Self-Tan 101

Getting ready!

1) Shave and exfoliate 24 hours before applying product. Remove all body lotions, make-up and deodorant immediately prior to apply your tan.

Do I really need to exfoliate?

Using an exfoliator will prepare your skin by removing dead skin cells before applying self-tan. It will also to help your tan fade evenly.

What kind of exfoliators should I use?

Exfoliators that contain oils may stay on the skin and prevent your tan from developing properly. We find that the best exfoliators contain AHAs like those on our pre-tan page (link to

What about shaving/waxing/facials?

If you need to shave or wax, do so about 24 hours, (48 hours for wax) before tanning. If you are having a facial then do this 4 days before applying any self-tan. This will give your skin time to settle down and also allow your pores to close up.

What I have open-pores?

Open pores can cause self-tan to be trapped in your skin. As an added precaution (or if you have especially large pores), you can run an icecube over your skin to close your pores.

Why is my tan patchy?

The most common cause of a patchy tan is dry skin, so it’s crucial to keep problem areas moisturised (wrists and hands, elbows, knees, ankles and feet).

Getting tanned

2) Protect your hands by slipping on some mitts and apply your tan over your body in stages, making sure you are covered all over.

How should I start?

Start from the face to the neck and shoulders and work your way down being careful not to miss any areas leaving the hands and feet till the last. Finish by working the product from the arms to the hands and legs to the feet using excess product. Don’t worry if you go over the same area twice!

What about my face?

When applying self-tan to your face, we recommend using your fingertips for better control. Do not worry about getting your hands dirty here, Our Tan Remover– which you can use for up to four hours after tanning – removes any unwanted tan.

How do I prevent parts of my face from being tanned?

Rub some moisturiser on your eyebrows and hairline to stop the product from seeping into these areas.

Maintaining your tan

3) Wear loose, dark clothing after you have applied your tan. If possible, leave 6 – 8 hours to allow your tan to develop fully. For a richer, deeper tan, reapply on successive days after your initial tan has set.

4) For optimum skin-tone, exfoliate your skin after three days – this will ensure even fading and prepare your skin for re-application.

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