When it comes to achieving a natural-looking glow, ive got you covered!
Follow these simple (yet effective) Tan Commandments for fuss-free, beautifully bronzed summer skin (even when it’s freezing):
Prep for perfection by doing everything else first – shave your legs and paint your nails prior to applying your tan. For best results when tanning – if leg grooming is your thing – try to shave 24 hours before application, as shaving opens pores and can cause the colour to deposit unevenly!
Exfoliation is key! The best way to achieve a lovely, even application is to exfoliate 24 hours before you plan to apply your self tan, not immediately before!
Use an Exfoliating Mitt (https://tropicskincare.com/products/exfoliating-mitt) or scrub (I highly recommend the Tropic Body Smooth Refreshing Polish (https://tropicskincare.com/products/body-smooth-200ml) to get rid of those pesky dead skin cells and leave your skin a silky smooth blank canvas, eagerly awaiting its impending golden shimmer
PUT DOWN THE MOISTURISER
Moisturising skin immediately before applying your self-tan creates a barrier between your skin and the active plant allo-melanin found in our tanning range! This means that your self tan won’t penetrate the upper layers of the epidermis and your colour won’t develop as effectively.
Luckily, the Tropic products I recommend in the tanning range are super nourishing and moisturising for your skin, so you can hydrate while you tan!
DON’T SKIP THE MITT!
Instead of applying the tanning product directly to your skin, dispense some product onto your Tanning Mitt before clenching your fist to spread it out. Next, apply to your skin from the mitt – this will ensure a more even application.
Work the tan into your skin from your feet upwards to avoid the product applying unevenly on other areas.
You wouldn’t use your body lotion on your face, and the same applies for your tan. That’s why I love the Sun Drops Gradual Tanning Facial Serum, simply blend a few drops with your daily facial moisturiser to achieve a natural sun-kissed glow.
BEWARE OF DRY PATCHES
Elbows, knees, hands and feet are all prone to pick up additional product. After applying tan in these areas, gently wipe them with a damp cloth to smooth the product out.
If your skin is particularly dry in these areas you can also moisturise, to ensure you get a nice even application! By simply popping a small dab of our Body Love Firming Buttercream (https://tropicskincare.com/products/body-love-300m )lonto these areas you will not only smooth your skin and help your tan blend more evenly, but the barrier created by the moisturiser will prevent any undesirably intense colour on these areas. Dry patches are the exception to the no moisturising rule!
WASH YOUR HANDS
The hands can be a real tell-tale signs of tanning mishaps! So, once you’ve finished applying your tan, make sure you carefully wash your hands. This will prevent the product settling on your palms, knuckles and between your fingers.
To achieve an even colour after you have thoroughly washed and dried yours hands, work the excess product from your arms down onto your hands and blend!
AND THE CYCLE BEGINS AGAIN
After 4 days, or as your tan begins to slowly fade, it’s recommended that you exfoliate to help your colour fade evenly, ready for a new application. This is especially important if you have drier skin. After 24 hours you can apply more product to build your tan, and get that sun-kissed glow on the go once more!
YOUR TIME TO TAN
Tan around your schedule
If you’re dressing for a week of warm weather, our Summer Skin Gradual Tanning Lotion (https://tropicskincare.com/products/summer-skin )will build a natural looking, gradual tan.
Caught off-guard by an unseasonably sunny day? Reach for our Instant Glow Perfecting Leg Serum (https://tropicskincare.com/products/instant-glow) to immediately bronze skin.
Already tanned but just want to give your skin an extra boost? Our Summer Goddess Shimmering Body Oil (https://tropicskincare.com/products/summer-goddess-shimmering-body-oil) adorns the skin with a radiant, sun-kissed lustre.
Now that you’ve got your tanning know-how down, there’s nothing standing in the way of you achieving your most radiant sun-free tan yet!
Total tanning confidence is on the horizon – even if the sun stays behind the clouds.