Sailing through the world of self-tanning can be difficult, especially if you’re new to the game. Although self-tanners can be tricky products to master, applying them is the only truly safe way to get that golden tan.
In case you didn’t know, spending prolonged periods of time lounging in the sun even with protection can be dangerous for your skin. At the other end of the spectrum, it’s almost impossible for people who don’t have access to the sun to get a tan. In both of those cases, self-tanners are a great, innovative solution.
If you’ve used self-tanners before, you probably made some mistakes-- admit it. We’re here to assure you that this happens to everybody. Give it one more try. This time you’ll know these 8 mistakes and tips that will help you master it. This time might be the one.
What Is Self-Tanning?
Self-tanning is applying specialized skin solutions to give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to the sun’s UV rays. Self-tanning products can be found as lotions and creams, as well as sprays you apply directly to your skin.
The key active ingredient in most self-tanners is the color additive dihydroxyacetone (DHA). When in contact with your skin, DHA reacts with the dead cells on your skin's surface to briefly blacken the skin and mimic a tan. However, unlike real, UV tans, the dark color typically wears off after a couple of days, but if you use the right products, that can go up to a few days and even a week.
Benefits of Self-Tanning
The number one benefit is that self-tanners are gentler on your skin than the lethal UV-rays of the sun or sunbeds. It’s totally okay to have a nice sun-kissed tan every once in a while, but now there’s a safe, easier alternative.
Another benefit is that you get tanned remarkably fast. In just one hour, you can have a faux sun-kissed tan skin where it would typically take you at least 2 hours of lounging in the sun in a single position to get the desired level of shade.
It doesn’t get any better than that, right? Self-tanners are ideal for last-minute occasions. Got a kicking pool party coming up? Just get that homemade self-tan. No hassle.
Last but not least, self-tanners give you the option to choose how tanned you want to be.
8 Self-Tanning Mistakes and Tips
Now that you have an idea of how great self-tanners are, let’s learn about those mistakes and tips. If you experience a few mishaps at home and would like to get rid of the evidence, we’ll show you how to remove a self-tanner correctly.
1. You Didn’t Exfoliate Beforehand
When you're in the process of applying a self-tanner, you don’t simply slather it all over your skin. There are steps to it. The first step to getting a seamless-looking faux tan is to thoroughly exfoliate your skin first. Dead skin cells buildup on the surface of your skin can cause uneven coverage. Pay special attention to rougher sections such as your elbows and knees.
2. You Didn’t Moisturize First
Once you’ve completed the exfoliation step, applying moisturizer is the next important move. Rub on body lotion to dampen your skin, again paying close attention to dry areas.
3. You Didn’t Use a Tanning Mitt
Who wants their hands to look darker than the rest of their bodies? Nobody! If you plan on using a self-tanning spray or any of the variety for that matter, consider investing in a tanning mitt kits so that you can avoid dying your hands. Gold Mountain Beauty has the perfect exfoliating mitt kit for you.
4. You Apply Too Heavily to Certain Areas
Remember those rougher and drier areas (Elbows, knees, and ankles)? When applying your self-tanner, go easy on those areas to avoid them becoming too dark.
5. You Skipped Your Neck Didn't You?
Don’t just go for the obvious parts of your body. Make sure you extend the rub down to your neck as well. If you don’t want people to know you’ve been getting faux tans, then don’t skip your neck. When the tan on your face and neck don’t match, it’s pretty obvious you’ve used self-tanner. Don’t be that girl!
6. You Get Dressed Too Fast
We get it, you’ve got places to be, people to see, and things to do, but be patient after using your self-tanner. Give it some time to settle on your skin. That means avoid throwing on a pair of skinny jeans immediately after, go for loose, dark clothes to help prevent staining.
7. The Self-tanner You Got Was Cheap
There is a difference between a cheap self-tanner and a quality spray-tanner. If you’re looking for a great faux tan, then make sure you get the one that suits your needs. There are several different kinds of self-tanning products on the market; you just have to know how to pick em.
8. Removing Self-tanner
Great, you love your faux tan, you’ve killed it at the pool party, but it’s been a few days since you did it, and now you want to start over. It’s time to show you how to get self-tanner off. This mitt from our collection works perfectly to smoothly wipe away that old tan. Just gently rub it in circles over your wet skin to get rid of the layer of color. Just don't rub too hard!
Where to Find Natural Self-Tanning Products
We hope these tips help you master the art of self-tanning. If you were wondering where to find all of those products we talked about, Gold Mountain Beauty offers Instant Spray Self Tanner, Tan Extender, Coconut Activated Charcoal Powder, and Self Tanner Mitt Kit with Exfoliating and Face Mitt. Explore the collection today!