It’s easy to associate tans with warmth, but sunless tanner is a little different. You actually want your skin to be cool, not warm, before application of sunless tanners.
Here’s why: A lot of people think that applying a self-tanner right out of the shower is a good idea. However, this can encourage self-tanner to settle into your pores, making for a spotty, dirty-looking tan.
Instead, apply self tanner at room temperature. If you’ve just gotten out of the shower, use a hair dryer set on the ‘cool’ function to chill skin out OR stand in front of a fan (and have a Beyonce moment, if you’re so inclined!).
Other tips for the perfect sunless tan:
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Try this body scrub or this non-abrasive facial exfoliant.
- Keep skin super-hydrated in the days prior to tanning, but make sure not to excessively moisturize before using a self-tanner.
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