Pampering Sunday – Three Simple Steps to the Perfect Sunless Tan

Sunday, 17 August 2014


Before you get started, make sure you have picked the right product for your skin. For the pale skins amongst you, a gradual tanner is best so you can slowly build up to a perfect golden tan. If you don’t have one, just mix a little self tan into your favourite body moisturiser for the same effect. If you have medium toned skin, you can use a mousse. liquid, spray or gel formula for the perfect finish and if you are lucky enough to have dark skin then a lotion will give the most intense result of all the formulations.

Now let’s get on with getting it on…

Step One – Preparation

You know the old saying  – Poor preparation leads to piss poor performance – well this could have been written about self tanners. 

Preparation is key! 

48 hours before – wax

24 hours before – shave

The night before – scrub, scrub and scrub again then apply a rich moisturiser.

On the day – moisturise again, this time using a lighter lotion but paying particular attention to your elbows, knees, heels, feet and any other particularly dry bits.

If you are tanning your face – apply vaseline to your eyebrows and hairline.

If your toenails are bare, apply a quick coat of polish. It doesn’t matter what colour – you will be taking it off later and any staining with it.

Step Two – Application

Put on a pair of latex gloves. You can get them from any chemist. They are thin enough not to get in the way of precise application but will still prevent those tell tale orange palms.

Work from the top down – face, body, arms then legs. 

Once you are finished, add a little moisturiser onto your gloves, rub your hands together then wipe over your legs onto your feet. This will transfer enough colour onto your feet to blend them in without leaving them orange and streaky. 

Next take off your gloves, add a little tan onto a cotton pad and wipe over the backs of your hands. Again when you are finished, add a little moisturiser and drag over the fingers.

Leave to sink in for half an hour or so then take a tanning mitt – if you don’t have one, an old towel or facecloth will do -and gently buff your skin from the top down. This will remove any excess product that would otherwise cause streaking.

Step Three – Maintenance

To keep your tan looking fresh, moisturise with a lotion every morning. 

DO NOT USE OILS – oils will break down your tan.

On the second day, and alternate days thereafter, gently scrub to encourage your tan to fade evenly.

On the 7th day – repeat steps one to three.

So there you have them – my three simple steps to the perfect sunless tan. What are your top tips for self tanning?

If you have some time on your hands, check out my previous Pampering Sundays posts  – here, here and here. 

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