10 Tips for Applying Self-Tanner Without Streaks
ExfoliateThe first step to getting that no-lines tan is by exfoliating your whole body. Anywhere you plan to apply the tanner – exfoliate. This will slough of any dead or dry skin cells and will help create a smoother surface for you to apply the tanner on to.
ShaveYou’ll want to shave before applying the self-tanner as well. After exfoliating, shave your legs, armpits, etc. This will also create a smoother surface for the tanner to be applied to.
Let skin dry before applyingYou’re often told to apply lotions when you first hop out of the shower, but when it comes to your self-tanner – wait until you’re totally dry. Self-tanner takes time to dry as it is, so if you applied it while your skin was wet it would likely take twice as long. Reduce the time you have to stand still and wait to try by applying your self-tanner once you’re fully towelled off.
Cover any Knicks or Scratches with VaselineIf you have a tendency to cut yourself while shaving than you’re going to want to cover those knicks and scratches with vaseline before applying the self-tanning lotion. Otherwise, the lotion will seep into the cuts and sting painfully.
Apply a Moisturizer to your Dry SpotsGrab your favourite moisturizer and apply it to your dry spots. This includes your knees, elbows, ankles, and wrists. These spots typically suck up all the moisture so if you apply the tanning lotion right away to these spots they will likely turn quite dark and appear patchy.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize Your Face, tooWhen I mention moisturizing your dry spots, this also includes your face. If you tend to have a dry forehead or nose (or wherever) then apply a moisturizer to those spots before applying the tanner.
Now Apply Tanner Using a Tanning Mitt / Back MittNow it’s time to apply the tanner. Apply it in a circular motion and work upward. Apply sparingly to your feet, ankles, knees, and elbows. Use a mitt to help evenly apply your tan. The mitt will also protect your hands from turning orange!
Apply a Small Amount of Moisturizer to Knees, Ankles, Elbows (again!)Now that you’ve applied the tanning lotion, you’ll want to follow-up on those dry areas with your moisturizer again. This will help ensure you don’t have any obvious dark spots or lines.
Wash Hands ThoroughlyNothing gives away a fake tan quite like bright orange hands. After you apply the tanner, wash your hands thoroughly to remove all the lotion from your hands.
Let Dry (Raise Hands up to Avoid Blotchy Tan lines)Now it’s time to stand and wait. Raise your arms above your head to ensure your tan doesn’t become blotchy from having your arms rest of your torso.
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