The cookie settings on this website are set to 'allow all cookies' to give you the very best experience. Please click Accept Cookies to continue to use the site.

5 common self-tanning mistakes and how to avoid them

5 common self-tanning mistakes and how to avoid them

6th Apr 2017

Self-tanning products have improved enormously over the last few years. Gone is that horrible chemical smell and the products themselves have grown ever simpler to use. Despite this, however, many of us will make mistakes when we’re seeking that perfectly glowing, sun-kissed look. So here’s a few things to watch out for to ensure you look and feel truly radiant in 2017.

1. Only tanning visible areas


We all like to save ourselves a bit of time, but in the case of fake tan, this is a false economy. Tanning your whole body only takes a few more seconds, and you will look slimmer and feel better about your overall appearance – even if you are the only person who will ever see yourself naked.

2. Tanning dry skin



This is the number one cause of the often-mocked Oompa-Loompa effect. Applying self-tanner to dry skin can turn your skin orange very easily and that is not a look any of us want. To get a natural-looking, sun-kissed skin tone, your skin needs to have enough moisture. To get the best out of your fake tan, exfoliate and moisturise before applying your fake tan. It will make a huge difference.

3. Using too much



If you have spent the last few months curled up indoors, you will raise eyebrows if you emerge with a deep, obvious tan. Gradually building up your tanned look is a far better idea. To avoid this, test an area that won’t be on show before tanning the rest of your body.

4. Not applying enough



This one is the most common mistake of people new to self-tanning. Don’t be tempted to apply just a little. It won’t make the tan more subtle, but it is very likely to lead to streaks and blotches. You know that you’re using enough when it glides effortlessly on to your skin.

5. Washing it off

Avoid washing your hands for the six to seven hours after you first apply the self-tan. Otherwise, you may well end up with pale hands and tanned arms, which isn’t a great look. It is also a good idea to avoid sipping directly from a glass after tanning your face. A straw will help you to avoid pale areas around your mouth.