Top 10 Self-Tanning Mistakes


Winter has officially hit us. It's cold, dark, and we are all pale. The holidays are near, and we are all longing for a golden glow to rock that perfect holiday outfit. Self-tanners are so sophisticated these days, you can look like you just got back from a tropical vacation, if you apply these products correctly! We can help!

There are a number of mistakes that can ruin your self tan. Below is a list of some of the most common tanning mistakes that people make:

Getting A Mani Or Pedi After Tanning

It is not a good idea to get your nails done after you get a tan. The nail polish remover may leave white circles on your finger tips. It is also hard for a professional to fix this mistake because once the color has developed, it is hard to match it.

Applying Too Much

If you do not think that you will get dark enough, then you may be tempted to apply more. You will likely end up being an orange color if you apply too much tan. The body can only absorb so much of the tan. If you want to apply more tan, then you will need to do it over the course of a few days. Do not apply it all at once.

Not Exfoliating

If you do not exfoliate before you apply the tan, then it will likely end up blotchy. The tan is applied to the top layer of the skin, so it is important to remove the dead skin cells. Use a hydrating a scrub that will not cause skin dryness.

Not Using A Mitt

You could end up with streaks if you apply the tan with your bare hands. Mitts ensure that you will get more even coverage. They will also help keep your hands clean.

Missing Areas

The sides of the fingers, neck, behind the ears, the armpits and the lip area are some of the areas that are often missed when people apply the tan. If you miss areas, then it may be obvious to other people and in photos.

Shaving At The Wrong Time

Not only should you exfoliate before you apply the tan, but you will also need to shave. Shaving also helps exfoliate your skin. In fact, if you exfoliate before you shave, then you will be able to get a closer shave. However, you should wait 48 hours after you tan before you shave again.

Not Waiting Long Enough For The Tan To Set In

You should make sure that you tan completely dries before you put on clothes. It will typically take 15 to 20 minutes for the tan to dry. You can also put a blower dryer on the cool setting and dry your tan.

If you use St. Tropez products and avoid these common mistakes, then you can keep a salon quality spray tan going at home! Come into Felicite Day Spa today and let us recommend the perfect St.Tropez Self Tan regimen for you to keep a golden glow all winter long!