Avoid These Self-Tanning Fails


We all enjoy the excitement of nailing that flawless tan, but if you can't seem to achieve an evenly bronzed look, a simple error might be the culprit. Fortunately, being aware of the pitfalls to dodge when self-tanning can simplify the application of your faux tan, ensuring flawless outcomes, every time. Test our pointers for your upcoming self-tan session and achieve your best tan yet.

Forgetting To Exfoliate

Exfoliating could easily rank as the most crucial stage when applying a self-

tanner. As sunless tanners solely target the skin's surface, eliminating dead skin cells and buildup is key to prolonging your tan and achieving a smooth application. Opt for manual exfoliation by using our Coconut Exfoliating Wipes or a quality body scrub with a loofah. Ensure you exfoliate a minimum of 24 hours before applying the self-tanner. Avoid exfoliating post self-tanning to prevent color removal.

Neglecting The Razor

Getting that radiant glow involves some prep, and shaving plays a part. Just like exfoliation, shaving (or waxing) should happen at least a day before applying a sunless tanner. Also, give shaving a break for about 24 hours post-tan to keep those fresh tan cells intact.

Don’t Forget Your Face

Putting Fake Bake on your face might seem daunting. Certain products can dry out your skin, while others might cause breakouts. However, if you skip the face, you might appear a bit off. Or you could end up spending ages applying bronzer each morning!

For flawless facial tanning, opt for a self-tanner infused with skin-friendly components, like Flawless Coconut Self-Tan Serum for Face & Body. This non-greasy and airy formula is boosted Hyaluronic Acid to boost your skin while giving it that sun-kissed glow.

A Streaky Finish

Streaks can be a nightmare with sunless tanning mishaps, often due to a poorly prepped base and a messy application. To dodge the streaky look and the freaky feel, you've got to step up your prep game! Get into the routine of exfoliating, waxing, or shaving 6-24 hours before slathering on that self-tanner. 

Now, let's talk about the application process. Start on clean, dry skin – no moisturizer, deodorant, or perfume, as these can mess with your tanning formula. Use a professional mitt to apply the self-tanner in long, sweeping motions, while standing in front of a mirror. Areas like the face, ears, hands, feet, knees, and elbows, which absorb more or are trickier, require special attention and less tanner. 

Your Self-Tan Is Too…

Opting for a tan that's overly dark or too light is a frequent error when self-tanning. Though it may be tempting to maximize your tanning results, a shade that's excessively dark can leave your skin looking muddy and far from natural. To prevent this, opt for a hue that complements your natural complexion. This will give you a more realistic and flattering tan.

When it comes to choosing a self-tanner, there are several factors to consider. The first is the type of tanning product you prefer - do you want a lotion, spray, or mousse? Each has its own application process and may work better for different skin types. We will be excited to answer any questions you have about sunless tanning products!

Not Keeping Your Self-Tan Dry

A fresh faux tan requires gentle care, as exposing it to water too soon can lead to unwanted consequences. Avoid sweating, swimming, or showering immediately after applying self-tanner to prevent streaks or premature fading. Wait approximately eight hours before getting your new tan wet. After the waiting period, opt for a warm (not hot) shower and rinse thoroughly before applying moisturizer.

Skipping The Moisturizer

Achieving a flawless fake tan hinges on achieving uniform application, which becomes a challenge with dry patches or rough skin. Luckily, using a moisturizer can help balance things out, ensuring a seamless, streak-free tan. Dedicate some time to pamper your skin before a self-tanning session by generously applying moisturizer all over, paying extra attention to any rough areas. While any moisturizer will suffice, consider an oil-free option post-tan. Ensure complete absorption of the moisturizer before commencing your tan. New to the moisturizing routine? We've got you covered with our Mistifier Oil-Free Moisturizer.

Failing To Use Sunscreen

Let’s emphasize once more: Self-tanners do not provide sun protection. This indicates that you must apply SPF after your faux tan to shield yourself from harmful UV rays. It’s wise to include sunscreen in your daily regimen and opt for UV-protective garments and broad-brimmed hats when anticipating sun exposure. A good tan can be easily marred by a severe sunburn.

Achieve a flawless fake tan by steering clear of common mistakes before and after application. At Fake Bake, delve into a range of exceptional sunless tanning products designed to elevate your tanning experience. Our expert advice is here to guide you in achieving the tan of your dreams, ensuring a radiant glow every time you tan.

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