re applying and that it’s applied evenly.
If you’re using your hands to apply the tanning lotion make sure you wash your hands afterwards to ensure you don’t end up with hands that are a few shades darker than the rest of your body. Otherwise, try sourcing an eco-friendly mitt for a streak-free finish.
Always start with a small amount and thin layers and then build accordingly. Sweeping, blending motions work better than circular motions.
For those tricky spots like your feet and hands try and use the left over lotion from your application as they should be the last spots to tan. You could also use an old makeup brush to help blend in those tricky spots.
Adding Color to Your Face
You can add a little bit of our Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion to your face moisturizer to leave you with the right amount of coverage that you can go foundation free and match to your body application.
Allow your tan to fully dry before getting dressed. Make sure you’ve got some loose clothing handy if you need to cover up while you’re waiting. If you’re in a hurry and left your tanning to the last minute, pop your hairdryer on cool to try and speed up the drying time.
Follow these steps, put in the preparation and care with your application and you’ll see the results. You’ll have a glowing tan in no time.
KORA Organics Team xx