Best Sunless Tanners and Tanning Tips for Beginners


Do you long for that healthy, bronzed look that only comes from a great tan? Are you wary of sun bathing because of the damage it can do to your skin over time? Have you tried sunless tanners that left your skin looking orange, stained your clothing or contained hazardous chemicals?

Fake Bake offers a way to get that healthy, luxurious glow without the hassle or health risks of other self tanners, and without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. We offer a range of patented, paraben-free self-tanners that are perfect for first-time self tanners and self-tanning veterans alike.

Sunless Tanner Types

When it comes to sunless tanners, your first choice is the formula. Self-tan lotions moisturize while giving you a healthy, long-lasting glow. Fake Bake's Original Self Tan Lotion is a great choice that that works with your skin's natural pigments to develop deep color. It goes on dark, so you can see where you've applied it, making it easy to use.

Self-tan liquids and sprays give you professional tanning results at home, without damaging your skin with UV rays or compromising your health with unsafe ingredients. Choose a liquid formula like our Flawless Self Tan Liquid a beautiful, streak-free tan, with liquid that dries quickly and works to darken your skin overnight. You might also opt for our Airbrush Instant Self-Tan, ideal for a quick application, especially to those hard-to-reach places, and a healthy glow that develops in six to eight hours. Check out our Airbrush & Mitt Kit for everything you need to get your professional self tan at home in a matter of minutes.

Self-tan mousse is great for sensitive skin types that might not have reacted well to other formulas. Easy to apply and nourishing to the skin, this silky, lightweight formula is a great way to get that healthy glow you crave, even in the middle of winter. Our Flawless Mousse goes on easily with the included applicator mitt and comes with all the information you need to ensure an even, sun-kissed look.

Tips for Best Results

Especially if you're a first-time tanner, you'll benefit from these suggestions for preparing your skin to for self tanning and keeping it going strong longer.

The first step in self tanning is to ensure that the areas you're tanning are free from hair. You'll want to wax or shave at least 24 hours before you self tan, so plan ahead.

You'll also want to exfoliate your skin before you start, as the smoother your skin is, the more consistent your tan will appear. Fake Bake has some Coconut Exfoliating Wipes to make the job simple but also luxurious. You might also like our In the Buff Exfoliating Mitt.

You'll also want to moisturize your skin to make sure it's properly hydrated. Use our Mistifier™ Oil Free Moisturizing Body Spray for an easy-to-apply moisturizer.

Finally, gather some accessories you'll need, like our Ultimate Tanning Application Mitt or some tanning gloves. Our Body Mate 360° Self Tanning Applicator is a great way to apply self tanning lotion or liquid on hard-to-reach places like your back.

Self tanning applications should last seven to 10 days, but you may be able to make your lovely glow last even longer by using a body moisture every day and avoiding the use of harsh products on the skin, like retinols, acne treatments and exfoliators. 

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