Self Tanning Tips For A Gorgeous Glow

applying self tannerSelf tanner is my secret weapon that keeps me looking golden and bronzed, even during the chilly months.

We all know there’s nothing worse than a face and body as white as snow.

Let’s leave the snow outside where it belongs and focus on inside for tips you can use while applying your favorite self tanner.

You won’t regret having a delightful, healthy glow that leaves people speechless, even if the weather outside is frightful.

Listen up for these helpful tips!

Easy Self Tanning Tips

1. Don’t Mess Up Your Prep 

It’s crucial that you don’t use any type of oil before applying your self tanner.

It’s also very important that you don’t use ANY moisturizing products beforehand either.

Both oils and moisturizers greatly interfere with self tanner.

These products get in the way of your tan and are a total no-no.

For a self tanner to work, it needs to go directly down into your skin minus any potential barriers such as moisturizers or oils.

2. Don’t Overdo It On The Blending

It can be easy to overdo it on the blending or start to hyper focus on certain areas.

Just remember that anywhere the self tanner goes is where you will eventually be tan.

Thankfully, a lot of the self tanners out now are becoming streak-free.

One of the biggest causes of streaking is because of over-blending.

When you blend too much, it makes the self tanner pull away from certain areas and cling to others, creating a splotchy look.

3. Don’t Be Heavy-Handed During Application 

Think of applying self tanner like how you would frost a cake.

Light, even pressure that glides over the skin is key.

Don’t rub the tanner into your skin.

If you do this, you’re more than likely applying too much pressure.

Don’t be heavy-handed or harsh when applying.

4. Don’t Let Your Tan Get Splotchy

Fade and patchiness are sometimes part of the game in the world of self tanner.

Some are worse offenders than others as the tan fades.

Do your tan a favor and be sure to apply moisturizer daily.

The moisturizer will help keep the tan intact and reduce cracking and splotchy patches.

5. Don’t Directly Apply Self Tanner To Hands And Feet

Hands and feet are some of the trickiest areas while applying self tanner.

Instead of directly applying tanner to these areas, work the excess product from your arms onto your hands and use the excess tanner from your legs onto your feet.

You can also mix a tiny bit of lotion in with the product and use it on your hands and feet to help give them a more natural, streak free glow.

In Conclusion…

If you want to keep a glowing tan all year, it’s important to keep these self tanning tips in mind.

Don’t use oil or moisturizers before applying, don’t over-blend the product or rub too hard, don’t let your tan get patchy, and don’t directly apply tanner onto your hands and feet.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you have the best tan possible.

No matter how many tips you use, it’s crucial to have a quality self tanner to begin with.

Check out our 10 best self tanners and find the perfect one for you!


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Emily Andrews is the Editor-In-Chief of As you can imagine, Emily loves anything and everything having to do with self tanning! She's also a big fan of shopping (duh), tiny Yorkies and football.