How do you use self-tanner?

You can't wait for those white legs in winter. Especially not if you go to a party and want to put on a nice dress. What is the solution for that? Self-tanner of course! But how do you apply self-tanner without it staining or turning orange? These are of course the real no-go's when it comes to self tanning. It's actually not that difficult at all to apply self-tanner, I'm going to explain you step by step how to do it!


To start with, it is very important that you cleanse your skin completely. It is best to just take a shower before you start tanning. If you also want to tan your face, it is really a must to remove all make-up from your face. If you don't do that or if you forget a piece, you will see that the product will not adhere well, so you will get a blotchy effect. So you can just do the cleaning as you always do, with shower gel and make-up remover.


If you are going to use self-tanner, you naturally want it to last as long as possible. To ensure this, it is important that there are no more dead skin cells on your body. You can remove these by scrubbing! You can do this with an in-shower scrub, such as a shower gel with a scrub in it. You can also use a regular body scrub.


When your skin is completely clean and exfoliated, there is one more step that needs to be performed before you can start the self tanning. That is moisturizing , or hydrating the skin. This is done because self-tanners don't pack as well on dry skin. You can start moisturizing your body days before you start applying the self-tanner. Only do this on the really dry places, for example your knees, ankles, elbows and wrists/hands.

The most important thing is that you apply moisturizer right before you start tanning. Just do this with a body lotion that suits your skin type. Let the cream absorb into the dry spots and then start applying the self tanner.

Apply self-tanner


Applying the self tanner is of course the hardest part. To make it easier, use the tool that suits you! You can of course simply apply the product with your hands, that can only ensure that the bottom of your hands also colors and that is of course not the intention. To prevent this, you should always wash your hands in between, which is not convenient.

It is therefore better to use a tanning mit . This is a glove with which you can apply the self-tanner. These are made of a special fabric that makes the self-tanner easy and even to apply! You can also simply apply plastic gloves to protect your hands.

Once you've chosen one of the tools, it's time to apply the self-tanner! You do this by taking a little product and spreading it well. Do that to make it easier per body part. Spread everything well and make sure you don't miss any spots. Make circular movements to blend well. Do that all over your body.


It is best to use a special face tanner for your face, especially if you have sensitive skin. On your face, apply the product in the same way as on the rest of your body. Do you want to make it easier on yourself? then use a buffer brush for your face. By the way, use a moisturizer on your face, especially around your eyelashes and eyebrows. Make sure you also apply the product around your eyes so it doesn't look like you've been in the sun for too long with your sunglasses on!

To wait

Have you applied the self-tanner all over? Then it's time to wait. After applying the product, wait for it to fully absorb before getting dressed, about 15 minutes. If you don't, stains can form on your clothes and that would be a shame, of course. Make sure that you do not come into contact with water and do not sweat for the first 8 hours after self-tanning. It is therefore useful to do it in the evening so that it can absorb well when you are sleeping. Don't be afraid that it will stain your sheets, that won't happen after 15 minutes!

After the working-in period you can simply rinse yourself, but do this with water without soap. Also be careful with applying a new layer of self tanner; this can cause stains!

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