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How To Achieve an Even, Streak-Free Tan at Home

Applying fake tan without a streak or patch in sight isn’t the easiest task. First, there’s choosing the right product: lotion, mist or mousse? Then there’s grasping the technique and the right applicator, because no one wants blotchy skin. Luckily for you, we’ve put together some quick, easy and clever tips to help you achieve a seamless, sunkissed look that no one will know is from a bottle…


  1. Prep Your Body


If you want your self-tan to stick around, you need to prep your skin. When you apply a fake tan over skin that hasn’t been exfoliated, it will only fade as the cells shed, so exfoliate gently the morning or evening before tan application. Opt for a scrub like Dermalogica’s Thermofoliant Body Scrub, which is formulated with Indian Bamboo Stem which physically exfoliates to refine uneven texture and brighten tone while Lactic Acid dissolves dead cells. Added Tea Tree and Grapefruit Peel purify, refresh and leave the skin silky smooth and ready for tan application. 


2.  Choosing The Right Product


Whether you prefer a light, natural looking tan or a dark, post-holiday bronze, choosing the right self-tanner can be the key to achieving a seamless, sunkissed golden glow. If you prefer a lighter tan and a gel texture then we recommend SENSAI’s Silky Bronze Self Tanning for Body which is super easy to apply and quick to absorb into the skin, adding the perfect all-over sunless colour to the body. Prefer something darker? James Read’s Bronzing Mousse Face & Body is a fast drying product which delivers a natural golden tan while infusing the skin with a blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Co-Enzyme Q10 to keep the body smooth and moisturised. 


3. Time To Apply


Whatever you do, don’t use your bare hands to apply self-tanner unless you want your palms to be bright orange. For seamless application, get yourself a mitt like James Read’s Tanning Mitt which will ensure a streak free finish. Use sweeping motions rather than circular as this will distribute the product more evenly.

4. How To Avoid Patchy Hands and Feet



Patchy arms and legs are one thing, but uneven hands and feet? No thanks. To avoid these telltale signs of self-tanning, use the residue left on the mitt after body application. By making them the last step in your tanning routine, you won’t overload the skin with heavy pumps of product but will give them a subtle veil of colour. If you don’t feel comfortable applying product to your hands and feet using a mitt, then grab a big fluffy, soft make-up brush like MAKETHEMAKE’s Loose Powder Brush and with a small amount of tanner, apply it in sweeping motions to these telltale areas. 


5. Achieving A Sun Kissed Face


The cell turnover on our faces is more rapid than our bodies and if you’re an avid user of Retinol or AHAs, this will only speed up that process. The key to avoiding dreaded tan fade is by adding a tanning solution to your daily moisturiser. We love Vitage’s Illuminating Tanning Drops which use three different types of DHA to create a natural, customisable tan that can be built up over a period of time. It also contains Vitamin E to provide mild antioxidant benefits and Citric Acid to minimise large pores and rough texture. 


6. After Care Is Key


We recommend leaving your tan to sit for a minimum of six hours before rinsing it off. This will allow the colour to develop properly. It’s also important to keep your skin hydrated when you’ve self-tanned as dry skin will result in patches so be sure to apply a moisturiser in the morning and evening. A top pick for us is SKINCITY skincare’s Active Body Emulsion which keeps the skin soft, supple and moisturised while infusing it with Niacinamide, Vitamin E and B5. 

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