We all love getting that gorgeous tanned skin look, but getting that streak-free, natural looking finish is not always easy. Follow our tips & tricks and get your Skinny Tan going!
Prep your skin
Your skin needs to be clean and clear before tanning, since dead skin cells accumulate in the body which can generate an uneven finish. Exfoliate your skin using the Skinny Tan exfoliating mitt. Pay special attention to your back, elbows, knees and ankles, as those are the places where dead cells accumulate most often. If you are shaving, make sure you use a new razor: old ones can create micro-cuts on your skin that might get irritated when applying the self-tanner.
If you are applying a self-tanner after the shower, make sure your skin is completely dry, and avoid applying deodorant or perfume, since they can leave marks on your tan.
Prepare the tricky areas
Elbows, ankles, knees, feet and hands tend to go darker than the rest of the body. This happens because the skin is drier, so it absorbs more of the tanning agent than the rest of your body. Put a little moisturiser in these areas (Try the Skinny Tan Barrier Cream) and let dry completely before applying the self-tanner. The moisturiser will act as a barrier, and these tricky areas will be evenly tanned with the rest of your body.
Avoiding orange soles
When applying a spray tanner, it is hard to stay put in the same position for a long time. Protect your soles with some tape or step onto paper towels to avoid stepping onto residual spray tanner and getting those nasty orange soles. The same holds true for self-application at home…. No one likes orange souls (No offence Ginger’s).
Get a beautiful back tan – all by yourself
Applying self-tanner on your back is tricky, and let’s be honest, asking people to apply if for us is annoying. Use the Skinny Tan Roller to self-tan your back. Start at the centre and then move onto the sides to get a perfect back tan.
Contour yourself skinny
Contouring, strobing and other techniques have long been around to help us achieve that perfect face. But what about the rest of your body? You can contour your body by adding an additional layer of a lighter self-tanner to your already self-tanned bod. Try using the Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner on top of your favourite tanner, or if you want a deeper contouring try the Skinny Tan Ab Shader. Create a half-circle on each side of your tummy, on the inner thighs, and around the front of your biceps. You can also fake a fuller cleavage by adding some Gradual tanner on the natural curvature on top of your breast. Use a makeup wedge for easier application. Don’t forget to blur the tanner onto the rest of your skin to create a natural look. For more tips on Body Contouring check this blog by Cosmo.
Don’t let your hands give you away
To prevent you from getting tanned palms, apply the self-tanner using a tanning mitt, like Skinny Tan’s Luxury Tanning Mitt or the Skinny Tan Face application Mitt. If you prefer not to, or if you still have some product on your palms, exfoliate them before the product settles. Try the Skinny Tan Exfoliating Mitt, a dual sided weapon to help those little mistakes. You can even create your very own scrub! Our favourite is the coffee scrub: simply combine 1 cup of coconut oil, ½ cup sugar, 1/3 cup of fresh coffee grounds and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Just make sure not to spill any water on the rest of your skin while rinsing, since it might affect your tan.
No time to let it dry?
We all know how important it is to let the self-tanner absorb completely on your skin before putting on your clothes. But if you’re in a rush, the easiest way is to lightly pat some baby powder onto your elbows, armpits and back of your knees. This will prevent your skin from sweating off the tanner.
To maintain your tan as long as possible, moisturise your skin daily. And if you’re looking for that extra-gloss, apply the Skinny Tan After Glow Gloss that contains organic coconut oil, sesame seed oil and other moisturising goodies to create that Red Carpet look with no gimmicky glitter.