sun care and self tanning How to Use Self-Tanner Mist for a Gorgeous, UV-Free Glow

You’re just a few spritzes away from the perfect faux glow.

June 10, 2022
How To Use Self Tanner Mist

If you’ve ever used self-tanner before, chances are you’ve had a mishap once or twice. Unless you’re a pro, it can be pretty easy to mess up — and that means you could be left with streaky, patchy color. 


But using a self-tanner is the best way to get that sun-kissed glow you crave year-round (yep, even in the middle of winter) because, let’s face it, no one has the time or the money to get a professional spray tan every other week. So, what can you do to avoid streaks and splotches when applying a self-tanning spray? Keep reading as we break down all you need to know about self-tanner mists, including how to use one without mistakes for a flawless faux glow.


What Does Self-Tanning Mist Do?

Think of self-tanning mist as a DIY spray tan. Instead of having someone else spray color on you in a booth, a wide-angle jet applicator with continuous coverage allows you to spray yourself for a gorgeous air-brushed tan. It lets you achieve a faux bronzed glow on your own time and schedule.


Is Self-Tanning Lotion Better Than Self-Tanning Mist?

You may be wondering — is a self-tanning lotion or mist better? While both are great options for giving yourself an at-home faux glow, each serves its own purpose based on your needs. They’re both easy to use once you get the hang of it, and they both can offer natural-looking, sunless color.


If you want an instantly bronzed complexion, a self-tanning mist may be the better option. If you prefer a more gradual faux tan, consider using a self-tanning lotion. Self-tanning lotion is also a great option to use a few days post spray tan to prolong your bronzed glow.


The L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist Medium Natural Tan and the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Mist Deep Natural Tan offer salon-inspired airbrush tanning results at home. The self-tanner mist has a 360-degree  wide-angle jet applicator that provides continuous coverage for a completely natural-looking tan. 


The super-fine mist applies evenly, dries quickly and is easy to apply to hard-to-reach areas (like your back and shoulders) because of the spray nozzle. The applicator can even be used upside down — without leaking — so you can worry less about making a mess when trying to hit those tricky spots.


Of course having a full-body tan with a dull face is just odd — so reach for the L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist, Vitamin E to complete your look. This water based formula features vitamin E for an extra dose of hydration and there is no prep required.

Apply this to the face, neck and décolletage for a natural bronzed glow free of orange hues.


How To Use Self-Tanning Spray Mist

Never used a self-tanner mist before? No problem! You’ll ace the application in no time. We’re sharing instructions on how to use self-tanning spray mist for a seamless, bronzed glow. 

Step 1. Cleanse And Exfoliate Your Skin

Pay attention: This is the most important prep step. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin and this buildup can cause self-tanner to appear splotchy when you apply it. Self-tanner naturally clings to areas of dry skin, like elbows and knees, so you’ll want to be sure to exfoliate all over beforehand.


Use a gentle scrub cleanser in the shower to remove dead skin cells. Remember to pay extra attention to areas that tend to get dry, so they don’t end up darker than the rest of your body. You can also use a gentle face scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub, to exfoliate your face before tanning.