Self-tanning has become a popular trend in recent years, as people are looking for a safer alternative to tanning beds or sunbathing. Self-tanning allows you to achieve a sun-kissed glow without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. However, for beginners, it can be challenging to achieve a flawless tan without looking orange or streaky. In this blog, we'll share some self-tanning tips for beginners that will help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking tan.
Top Tips for a Flawless Tan
Prep Your Skin
Before you start self-tanning, you need to prep your skin. Start by exfoliating your skin to remove any dead skin cells, which can cause your tan to appear uneven. Use a body scrub or exfoliating gloves to gently buff your skin. Be sure to pay extra attention to rough areas like your elbows, knees, and ankles. We recommend using our tan remover and primer to prep and prime the skin, creating a blank canvas ready for the next He-Shi tanning application. Formulated with Fruit Enzymes, this AHA tan remover effectively removes old tan and dead skin in just 5 minutes without scrubbing the skin.
After exfoliating, moisturize your skin to ensure that it's hydrated and smooth. Avoid using oil-based moisturizers or products containing perfume, as they can interfere with the self-tanning process.
Choose the Right Self-Tanner
There are various types of self-tanners available, including lotions, mousses, liquids or professional spray tans. Choose the product that works best for you, depending on your skin type and desired outcome. For beginners, we recommend starting with a gradual tanning lotion or a self-tanning mousse. These products allow you to build your tan gradually and give you more control over the final result.
Apply the Self-Tanner
When applying your he-shi self-tanner, start by using a tanning mitt to avoid staining your hands. Begin with a small amount of product and work in sections, blending the product in circular motions. Be sure to apply the self-tanner evenly and avoid applying too much product in one area. Pay attention to areas like your elbows, knees, and ankles, as they tend to absorb more product and can appear darker than the rest of your body. Use a small amount of product in these areas and blend thoroughly.
Let the Self-Tanner Develop
Once you've applied the self-tanner, allow it to develop for the recommended time on the product label. Most self-tanners take 4-6 hours to develop fully, so avoid showering or sweating during this time. If you're using a gradual tanning lotion, you can apply it every day until you achieve your desired tan.
Maintain Your Tan
To maintain your tan, moisturize your skin regularly, and avoid exfoliating or using products that contain alcohol. Chlorine can also cause your tan to fade, so avoid swimming in chlorinated pools. When your tan begins to fade, use a gentle exfoliator to remove any remaining product and start the process again. You can also use a product like the Day to Day Gradual tan to maintain and top up your tan between applications.
Self-tanning can be a daunting task for beginners, but with the right products and techniques, it's easy to achieve a natural-looking tan. Remember to prep your skin, choose the right self-tanner, apply it evenly, let it develop, and maintain your tan. With these self-tanning tips, you'll be able to enjoy a beautiful, healthy glow all year round!