When it comes to self-tanner, there are a number of different types available. From lotions to serums to mists, each sunless tanning product requires its own technique to master the perfect application from head to toe. Lucky for you, we’ve broken down how to use every type of self-tanner, allowing you to use the best self-tanner for your present situation without any hassle. Keep reading to find out how to keep your summer glow around all year long, regardless of your product preferences.
Before you apply any type of self-tanner, it’s important to prep your skin. There are a few steps you’ll want to take to create a smooth, even surface for your self-tanner.
Step #1: Shave away
Shave your legs, underarms, and any other areas with unwanted hair where you’ll be applying self-tanner. Not only will shaving create a smoother surface for your self-tanner, but now’s your last chance to get silky skin—at least for a few days—since shaving post-tanning can remove your self-tanner.
Step #2: Exfoliate
Exfoliate your body to get rid of dead skin cells that have built up on your skin’s surface. This will allow your self-tanner to adhere to your skin better and prevent blotchiness. Head over to our article, How to Exfoliate from Head to Toe, for an in-depth exfoliation routine.
Step #3: Moisturize
After you’ve shaved and exfoliated, you want to moisturize your skin. Self-tanner tends to stick to dry patches of skin, which can lead to an uneven tan. Making sure your skin is hydrated beforehand is an easy way to avoid this self-tanning pitfall.
For a long-lasting self-tan with an invisible feel on your skin, consider a self-tanning mousse. Self-tanning mousses have a foam-like formula that's caused them to be much loved due to their mess-free application, which makes for a more even finish on the skin. Try the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse, which has a whipped texture that doesn’t drip and is easy to blend over your skin for a streak-free tan. Simply pump the mousse onto a tanning mitt, smooth it over your skin, and allow the tan to dry and develop!
If you want to build up your tan over time, a gradual self-tanner is perfect for you. A gradual self-tanner reveals subtle color after a couple of hours and can be applied multiple times to build up to your desired level of tan. This is a great option for people who don’t want a drastic change in their skin tone or are new to self-tanners and want to ease into using one. Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium to get a gradual bronzed glow.
A self-tanning serum has a thinner consistency than a self-tanner lotion, which can make it easier to apply only a thin layer of product. Try the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum, which has a quick-drying formula that can be used on your body and face. When applying self-tanner to your face, remember to follow all of the same prep steps, including using a face scrub and facial moisturizer.
For everything you need to know about using a self-tanning serum, check out our article, How to Use a Self-Tanning Serum for Pretty Golden Color.
If you’re on-the-go, a self-tanning towelette is the most convenient self-tanner type available. One towelette will give you enough product for a full tanning application and can easily be stored in a purse or travel bag. Add the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Towelettes for Body to your packing list for quick, streak-free color. To use, simply swipe the towelette over prepped skin.
Want a tan that mimics an airbrush tan from a salon? A self-tanning mist will give you instant, flawless color in just a matter of minutes. The L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist Medium Natural Tan has a 360-degree wide angle jet applicator to provide even coverage all over—including those super hard to reach spots. Mist a light, even layer of the self-tanner onto your skin and you won’t even need a friend to help you hit the center of your back.