Everyone starts off as a beginner at one point at everything, self tanning isn't any different. There are rules and things you want to follow to make sure you have the best sunless tan possible. You can easily apply the self tan mousse perfectly, and it comes out terrible, but don't worry! I am here to give you all the things NOT to do before, during and after a fake tan.
Don't make these mistakes:
Using an ultra dark self tanner
Always start with a medium self tanner, a dark or ultra dark can turn you orange if you have a pale skin tone and it leave a lot or room for error. Ultra dark and dark self tanner = high DHA, which means a very dark tan.
You don’t exfoliate beforehand
Exfoliating is a crucial step to do before fake tanning, don't skip it!
Exfoliating/shaving/showering right before
It is best to exfoliate, shave and shower at least 24 hours before a fake tan application so your pores are closed.
You use a body scrub to exfoliate
Only use an exfoliating mitt, dry brush or exfoliating glove to exfoliate. A body scrub can make your tan not develop or not last as long.
Not removing old self tanner fist
Always remove old self tanner before applying a new coat if it has been a week or longer, if you don't you will have a patchy tan.
Not applying lotion to dry areas
To have an even tan that look as natural as possible, always apply lotion to your feet, ankles, knees, elbows and hands BEFORE applying mousse.
Using dove soap
It will leave you with a streaky tan and other brands like it, throw it away.